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Big Tobacco is frequently accused of searching for new ways to hook younger smokers. Tuesday, May 31 is both World No Tobacco Day and the statewide launch of the Seen Enough Tobacco campaign.

In the flurry of activity before the end of the legislative session, the New York State Assembly has passed two bills aimed at improving patient access to medical marijuana.

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The Rich Family Foundation has donated $250,000 to a new partnership with Cornell University. The goal is to further the development of a safe and sustainable global food supply, through research and education.

The New York State Senate has passed four bills that sponsors say are part of its ongoing commitment to address the  ongoing heroin and opioid crisis.

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Youth sports coaches and managers in Erie County may soon be required to take a brief course on concussion awareness and safety. A proposal is on the table in the Erie County Legislature and, Thursday morning, lawmakers heard testimony from people who have front-line knowledge of concussion safety.


There's no denying Buffalo is one of the best towns in the nation for eating. Food, food and more food is featured at so many festivals and other events - not to mention in the region's ethnically diverse households.

Unfortunately, according to a new study by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation, Buffalo may have a bit too much gusto for what makes the city popular.

The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services is asking all customers in the Village of Sinclairville to conserve water and boil all water before using for drinking and cooking.

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A new report by the American Cancer Society is warning women of a link between high levels of residential radon and the risk of blood cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma. This is the first population-based study to link the two, and comes from the same 19-year study group that found the link between smoking and cancer.

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Erie County is looking at plans to require every athletic event to have someone on hand who is trained in concussion protocol.


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As the spotlight continues to reveal the size of the problem, opiate addiction is generating more conversation. The topic drew the community together at a forum Wednesday night at Kenmore West High School.

The Food and Drug Administration is banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors as part of a broad set of regulations the agency finalized Wednesday.

With the rules that were more than two years in the making, the agency is expanding its authority over e-cigarettes, cigars and hookah tobacco, in much the same way it already regulates traditional cigarettes.

The Buffalo area's lead paint problem is the worst in Upstate New York. In fact, it's so acute that Dan Telvock of Investigative Post believes Buffalo sits at "ground zero " in dealing with the issue. Telvock has reported extensively on the topic and offered perspective on the city's new Lead Hazard Control Program Thursday on WBFO.


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Kaleida Health has made several leadership changes it says are designed to improve care delivery and further integrate Kaleida’s hospitals and affiliations. 

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Native Americans have the worst health statistics in the country, according to a researcher at the University at Buffalo, yet few people are aware of the epidemic.

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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.


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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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