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11:14 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Decline in NIH funding affecting local researchers

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Jobs and medical breakthroughs could be at stake unless Washington boosts funding for the National Institutes of Health.

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Health
1:46 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Enterovirus D68 cases confirmed in Erie County

Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo
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Fourteen case of Enterovirus D68 have been confirmed in Erie County. The Erie County Health Department announced Monday that they're still testing others for the illness. The respiratory virus has been present in region since August.

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Health
7:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

CDC officials encouraging flu shots

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says flu season is upon us.

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Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
6:44 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Golisano provides $3.5 million for Niagara Falls health center

Rendering of exterior of Golisano Center for Community Health

The Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has announced the largest gift in its history. Businessman and philanthropist Tom Golisano, through his foundation, is donating $3.5 million toward construction of a new center for community health.

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Health
1:27 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

ECMC nurses agree to new 7-year labor deal

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Nurses at Erie County Medical Center have overwhelmingly voted in favor of a new seven-year labor contract.

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Health
5:00 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Parkinson's awareness event to take place in Buffalo

Moving Day
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The third annual Moving Day event for Parkinson’s disease will take place Sunday in downtown Buffalo. The event aims to spread awareness of the disease and raise money to support Parkinson’s programs and research.

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Health
7:26 am
Thu August 21, 2014

UB among SUNY campuses funded for overdose antidotes

Syringe
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Twelve SUNY campuses across New York State have received funding to equip campus police with the life-saving heroin antidote Naloxone also known as Narcan. The initiative aims to combat the epidemic of heroin overdose nationwide.

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Health
5:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Local immigrants help raise funds for Ebola epicenters

The epicenter of the Ebola virus outbreak is in several West-African countries.
Credit Courtesy: Sierra Leone Cultural Alliance of Western New York, Inc.

A group of local West-African immigrants have created a new organization that will help raise money to assist poor countries battling the Ebola outbreak. The Save Africa/End Ebola organization is collecting funds to purchase much needed medical supplies.

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Health
10:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Robin Williams's death spotlights issues of depression, addiction

Robin Williams's suicide is drawing attention to the issues of depression and addiction.
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With the tragic news that actor and comedian Robin Williams committed suicide, experts are weighing in to offer advice for people suffering with alcohol and drug addictions and depression. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with one expert from the University at Buffalo.

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Health
9:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Albany funds statewide health information network

Dr. Howard Zucker, New York's Acting Health Commissioner, announces funding for SHINNY
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

New York residents will soon be able to have their medical records follow them wherever they go across the state.

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Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
8:44 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

City Planning Board approves plans for new Fruit Belt market

An artist rendering of the SweetPea Market.
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Ground-breaking is expected by the end of the summer for a new food market in Buffalo's Fruit Belt neighborhood that will specialize in fresh fruits and vegetables.  The city planning board signed off on the project Tuesday.

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Health
1:02 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Pink pillows providing comfort to breast cancer patients

Nancy Kielar, Lisa Smith with the Pink Pillow Project and Dr. Ronald Bauer.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Catholic Health and Sisters of Charity Hospital recognized the work of the Pink Pillow Project and the Twin City Quilters Guild Friday. The groups are responsible for making mastectomy pillows to give to Breast Cancer patients across western New York.

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Health
5:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

State food policy council holds listening session to improve food access

The New York State Council on Food Policy holds meeting at Buffalo City Hall titled: Farm, Food and Policy: Getting It Right in New York State.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A meeting to strategize ways to combat hunger was held in Buffalo Wednesday. The New York State Council on Food Policy held its third listening session as part of its tour across the state.

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Health
1:17 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

African American leaders sound the alarm on the rise of Hepatitis C

Dr. Raul Vazquez and local African Americans leaders talk about the spread of Hepatitis C in the black community.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Healthcare professionals and community leaders in Buffalo are helping to raise awareness about the impact of Hepatitis C in the African American community.

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Roswell Park Cancer Institute
9:42 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Roswell Park President/CEO Donald Trump to retire

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Dr. Donald Trump, the president and CEO of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, is retiring. 

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Health
3:01 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Roswell Park again earns prestigious designation

Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Dr. Donald Trump, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo celebrated the Roswell designation Tuesday in Buffalo.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Following a vigorous review, the National Cancer Institute has renewed Roswell Park's Comprehensive Cancer Center Grant. The designation secures more than $19 million in federal funding for Roswell for another five years.

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Health
5:00 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Overdose antidote being debated in Toronto

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There are growing calls for police officers in Toronto to carry an antidote that would counteract the effects of an overdose.  Overdoses from some opiates, which include powerful painkillers, have become of the leading causes of accidental deaths in Ontario.

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Health
5:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

VA of WNY's newly renovated prosthetics facility to help serve more veterans

VA of Western New York Healthcare System Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service Department's CPO Eileen Beck, Chief of Prosthetics Magaret Dunn and patient John Bray.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The VA of Western New York Healthcare System held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its newly renovated Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service Department Thursday.

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Health
2:59 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Rural/Metro institutes tobacco-free policy

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein celebrated Rural/Metro's new tobacco-free policy.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Saturday marks "World No Tobacco Day" and to help celebrate, Rural/Metro has declared all of its properties tobacco-free.

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Health
10:41 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Toronto unveils condom campaign ahead of Pride celebration

Toronto is preparing for June's Pride festivities, including the Pride Parade at the end of May. Earlier this month the Pride flag was raised at City Hall and for this year's celebration, the Toronto Health Authority is adding something new.

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Health
5:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

New study finds toxic chemicals in e-cigarette vapor

E-Cigarette.
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E-cigarettes may have the same amount of toxic chemicals or more than traditional cigarettes. A new study released by Roswell Park Cancer this week finds that the electronic devices might not be safer than tobacco cigarettes.

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Health
3:02 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

New Health Mall opens on Buffalo's East Side

Erie County Health Mall opens at 1500 Broadway in Buffalo.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

A first-of-its-kind Health Mall has opened in Buffalo Friday. Local officials were joined by community leaders in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the facility located at 1500 Broadway.

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Health
9:58 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Mount St. Mary's to join Catholic Health system

Mount St. Mary's Hospital.
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Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and Health Center in Lewiston is formally joining the Catholic Health system. The organizations have been affiliated for years through the Acension Health system, but now they’re making it official.

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Health
5:29 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Erie County reminds parents to vaccinate their children

National Infant Immunization Week.
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The Erie County Department of Health is reminding parents to get their children vaccinated. The call is in observance of National Infant Immunization Week this week.

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Health
2:41 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Memorial event renews call for additional workplace safety guidelines

Community observed Workers Memorial Day.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Laborers, community members and local officials commemorated the lives of workers who have died on the job from injury or illness Monday. Workers Memorial Day aims to shed light on existing on the job hazards.

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Health
10:13 am
Fri April 25, 2014

FDA proposes new rules for e-cigarettes

E-cigarette.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

The Food and Drug Administration proposed strict new regulations on e-cigarettes yesterday. The FDA plans to submit a regulatory blueprint to congress that will widen its authority over the electronic devices, as well as cigars, pipe tobacco and hookahs.

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Health
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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