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Orchard Park Middle School

Orchard Park Middle School is closed today because of a virus outbreak. The closure includes weekend activities.

Niagara County has its first known case of Zika virus. According to the county Health Department, the person was infected while traveling outside the country.

Improved cardiac care coming to Niagara County

Apr 18, 2016
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

Lifesaving cardiac care will soon be readily accessible in Niagara County following  an historic agreement between four health care systems.


Drug Enforcement Administration

Got drugs? Want to get rid of them - safely? West Seneca Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration are giving the public an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

It's a dubious distinction that health advocates are working to change.

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A new device is being created with the help of a University at Buffalo professor that will track what you eat through sounds. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley tells us about a necklace that hears what you are eating and could be used to help in dieting.

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A new method of prescribing medication is in effect in New York. As of yesterday, paper prescriptions will no longer be hand-written by doctors or accepted by pharmacies across the state.

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The University at Buffalo is receiving a grant that officials say will help them move forward with a study on concussions and their effects on teen athletes.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is calling for a ban on the sale of cigarettes and electronic cigarettes at pharmacies in the county.

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Factions in the Erie County Legislature are arguing over how to do something about the problem of sports concussions among young people.

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The North Park Theater was packed Thursday night for a town hall meeting on the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic. The meeting was sponsored by Save the Michaels of the World, an organization formed to deal with the over-prescription of drugs following the death of 21-year-old Michael Israel.


New video on addiction aims to stir more conversation

Feb 26, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Federal law enforcers hope a newly-released video documentary featuring real-life stories of opioid addiction will prove to be a powerful tool as Americans address the continuing public health and safety crisis.


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According to a local expert, Buffalo is one of the worst cities in the country for lead poisoning.

Concerns over the spread of the Zika virus is changing the way blood banks operate.


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More and more companies have introduced impact sensors to monitor hits suffered by athletes during games and practices. The technology usually focuses on concussions, but as The Innovation Trail's Sasha-Ann Simons reports, one company is gearing its gadget to look at other brain injuries, too.


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Local health officials and law enforcers say the year 2016 is showing no signs of relief from opiate addiction. They're reporting a sharp rise in fatal overdoses in a short span of time, possibly about two dozen cases in a 10-day span.

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While public researchers scramble to deal with the threat of the Zika virus, one local expert believes finding a vaccine will take a long time.


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"The best is yet to come," according to Dr. Candace Johnson, who is marking her first anniversary as President and CEO of Buffalo's Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

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As concerns about the Zika virus continue to intensify, New York's senior senator  is imploring federal agencies to take decisive steps to try to contain the threat.

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Electronic cigarettes may expose users to a potentially harmful chemical. A research team led by Dr. Maciej Goniewicz, of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, found that benzaldehyde, a food flavoring, can irritate the respiratory tract.

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They call them food deserts. Many of Buffalo’s east side residents are more than a mile away from a supermarket. This can often lead to poor eating habits.

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They say they best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. That could explain why so many salesmen pitch products to clients over dinner and drinks. But what happens when that client is the person you trust with you and your family’s health? One Buffalo resident is shining some light on how pharmaceutical representatives feed your doctor and how it impacts drug sales.


Supporters of a movement to change New York State's laws regarding minors seeking HIV treatment hope to have Governor Cuomo's proposed legislation before state lawmakers by June.


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The Erie County Legislature committee session on Thursday heard from a police officer, doctor and county health commissioner. Then, it heard from two moms who buried sons and a suburban teacher who has attended 15 wakes for former students.

After some early confusion on Thursday morning, including whether two local dispensaries would be open for business, New York State's medical marijuana program officially got underway. However, many hoping to access the highly-anticipated drug are still awaiting the required certification to receive it.


New cases of syphilis in Erie County have surged nearly fourfold over a five-year span. Local health officials say anonymous sexual encounters arranged online are fueling the spread of the sexually transmitted disease.


A source close to one of the two companies picked to dispense medical marijuana in the Buffalo area says the much-anticipated launch of the state's program is "imminent." Advocates concerned that the program will miss Tuesday's state-imposed deadline say patients have waited long enough.


More than 100 cities across the country have raised the legal purchasing age for tobacco to 21, and the entire state of Hawaii followed suit on New Year’s Day. Now, anti-smoking advocates in Western New York are hoping to see the same thing happen in the region’s Southern Tier. 


UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Researchers studying the effects on concussions on athletes hope the new film Concussion will raise awareness about the effects of head trauma on the brain. 

buffalo.edu

There may be some big changes in the way you visit your doctor soon. Virtual health care technology that's being taught at the University at Buffalo could allow patients to receive checkups from the comfort of their own homes.

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