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10:40 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Lomeo named president/CEO of Kaleida Health

Jody Lomeo has been named president and CEO of Kaleida Health
Credit Kaleida Health

The Kaleida Health Board of Directors has named Jody Lomeo president and CEO.

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Health
1:26 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Dementia symposium raises awareness, connects people to care

Alzheimer’s Association Executive Director Leilani Pelletier.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

The Western New York Alzheimer’s Association held a Dementia Care Symposium in Cheektowaga Friday. The day-long event aims to spread awareness about the disease and how to get help for loved ones at risk.

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Health
5:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Countywide campaign aims to boost organ and tissue donors

Bill Williams, Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs, Roxanne and Olivia Williams.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

In honor of National ‘Donate Life’ month Erie County has launched a year-long campaign to increase the number of organ and tissue donors in New York State.

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Health
5:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Raising awareness of oral cancer

April is oral, head and neck cancer awareness month.
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Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly’s battle with oral cancer is putting a spotlight on the deadly disease.  On the same day the former Buffalo Bill star quarterback was to begin chemotherapy and radition treatments in New York City, WBFO News reports on oral, head and neck cancer awareness month, and how one local woman is spreading the word about the importance of being screened.

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Roswell Park Cancer Institute
8:57 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Insurance key to people getting CT scans for lung cancer

The Roswell Park Cancer Institute says a lack of insurance coverage is a barrier to a new form of cancer screenings.

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Health
5:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Mental health providers collaborate to improve patient care

President of Child and Adolescent Treatment Services Bonnie L. Glazer announces collaboration with Lake Shore Behavioral Health, Inc.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Child and Adolescent Treatment Services & Lake Shore Behavioral Health, Inc. have teamed-up to offer mental health programs for people of all ages. The partnership will allow the agencies to increase the number of mental health programs locally.

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Health
3:52 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Nursing home workers protest new operator's demands

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Picket lines went up outside the Delaware Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Delaware and Utica in Buffalo Thursday. Dozens of workers carried signs and chanted slogans protesting concessions being sought by the facility's new owner.

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Health
5:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

New campaign aims to reduce falls in senior population

Local senior citizens receive information on "Falls Prevention" at free event.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Buffalo’s Fillmore district launches a fall prevention initiative. The effort is being led by the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and Western New York Inc., government officials including councilmember David Franczyk, local businesses and community stakeholders.

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Health
10:07 am
Mon March 3, 2014

West side rep says bridge traffic being prioritized over neighborhood health

Credit File photo

An opponent of Peace Bridge expansion says government is working to run more trucks across the bridge and not doing enough to protect the health of West Side residents damaged by diesel truck exhaust.

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Health Care Coverage
9:39 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Elected leaders, activists push for health care sign ups

News conference on signing up people for health care coverage.
Credit Photo by Chris Caya / WBFO News

Local lawmakers and community activists are urging people without health care coverage to sign up as soon as possible.

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Health
8:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Press Pass: Kaleida's future leadership

Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Kaleida Health is now operating under new leadership. The board of directors recently voted out CEO James Kaskie and named Erie County Medical Center CEO Jody Lomeo to run Kaleida in the interim.

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Health
10:19 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Cancer care community applauds CVS decision

Credit cvs.com

CVS Caremark's decision to stop selling tobacco products is drawing praise in the cancer treatment community.

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Health
7:30 am
Mon February 3, 2014

New Falls wellness center focuses on the 'whole person'

The ribbon cutting for the new Wellness Center, which was dedicated January 30.
Credit www.nfmmc.org/

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center believes it can provide better health care for less money in its new Niagara Wellness Connection Center.

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Health
12:12 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Flu season: Activity is widespread

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein received her flu shot in the fall.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Flu activity is now widespread across most of the nation.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley asked the Erie County Health Commissioner about this year's flu season.

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Health
6:12 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Fight to ban controversial Conversion Therapy

WNY Against Conversion Therapy, with NYS Senator Tim Kennedy (center) and Assemblyman Sean Ryan (far left), who are sponsoring pending in Albany.
Credit Photo from WNY Against Conversion Therapy Facebook page

Two state lawmakers from Buffalo are calling to ban a controversial practice known as Conversion Therapy.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with the coordinator of the newly formed organization fighting against a method they say is anti-gay.


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Health
9:58 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Suicide ‘huge public health issue in Erie County’

Information from Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County is working to end the stigma that surrounds suicide. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says members of the community gathered in downtown Buffalo yesterday to learn about prevention.

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Health
8:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Study finds link between college drinking and PTSD

A significant number of college students have post traumatic stress disorder and are more likely to have problems with alcohol, according to new research from the University at Buffalo.

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Health
5:41 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Kaleida urges employees to report to hospitals in storm

Snowy weather during storm.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Kaleida Health is urging employees to report to their shifts Tuesday evening. That includes doctors, nurses, dietitians, and other employees. Employees living in areas that are under travel bans should carry their Kaleida identification.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with Kaleida Health president & CEO James Kaskie about staffing the four Kaleida Hospitals during the blizzard.

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Health
10:05 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Flu cases on the rise in Erie County

Dr. Gale Burstein says it's not too late to get a flu shot, as she did this past fall.
Credit File photo

Along with dangerously cold temperatures, Erie County is also being hit with influenza.

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Health
6:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

ECMC opens new $15 million surgery center

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

ECMC showed off its new $15 million ambulatory surgery center Monday with two operating rooms in a new building on the Grider Street campus.

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Health
3:17 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Congressman Reed reassures public ‘a lot of folks’ want to help save Lakeshore Hospital

Lakeshore Hospital, Irving, NY.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The future of Lakeshore Hospital in Irving continues to hang in the balance. Earlier this year, hospital leaders announced the facility would close in early 2014 because of financial troubles, unless a new buyer came forward. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, Rep. Tom Reed says intense efforts continue to keep the hospital operating. 


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Health
5:33 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Deadline for health coverage enrollment extended through Christmas Eve

NY Health Exchange Website
Credit WBFO News file photo

The deadline for uninsured Americans to sign up health coverage under the Affordable Care Act was extended until the end of Tuesday, Christmas Eve. The White House decided to give extra 24 hours to citizens to sign up from Monday's looming deadline. BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York has noticed an increase in enrollment over the last week.

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Health
9:11 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Rash of shaken baby cases raising concern

With a sudden surge in damage to infants from shaken baby syndrome, the Erie County Social Services Department is trying to get the word out that there is help in the community for stressed out parents.

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Health
10:12 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Former broadcaster shares his battle with Leukemia

Former Buffalo broadcasters Ray Marks, battling Leukemia, perseveres as he continued to teach a class at Medaille this fall while undergoing chemotherapy.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A former Buffalo radio newsman is battling Leukemia. Ray Marks is preparing to undergo a stem cell transplant at the end of January. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the retired broadcaster and now adjunct professor wants to share his story in hopes of helping others.

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Health
8:40 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Proposed legislation to make non-invasive cancer treatment more affordable

Oral chemotherapy pills.
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Lawmakers are considering a bill that would provide cancer patients more access to affordable treatments.

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Health
7:14 am
Fri November 22, 2013

State spending less on smoking cessation programs

Today is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, an effort begun by anti-cancer groups nearly four decades ago to help people quit smoking. This year, the Cancer Society in New York is using the day to call attention to a decline in state spending on anti-smoking programs.

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Health
5:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Rochester seeks refugees to step into gap in health care services

Home health nurse Sarah Miner, right, talks to Abdalla about his medicines.
Credit Kate O'Connell / WXXI

The Innovation Trail is looking at how refugees have weaved their way into upstate New York's changing economy.

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Health
9:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Panel examines futures of Medicare, Social Security

AARP held an informational session in Clarence Thursday to education citizens about the future of Medicare and Social Security. The session was held to alleviate the fears Americans may have about the programs running out of money.

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Affordable Care Act
8:52 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Local health insurance exec says Obamacare roll-out smoother in New York

Don Ingalls

President Barack Obama Thursday offered a fix to those Americans who are upset about losing their health insurance. The President says insurance companies can keep offering consumers plans for one more year that would otherwise be canceled. 

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Health
9:55 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Off-the-shelf football safety equipment offers same protection as custom-made

High school football players.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

A new report claims that special mouth guards and helmets marketed to reduce concussions may not actually provide any additional protection for football players. The findings are from a 2012 study that followed 1,332 high school athletes during a season.

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