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Roswell Park teams up with Nigerian cancer center

23 hours ago
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.

One year ago, Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs and his auto bureau staff set out on a "Donate Life" enrollment campaign with a goal of increasing the local number of registered organ donors by 30 percent. Thursday he announced that campaign was a success.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is coping with the breast cancer diagnosis and impending double mastectomy surgery of his longtime partner and cooking show celebrity Sandra Lee.

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Just weeks after the interim tag was removed from her title, Dr. Candace Johnson, President and CEO of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, took part in an historic trip to Cuba. The journey provided a memorable start to the new leader's ambitious agenda for the legendary institution. 


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The build-out of the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus is moving full-speed ahead. Crews are busy putting up the new Children's Hospital on High Street and, a few hundred feet away along Main Street, UB's new medical school is going up.

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Governor Cuomo introduced a blue print for ending the AIDs epidemic in New York by 2020.

Health officials alarmed over rise in e-cigarette use

Apr 17, 2015
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Instead of smoking cigarettes, more teens are using electronic cigarettes. According to a new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in just one year, e-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled to over 13 percent.

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With a focus on the region's large and diverse refugee population, a summit was held Thursday to address the challenges new residents face accessing healthcare. It was hosted by UB's School of Public Health and Health Professions.

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Concerns over teenagers abusing powdered alcohol has some state lawmakers pushing to ban its sale in New York.

Hidden dangers sit on the toy shelves of some stores, according to a new report.

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New York State's acting health commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, marked the start of National Public Health Week on Monday by kicking off a statewide tour in Buffalo.

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Like many holidays, Easter comes with its share of unhealthy activities, from big family meals, to lots of sweet treats. But on the lawn of the White House, on Monday, one UB faculty member is joining a team that aims to change that.

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It gives a troubling twist to the cliche "don't let the bed bugs bite." A national pest control company has found that Buffalo is 26th in the nation for the number of treatments provided to battle bed bug infestation.

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The Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will receive a share of 50-million dollars over the next two years. The unprecedented funding comes from the new state budget. For many people it will mean support for the high cost of care-giving at home.

Officials report significant spike in drug overdoses

Apr 2, 2015
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Local health and law enforcement officials say there has been a noticeable spike in heroin and opioid overdoses in the first quarter of this year.

More local residents are kicking the habit. The latest New York State Health Department survey shows Buffalo-Niagara's smoking rate is down by one third compared to five years ago.

"Cancer: Emperor of All Maladies," a three-part, six-hour film, airs this week on PBS and premieres Monday at 9 p.m. on WNED-TV. For one local doctor, the film reflects the improved realities for those diagnosed with cancer.

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A sixth case of the measles was confirmed last week in Ontario's Niagara region. Officials believe it is connected to the other five and to a youth gathering in Toronto earlier this month. 

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A new health care company, specializing in house calls, has opened in Buffalo. Landmark Medical, based in California, has opened a headquarters at the Larkin Center for Commerce. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says the service offers an extension of primary care for those most chronically ill, homebound or bed-bound patients.


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Buffalo's Gates Vascular Institute is providing some of the most revolutionary stroke treatment in the world.  Gates and UB Neurosurgery announced it is one of the leaders in a landmark, $50-million international clinical trial.

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Health officials continue warning parents to make sure their child is immunized against the Measles. There are confirmed cases in 17 states including New York and the Erie County Health Commissioner wants parents to understand facts,not fear, about vaccines. 

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The State Environmental Conservation Department is making apparent major changes in its rules for air emissions. The matter was discussed Monday night at a public meeting in the Town of Tonawanda's Sheridan Parkside Community Center.

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Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein is warning parents of an increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) during these extremely cold winter days. The Health Department notes two infants have already died tragically this winter due to unsafe sleep environments.


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