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Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Erie County Medical Center and the Seneca Diabetes Foundation are partnering to improve health both in the Seneca Nation and across Western New York.

The New York State Health Department plans to make medical marijuana available to more New Yorkers. Opioid use will be the newest addition to the list of qualifying conditions under the state’s medical marijuana program.

National Public Radio

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is moving ahead on a recommendation to legalize recreational marijuana in New York, a move immediately criticized by Cuomo’s Republican opponent for governor.

Fifteen years ago, I broke up with my very nice boyfriend and plunged headlong into a dark depression. I loved Marc but had known from the beginning that he wasn't the man for me.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Help and happiness is arriving on an adorable set of wheels at Buffalo's Oishei Children's Hospital.

The number of people dying by suicide in the United States has risen by about 30 percent in the past two decades. And while the majority of suicide-related deaths today are among boys and men, a study published Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics finds that the number of girls and women taking their own lives is rising.

OurAbility.com

John Robinson and Doug Hamlin are in the midst of what has become an annual endeavor. Partners in the firm Our Ability, they are undertaking their "Journey Along the Erie Canal." For John and Doug, who have little or no use of their legs, the 12-day, 350-mile ride is an "opportunity" to display how people with disabilities can adapt to any circumstance.


Rep. Reed opposed to supervised heroin injection sites

Jun 11, 2018

Congressman Tom Reed has declared his adamant opposition to the use of heroin injection sites. The Southern Tier Republican says the proposal is made by “extremists on the left.”

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand appeared in Niagara Falls Friday morning, calling for passage of multiple bills that, she says, will lower the cost of prescription drugs.


The Splendid Table

The suicide of celebrity food writer and chef Anthony Bourdain on Friday may sound an alarm bell and inspire some to consider killing themselves, says the coordinator of Erie County's suicide prevention coalition. But it also might lessen the stigma of talking about suicidal thoughts and seeking help. 


Sandy White

Public interest in the practice of mindfulness has soared in recent decades. Corporations are offering it to employees and scientists are taking pictures of the brain to study how the meditation practice restructures the brain and provides a sense of well-being. WBFO Seniors News Desk reporter Sandy White has more on how Western New Yorkers, young and old, are finding peace in each breath.


Sandy White

The practice of mindfulness has gained popularity in recent years. Mindfulness is a state of awareness that comes from a person paying close attention and tuning into their thoughts, without judgment. As WBFO Seniors News Desk reporter Sandy White found, the practice can be effective for reducing anxiety as we age.


Health insurers across New York have submitted their requested rates for 2019, with an average 24 percent hike for individuals.

Doctors at the National Institutes of Health say they've apparently completely eradicated cancer from a patient who had untreatable, advanced breast cancer.

The case is raising hopes about a new way to harness the immune system to fight some of the most common cancers. The methods and the patient's experience are described Monday in a paper published in the journal Nature Medicine.

From Chaos To Calm: A Life Changed By Ketamine

Jun 4, 2018

For six years now, life has been really good for James. He has a great job as the creative director of an advertising firm in New York City. He enjoys spending time with his wife and kids.

And it has all been possible, he says, because for the past six years he has been taking a drug called ketamine.

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers were in Chicago this weekend, reporting on their new work treating a lethal and abrupt brain tumor. It is a new immunotherapy treatment that appears to keep patients alive much longer.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

The Erie County Medical Center celebrated a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new state-of-the-art trauma center and emergency department. The new facility will replace its now-40-year-old predecessor when it opens in early 2020.

Zach Anderson

Second year students in the University at Buffalo’s medical school have a lot to learn, especially about treating individuals in the LGBT community. WBFO’s Avery Schneider takes us on a classroom visit.


Seneca Street Community Development Corporation

The Executive Director of the Seneca Street Community Development Corporation says Buffalo's Seneca-Babock neighborhood is an "isolated pocket of generational poverty with very few resources." With $10,000 in grant funding, the CDC is expanding into health care to help fix that.

A college student struggles with studies -- and untreated mental illness -- but is far from family members who might provide support. That combination can lead to suicide. And now schools nationwide are grappling with those situations -- and whether to notify parents about a student's problems.

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is taking some heat for its security - or lack of it. However, the hospital says its security is "as good or better" than facilities of its same size and population.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

It’s that time of year again. The sneezing, the runny nose, the itchy, watery eyes. Allergies are picking up. But how do we know just how bad allergy season is? WBFO reporter Avery Schneider takes us to Olean, to explain the science behind the pollen count.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Oishei Children’s Hospital has welcomed its “newest arrival” on Tuesday – a state-of-the art neonatal transport vehicle expected to make a big difference in the lives of premature babies.


A rare look inside a medical marijuana farm

May 14, 2018
Zach Hirsch

There are lots of farms and factories across the North Country. A couple of years ago, a completely new kind of enterprise came to the region: medical marijuana.

Courtesy of NAMI Ohio

Wil Wheaton, an actor whose credits include "Stand By Me," "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "The Big Bang Theory," gave a powerful speech recently about living with mental illness.

"My life is, by every objective measurement, very, very good," he said at a National Alliance on Mental Illness conference in Ohio.

"And in spite of all of that, I struggle every day with my self-esteem, my self-worth, and my value not only as an actor and writer, but as a human being.

A new poll from Siena College shows that 90 percent of New Yorkers say the current opioid crisis is worse than previous public health crises. An overwhelming majority of New Yorkers also supports strengthening prescription monitoring services, while 82 percent say doctors should be punished for overprescribing.

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A Western New York congressman is backing proposed legislation that would broaden access to a Medicare-backed program that fosters training to self-manage diabetes.


A new HBO documentary tells a story about families with children who have psychiatric disorders that lead to violent behavior.

National Public Radio

Sen. Chuck Schumer says the Food and Drug Administration should immediately ban e-cigarette flavors like candy and cookies that can appeal to young people in the wake of warnings that teens and children are increasingly using e-cigarettes.

The New York State Health Department has issued a warning about potential exposure to measles in Niagara, Genesee, Livingston and Chemung counties.

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