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8:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Canadian Ebola vaccine proceeds to clinical trials

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While medical officials across the country grapple with how to prepare for Ebola, there is hope that a vaccine is a big step closer. Last week, north of the border, Canada's health minister announced that clinical trials for an Ebola vaccine, developed by Canadian scientists, is now underway in Maryland. 

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1:54 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Erie County launches campaign to eradicate home lead threats

"Wipe Out Lead" launched with texting and billboard campaign.
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In an effort to reduce lead hazards in area homes, Erie County announced the “Wipe Out Lead” billboard and texting campaign Monday. The county received federal funds to help eradicate lead poisoning across the region.

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Health
9:25 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Local nurses train for Ebola

Inside the Erie County Public Health Lab.
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Local nurses are being trained to respond to Ebola.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says union nurses are learning how to put on protective gear and respond to an Ebola patient.

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Health
9:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Cuomo outlines state's Ebola preparedness plan

NYS designates 8 hospitals to treat potential Ebola patients. No hospital in Buffalo was selected.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state is taking steps to prepare for possible cases of Ebola in New York.

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Health
12:33 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Roswell receives funding to increase HPV vaccinations

HPV vaccine
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Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been awarded special funding that will be specifically directed at increasing HPV vaccinations among youth. WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports Roswell is one of 18 centers nationwide to lead this effort in preventing cancer-causing viruses.


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Health
5:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Mayor Brown confident Kaleida will find buyer for Women & Children’s building

Rendering of the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital

Now that Kaleida Health broke ground on the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital on Ellicott Street Wednesday, many wonder what will become of the current Bryant Street site.

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Health
12:02 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Officials break ground on new Children's Hospital

Officials break ground on new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A groundbreaking ceremony took place on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Wednesday for the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. The $270 million facility will replace Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo on Bryant Street.

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Health
1:52 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

State helpline succeeding in resolving healthcare conflicts

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, A.G. Eric Schneiderman, Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Senator Tim Kennedy.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A new report released by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office is highlighting the effectiveness of the Health Care Bureau Helpline. The toll-free service has assisted more than 20,000 New Yorkers, 189 of which were Erie County residents.

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Schumer wants joint federal prevention of Ebola
5:03 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Schumer wants tighter Ebola protection

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY)
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With this week's evidence that the deadly Ebola virus has reached U.S. soil, politicians are calling for better protection against the virus.  New York Senator Charles Schumer says there's no need for panic, but he is urging federal agencies to take joint measures in preventing the spread of Ebola.

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Health
4:13 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Legislation to keep veterans childcare program open

Congressman Brian Higgins joined by VA WNY Healthcare System Director Brian Stiller and Veterans Advocate Patrick Welch.
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A free childcare service at the Western New York VA Hospital slated for closure at the end of last month will remain open. Congressman Brian Higgins announced Wednesday the final approval of legislation to keep the service available through December 2015.

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Health
8:15 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Bills, Independent Health issue community wellness challenge

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The Buffalo Bills and Independent Health have teamed up for an initiative that challenges Western New Yorkers to adopt healthier lifestyles.

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

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