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Neurologists and best-selling author Oliver Sacks has died .

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There’s a special room now open to cancer patients at the Erie County Medical Center. It offers hope and care to young adults dealing with a life-threatening diagnosis.


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Major airports across New York, including Buffalo Niagara International, would have to provide space for breastfeeding moms under a proposed law that was unveiled Tuesday. A study shows only eight percent of airports across the nation have lactation rooms.

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Mercy Flight is taking more precautions regarding the region's weather by establishing a new hangar in Springville.


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The University at Buffalo has received a prestigious recognition from the National Institutes of Health, a four-year $16 million Clinical Translational Science Award.

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New York is playing it safe when it comes to the bird flu. Poultry exhibits have been banned from all state fairs, including the Erie County Fair.

Red Cross nearing shortage on certain blood types

Aug 6, 2015
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The American Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, but not without significant help from communities.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there’s the equivalent of one bottle of prescription painkillers for every adult American. Meanwhile, 46 people a day die from an overdose of those same painkillers. That’s why New York State is trying to curb the problem of overprescribing.

New York State continues to make strides towards authorizing cannabis for medical treatment. Many are jumping on the medical marijuana industry band wagon.

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Among the individuals and families strolling through Delaware Park in Buffalo today were some who were there to raise awareness of breastfeeding and its benefits for both baby and mother.

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Some members of Congress want Canada to require makers of the painkiller oxycodone to use the same kind used in the United States, which is more difficult to use illegally.


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You may have recently started to hear the term “mental health parity.” It refers to federal and state requirements for insurers to cover mental health and addiction treatment as they would any other medical condition. Insurers haven’t always complied. As Michelle Faust reports, state lawmakers' recent actions intend to take hurdles from insurance out of the long path to recovery from addiction.

The surge in opiate drug overdoses has persuaded an alliance of health care agencies and insurers to revive the PainKillers Kill public awareness campaign.


Buffalo's Roswell Park Cancer Institute has again been named one of the country's best cancer hospitals. A new ranking from U.S News and World Report ranks Roswell #43 in the nation, up from #50 last year.

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Following a recent 24-hour period during which rescuers in the City of Buffalo handled at least 10 heroin and other opioid overdose cases, the head of one local treatment center is asking: where's the public outrage?

Michelle Faust

Deaths from drug overdose have outpaced automobile accidents as the leading cause of injury in 35 states, including New York. But the state is making strides to curtail that trend. Physicians are integral to treating addiction, but the country has a shortage of doctors with training in the specialty.


Over 1 million more New Yorkers on Medicaid

Jul 19, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York has added 1.1 million people to Medicaid since the state health exchange opened last year in the national effort to connect the uninsured with low-cost coverage.
 

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Evergreen Health Services is ready to undergo a major expansion in Buffalo.  A groundbreaking was held Wednesday morning outside the downtown headquarters on South Elmwood Avenue.

Overdose antidote widely available in New York State

Jul 13, 2015
Michelle Faust

Overdose deaths in the United States have more than doubled since 1999, outpacing automobile accidents as the leading cause of injury in 35 states, including New York. A nationwide spike in the number of deaths from opioid drugs has been followed by a push for increased availability of the overdose antidote naloxone. 


State lawmakers target growing use of opiates

Jul 10, 2015
Robert Ortt

State lawmakers are stepping up efforts to curb a heroin epidemic after the CDC released a study showing a drastic rise in use and deaths related to the drug.

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A new effort is looking to improve the region's health by working at the grassroots level. Canisius College and the Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo are teaming up to train and certify community health workers.


The first discovered instance of a mosquito bearing the West Nile virus this year has been reported in Erie County.

Roswell Park teams up with Nigerian cancer center

Jun 30, 2015
Dave DeLuca

About 102,000 new cancer cases are diagnosed annually in Nigeria. More than 70 percent die from the disease.

Concerns over powdered alcohol continue to grow

Jun 22, 2015

With powdered alcohol set to launch this summer, a new poll shows most U.S. adults are concerned that the product will increase underage drinking.

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Four area businesses are vying for state approval to begin growing and selling medical marijuana. New York is the 23rd state in the national that legalized use of the drug to treat patients. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley spoke to one of the local applicants.

Health experts speak of the value of prevention

Jun 5, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Health experts led a forum Friday morning on Buffalo's Darwin Martin campus, where they discussed the advantages of preventive health care, to both the individual and the community.

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A few dozen people concerned over the potential closing of the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center turned out for a public hearing in Buffalo's City Hall on Friday.

Gates Vascular doctors mark surgery milestone

May 26, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Doctors on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus are marking a milestone.

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With the long holiday weekend and warmer weather ahead, the Interim Chair of Roswell Park Cancer Institute's Department of Dermatology is warning of the dangers of the sun.

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A man from Australia will soon be returning to his homeland after coming to Buffalo for life-saving brain surgery.

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