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5:55 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Health officials alarmed over rise in e-cigarette use

Local citizens vaping on e-cigs in downtown Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

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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Health
4:50 am
Fri April 10, 2015

UB summit examines healthcare concerns for influx of refugees

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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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Health
2:46 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Advocates seek state ban on the sale of powdered alcohol

Horizon Health Services President Anne Constantino talked about the dangers of powdered alcohol at a Thursday news conference.
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Concerns over teenagers abusing powdered alcohol has some state lawmakers pushing to ban its sale in New York.

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Health
2:45 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

New report finds toxic toys common on store shelves

This popular Thomas & Friends toy train was found to contain lead, cobalt and cadmium.

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

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Public Health Week
1:00 am
Tue April 7, 2015

New York's health commissioner visits Buffalo to discuss fitness, obesity

Members of the William-Emslie YMCA take part in exercises during a visit by acting New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. The seniors participate in a fitness program known as Club 99.
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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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Health
12:05 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

UB professor brings yoga to White House Easter egg roll

Catherine Cook-Cottone
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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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Health
8:18 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Bed bugs a growing problem in Buffalo and other cities

Bed bugs
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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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Health
3:09 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

WNY Alzheimer's Association gets share of $50-million state grant; will help alleviate cost at home

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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.

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Health
4:17 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Officials report significant spike in drug overdoses

Hochul and Burstein (3rd and 4th from left) talked about the recent spike in ODs locally.
Credit Michael Mroziak/WBFO News

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.

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Health
4:20 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Area smoking rate declines

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.

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Health
4:43 am
Mon March 30, 2015

New PBS film explores developments in cancer treatments

"Cancer: Emperor of All Maladies" premieres tonight at nine on WNED-TV.

"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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Measles
6:00 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Ontario officials warn of measles exposure at Toronto youth event

Center for Disease Control stresses the importance of the measles vaccine.
Credit Photo from the Center for Disease Control website.

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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Health
10:25 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Landmark Medical offers 'house calls' to subscribers

Landmark Medical opens headquarters at the Larkin Center of Commerce in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

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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Health
6:00 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Gates Vascular says new stroke care is a ‘paradigm shift’

Researchers at Buffalo's Gates Vascular Institute and UB Neurosurgery announce revolutionary stroke treatment.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

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
9:29 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Measles vaccine: Facts, not fear

Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County Health Commissioner urging parents to immunize their children against measles.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

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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Health
4:45 am
Tue February 10, 2015

DEC proposes new air quality laws

A small crowd turned out for a public meeting Monday night at the Sheridan Parkside Community Center.
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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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Health
11:42 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Erie County Health Commissioner: SIDS risk increases in cold weather

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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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Health
4:15 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Ryan proposes linking child vaccinations to tax breaks

Assemblyman Sean Ryan and Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein talked about the importance of childhood vaccinations at a news conference Friday.
Credit Eileen Buckley/WBFO News

With an outbreak of measles reported in 14 states, Assemblyman Sean Ryan is proposing legislation that would require a child to be vaccinated before a parent can receive their child dependent tax deduction.

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Health
4:50 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Local officials stress the importance of vaccinations

Dr. Stephen Turkovich, flanked by Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein and County Executive Mark Poloncarz, talked about the importance of vaccines.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The multi-state measles outbreak tied to Disneyland has local officials urging residents to get vaccinated. 

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Health
4:45 am
Wed February 4, 2015

UB research focused on cancer treatments

UB researcher Jennifer Surtees
Credit Photo courtesy of UB

The yeast which has been used for thousands of years to make beer is providing material for a cancer research study deep inside human genes.

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BCBS of WNY gives free local benefits to members
2:01 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY gives free local benefits to members

Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY's "Blue Box"
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

220,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield subscribers in Western New York will soon receive a “Blue Box” filled with two-for-one dining cards.

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Health
4:38 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder?

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Have the winter blues got you down? Seasonal Affective Disorder can be a very traumatic for some this time of year


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Health
12:15 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Erie County infant dies from flu complications

An infant living in Erie County recently died from complications relating to the flu. Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein says it is the first confirmed flu-related death in the county this season. 

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Increase in flu cases filling up Buffalo General
6:00 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Increase in flu cases filling up Buffalo General

Hospital room at Kaledia.
Credit WBFO News file photo

As the flu and similar illnesses spread across the nation, local hospitals are experiencing an additional influx of patients.

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Prevent frostbite, but don't be afraid of winter
5:51 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Prevent frostbite, but don't be afraid of winter

Dr. Colin McMahon, Chief Medical Officer of Buffalo General Medical Center
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

As temperatures hit their coldest so far, this season, WBFO’s Avery Schneider went to the Buffalo General Medical Center to find out what residents need to know about beating one of the more dangerous ailments brought on by the frigid weather.

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Health
1:55 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

State proposes medical marijuana regulations

New York officials have proposed regulations for a medical marijuana program expected to start in 2016. 

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Health
2:17 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

NYS health enrollment extended due to November snow

Doctors checking on patient
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If you haven’t enrolled in the New York State Health Exchange yet, the deadline has been extended a few days. The original cut-off for January 1, 2015 enrollment was December 15, but the state moved the date to December 20, 2015 due to the November snow storm.

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Health
3:27 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Public argues pros and cons of universal healthcare

Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried is sponsoring legislation that would create a statewide universal single-payer healthcare system.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Could healthcare become universal for all New Yorkers? The State Assembly held a hearing on the suggested New York Health Act in Buffalo Wednesday.

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Health
6:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Toronto considering ban on energy drink sales to minors

The city of Toronto's board of health has given the green light for a study on banning the sale of popular energy drinks to minors. If approved, it would eventually mean a ban on the sale of drinks such as Red Bull and Monster to people under the age of 19 at all city-owned buildings and venues.

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Health
7:45 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Roswell Park opens newly-expanded Endoscopy Center

A look inside Roswell Park's new Endoscopy Center
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Roswell Park Cancer Institute has expanded its capabilities for advanced procedures with its new Endoscopy Center, which opened Thursday

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