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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
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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.
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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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Health
1:26 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

ECMC, Women and Children's added to state's list of Ebola hospitals

ECMC is now a designated Ebola care hospital.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that two more hospitals have received designations to treat potential Ebola patients, both of them in Buffalo.

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Health
12:13 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Panel addresses shifts in health care under Affordable Care Act

Health reform panel discussion
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A panel discussion on health care reform was held at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York headquarters Friday. The session aimed to address the present and future of health care as session two of the Affordable Care Act launches with open enrollment on November 15th.

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Health
10:39 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Cuomo says state was prepared for Ebola case

Governor Cuomo says New York was properly prepared for the eventuality that an Ebola case would develop in the state. The governor made his comments during a Thursday night news conference.

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Ebola
8:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Canadian Ebola vaccine proceeds to clinical trials

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While medical officials across the country grapple with how to prepare for Ebola, there is hope that a vaccine is a big step closer. Last week, north of the border, Canada's health minister announced that clinical trials for an Ebola vaccine, developed by Canadian scientists, is now underway in Maryland. 

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Health
1:54 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Erie County launches campaign to eradicate home lead threats

"Wipe Out Lead" launched with texting and billboard campaign.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

In an effort to reduce lead hazards in area homes, Erie County announced the “Wipe Out Lead” billboard and texting campaign Monday. The county received federal funds to help eradicate lead poisoning across the region.

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Health
9:25 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Local nurses train for Ebola

Inside the Erie County Public Health Lab.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Local nurses are being trained to respond to Ebola.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says union nurses are learning how to put on protective gear and respond to an Ebola patient.

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Health
9:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Cuomo outlines state's Ebola preparedness plan

NYS designates 8 hospitals to treat potential Ebola patients. No hospital in Buffalo was selected.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state is taking steps to prepare for possible cases of Ebola in New York.

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Health
12:33 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Roswell receives funding to increase HPV vaccinations

HPV vaccine
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Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been awarded special funding that will be specifically directed at increasing HPV vaccinations among youth. WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports Roswell is one of 18 centers nationwide to lead this effort in preventing cancer-causing viruses.


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Health
5:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Mayor Brown confident Kaleida will find buyer for Women & Children’s building

Rendering of the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital

Now that Kaleida Health broke ground on the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital on Ellicott Street Wednesday, many wonder what will become of the current Bryant Street site.

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Health
12:02 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Officials break ground on new Children's Hospital

Officials break ground on new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A groundbreaking ceremony took place on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Wednesday for the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. The $270 million facility will replace Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo on Bryant Street.

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Health
1:52 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

State helpline succeeding in resolving healthcare conflicts

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, A.G. Eric Schneiderman, Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Senator Tim Kennedy.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A new report released by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office is highlighting the effectiveness of the Health Care Bureau Helpline. The toll-free service has assisted more than 20,000 New Yorkers, 189 of which were Erie County residents.

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