Today is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, an effort begun by anti-cancer groups nearly four decades ago to help people quit smoking. This year, the Cancer Society in New York is using the day to call attention to a decline in state spending on anti-smoking programs.
AARP held an informational session in Clarence Thursday to education citizens about the future of Medicare and Social Security. The session was held to alleviate the fears Americans may have about the programs running out of money.
President Barack Obama Thursday offered a fix to those Americans who are upset about losing their health insurance. The President says insurance companies can keep offering consumers plans for one more year that would otherwise be canceled.
A new report claims that special mouth guards and helmets marketed to reduce concussions may not actually provide any additional protection for football players. The findings are from a 2012 study that followed 1,332 high school athletes during a season.
Citizens across the region continue to opt to have their health information accessible to their doctors online. The HEALTHeLINK program has now added a new tool for Medicaid patients with chronic health issues to be linked to the network.
Billions of people across the world are joining Americans in obesity, eating too much, too fattening food and not getting enough exercise. That's the message a global obesity expert brought to the University at Buffalo Wednesday.
The Washington Post reports private companies have paid as much as $25,000 to have a seat at the FDA advisory panel meetings on federal regulations for prescription painkillers. Avi Israel of Buffalo, who lost his son as a result of an addiction to painkillers, learned about the FDA meetings in emails while corresponding with a doctor.
Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo was already dealing with cuts of millions of federal dollars because of the sequester and now it potentially faces a loss of millions more with the government shutdown.
The much anticipated Affordable Care Act begins Tuesday, October 1 with New York Health Insurance Exchange opening up to the uninsured and consumers who don't get health care at work. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with two local health care insurance providers about how it all works.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society host the annual "Light the Night Walk." Businessman Dennis Dintino is this year's chair. His daughter Krista -- a cancer survivor -- shares her story.
Recent changes to federal laws now mean that playgrounds must have wheelchair accessible surfaces and equipment suitable for people living with disabilities. The changes affect all parks built or modified after March 2012. The foot traffic into one western New York town has tripled since their all inclusive playground opened this past May.
An area eye care provider has become one of the first in the region to offer a new breakthrough in technology for treating cataracts. WBFO's Eileen Buckley sat down with Dr. Amar Atwal of Atwal Eye Care about the new surgery to remove cataracts with a laser.
Improving health care for the undeserved population in Buffalo is the mission of a strategic merger. The Jericho Road Family Practice and Jericho Road Ministries have merged, creating a Community Health Center. Jericho now has two expanded and renovated health care sites at Barton and Genesee Streets.
The Environmental Protection Agency outlined its plans to clean up a heavily polluted Eighteenmile Creek at a public meeting in Lockport on Tuesday. However, some residents say they are concerned the plans won’t happen fast enough, with an official decision not scheduled until the end of September.
The use of electronic cigarettes appears to be growing - which raises the question are they safe? and should they be regulated? WBFO's Chris Caya has reaction from a researcher at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
A kidney transplant recipient from Buffalo serves as an inspiration. Barb Breckenridge will be participating in the World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says Breckenridge has already won numerous medals in track and field events.
With delays piling up in the implementation of components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded $150 million to the nation’s health care centers as part of an outreach and enrollment program for patients on low incomes.
Vaccination is a word usually associated with preventing a disease, measles or polio vaccination. But as WBFO'S Mike Desmond reports, researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute are testing a vaccine to fight melanoma.