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September marks National Recovery Month, a recognition of those who have successfully overcome their addictions. One local program who works with addicts is hosting its own Recovery Day Friday in Williamsville.


The New York Attorney General and HealthNow New York have come to a settlement after an investigation uncovered the wrongful denial of thousands of claims for outpatient psychotherapy and and nutritional counseling for eating disorders. AG Eric Schneiderman said the wrongful denials totaled more than $1.6 million in patient claims.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Erie County Department of Mental Health is hosting an all-day training program that will help many working within the justice system to better recognize the presence of  mental illness in many who pass through.


Organ donation age lowered in NYS

Aug 19, 2016

New York is lowering the age at which drivers can register to become organ donors from 18 down to 16.

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Smokers who switch from traditional tobacco cigarettes to electronic cigarettes may ingest the same level of nicotine, but their exposure to harmful chemicals is significantly reduced - so much so that it is like the person quit smoking. Those are the results of new research from Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Rabies vaccine bait drops begin this week

Aug 15, 2016
Niagara County Health Department

New Yorkers may see planes and helicopters overhead this week, dropping thousands of pellets across city and rural areas. It is the annual rabies vaccine air drop and there are some things to remember when you see the waxy green, vanilla-scented packets.

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Half a year ago, Zika was a virus discussed by public health personnel and medical researchers. Now, it is a serious health issue in Puerto Rico and South Florida, where it has apparently being spread by a mosquito which carries some other dangerous bugs. 

Rich Kellman

The world is changing at lightning speed and healthcare is no exception. But change can be good for doctors, patients and people looking for a new career. As WBFO contributor Rich Kellman reports, teams of physician assistants, nurse practitioners, medical scribes and others are helping meet the challenges associated with rising costs and meeting patients' needs.


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Buffalo’s Lower West Side is now the future home of a $5 million integrated medical facility. Groundbreaking for the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network’s newest project took place Wednesday afternoon in a grass and gravel lot on Seventh Street.


A University at Buffalo Medical School researcher says pioneering work on the human brain offers a clue to how addiction takes control of one segment of the brain and makes recovery difficult. It is a matter of protein, the reward center and genes.

U.S. News & World Report is out with its annual ranking of hospitals.

A new 24-hour, 365-day-a year hotline aimed at addressing Erie County's opioid addiction epidemic went live Monday morning.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says there will be zero tolerance for insurance companies who try to shirk their obligations.

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The FDA announced Tuesday it would begin a review of its policy on blood donations from gay men. But many members of the LGBTQ community are still upset about being turned away when they tried to donate blood following the terrorist attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando. 

A "boil water" notice continues for communities in the northtowns affected by Wednesday night's water main break, though there was positive news from the Erie County Health Department Friday.

Independent Health drops major cancer treatment provider

Jul 22, 2016

Independent Health has decided to drop CCS Oncology from its provider network as of January 1, 2017. The change in coverage has left some 560 members looking for a new cancer physician.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A "boil water" advisory is expected to remain in effect until at least Friday in numerous municipalities affected by Wednesday night's water main break in the Town of Amherst. Meanwhile, concerns were raised about the Erie County Water Authority's communication amidst the break.


Uncontrolled blood pressure is the number one killer locally, according to Millennium Collaborative Care, a five-year, state-funded effort to prevent and treat the major health problems confronting our region. The effort was made necessary because Western New York has a number of problem areas, including heart health.

Mercy Hospital of Buffalo

Communications of America Local 1133, representing employees at Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo, have authorized a strike at the Catholic Health facility by a 96 percent vote over the last two days.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Health experts view it as history-in-the-making. A new partnership between Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Indian Health Service is expected to improve health outcomes for American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

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An inflatable ‘fat cat’ was displayed Monday morning outside the Catholic Health headquarters facing Oak Street and Genesee Streets as the busy morning commute was underway. It was displayed by the Communications Workers of America.

MASH Urgent Care and UBMD Pediatrics are joining forces to create a first-of-its kind partnership, bringing the specialists from Women & Children's Hospital to an urgent care setting.

People who face ongoing health conditions could benefit from attending self-management workshops, according to medical experts.

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Hundreds of Western New Yorkers, active in the fight against cancer, joined in a national movement to find a cure for the disease. Doctors, researchers, government officials, cancer survivors and patients took part in the regional Cancer Moonshot Summit hosted at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute on Wednesday morning.


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Niagara County residents in need of non-emergency medical care have a new option, as Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center opens evening care hours.


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Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to push his Get Screened, No Excuses Campaign.

New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

Just in time for Father's Day, a state agency has published a resource guide for new and expectant fathers.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The changing population of Buffalo's West Side and the Affordable Care Act are leading to a new medical office building on Seventh Street.

Child Advocacy Center of Niagara

A comforting environment is important for people who are facing difficult times, especially when they are children.

The Child Advocacy Center of Niagara, a facility that cares for victims of child abuse and trauma, has moved into new facilities that are more kid-friendly and have improved resources.

New York State has taken measures to help women  overcome hurdles that prevent them from getting breast cancer screenings.

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