Health

Health news

WBFO file photo

Residents of the Town of Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda and Grand Island will soon be sought to participate in a multi-year study of emissions from a local plant, and how those emissions may have affected the health of the nearby community.

WBFO News file photo

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is out with the results of its second air quality study for the West Side Buffalo neighborhoods around the Peace Bridge. It says the air quality is consistent with similarly sized metro areas with high traffic. However, the DEC is calling for improved emission standards to protect public health and the environment.

New York ranked fourth among states whose lawmakers drew the most contributions from the opioid industry, but was near the bottom in prescriptions per capita, according to data compiled by The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity.

Young people in Cattaraugus County are going to have to wait a few more years before they can light up. The Southern Tier county has become one of a growing number in New York State to increase the legal purchasing age for tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The ribbon was cut Wednesday on a new 25-bed drug addiction recovery and treatment center in Niagara County that will serve not only to help patients beat drug addiction but also provide education and other programs to help those people return to the public as productive individuals.


National Cancer Institute / Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Doctors are working with a potentially significant new treatment for pancreatic cancer, by pumping up the body's immune system.

Sasha-Ann Simons / WXXI

You would think that when parents are told of a vaccine that could prevent future cancers in their children, they would leap at the chance to protect them. Statistics show that isn’t always the case for the shot that prevents human papilloma virus, or HPV, the most common sexually transmitted infection.

WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Erie County mental health officials say suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among adults and 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-14 years. As uncomfortable the topic may make some people, they said talking about the issue is the first step necessary to prevent more lives lost. 

Nursing home death raises questions, concerns

Sep 1, 2016

A nightmare scenario for those with loved ones in nursing homes recently occurred at the Emerald South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Buffalo. Following the death of a patient, a local organization is giving out tips to people who may be in the process of selecting a nursing home for their loved ones.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

New York State is expanding its medical marijuana program.

via cazenoviarecovery.org

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.

File photo

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.

File photo

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.


Julie Doerr / GBUAHN

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.

WBFO News File Photo

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

Eileen Buckley/WBFO News

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.

Pages