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Storytelling is being used to help break through the stigma of discussing mental health troubles. As part of our Mental Health reporting initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Just Tell One campaign is designed to give youth and young adults a chance to start a conversation. 


Mike Desmond / WBFO News

This time, the public meeting was at Maryvale High School, but the topic was the long, slow slog against the social damage and deaths of the continuing opioids crisis.

YouTube / CCS Oncology

The financially troubled CCS Oncology health care organization will be closing down its operations next week.

Erie County Medical Center

In this National Donate Life Month of April, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced "historic levels" of New Yorkers are now registered as organ donors. Getting the credit for the recent growth spurt is an executive order signed in 2017 that allows New Yorkers to register when applying for government benefits, licenses and other services.

Eileen Buckley / WBFO News

New York is making free food pantries a standard fixture on all its public college campuses.

American Lung Association

The American Lung Association has released their 2018 “State of the Air” report citing air quality has worsened. It found 9.4 million New Yorkers are breathing unhealthy air.

Kathy Doody

The State Office of People with Developmental Disabilities is holding another series of public forums across New York this month to help educate families about the critical change coming in the way services are provided.

A new Siena Poll addressing the state's opioid epidemic shows that 54 percent of New Yorkers are personally touched by opioid abuse.

Quadrant Epigenetics LLC

Researchers at Upstate Medical University are almost ready to send a test to market that would use saliva to help determine if a child is autistic.

Monroe County Sheriff's Department

Two New York State agencies are investigating Rochester General Hospital in connection with the treatment of a Town of Sweden woman who has been charged with killing her 7-year-old son.

MIke Desmond / WBFO News

Sisters of Charity Hospital has unveiled its new and expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for the sickest newborns. It is a multi-million-dollar effort to deal with the rising ranks of children who need neonatology care.

Banquet

Conagra Brands is recalling more than 135,000 pounds of Salisbury steak products that may be contaminated with extraneous bones.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

New York State has set aside a record-high $247 million in the latest budget to fund opioid and drug addiction countermeasures. Senators representing Western New York districts gathered in Buffalo Monday to announce $425,000 of that money will go to Save The Michaels of the World.


What about all the patients already on opioids?

Apr 9, 2018
Denise Young / WXXI News

As more and more efforts are made across the country to curtail opioid addiction, some say a culture of fear has developed in the medical community -- fear for patients' safety, fear of being prosecuted by regulators. One fallout is a growing population of patients no one seems to know exactly what to do with: chronic pain patients who are already dependent on opioids and need to find new doctors to treat them.


National Public Radio

The Niagara Falls Water Board will be replacing more lead pipe water lines this year than planned. Albany threw in $575,000 to allow more of the potentially dangerous lines to be removed and replaced with safer piping.

Dr. David Satcher, who has served as U.S. surgeon general and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will be in Buffalo on April 26 to discuss New York's mental health education law.

Satcher will speak about the importance of mental health education, school safety, and his public health approach to address issues affecting youth.

He also is the founding director and senior advisor of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at  Morehouse School of Medicine.

The event will be held at SEIU Local 1199, 2421 Main St.

A proposal in the New York State Senate is calling for more research into Lyme disease.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Diapers, wipes, sleep sacks, and formula are among more than a dozen items being asked for by the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County in this year’s Community Baby Shower. For the ninth year in a row, the organization is encouraging people to host their own collection events at home, at work, or out in the community.


The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services is requiring all Dunkirk water customers to boil their water before using and conserve water as much as possible.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Five years of work on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has come to fruition with the launch of a new innovation center aimed at bringing life-saving technology to the medical market sooner.


New York State Office of People With Developmental Disabilities

A significant change is coming to the way New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities receive services. The next few months will be critical.

National Public Radio

With diabetes becoming an increasing problem, a local expert on the health problem is suggesting a different way to help treat diabetics.

March for Our Lives

Doctors in Western New York are no longer just playing a part after an episode of gun violence. They’re taking a stand before it begins again.


Erie County Medical Center

The weather was a little cold and windy Sunday on Grider Street, but the mood was warm and happy as Erie County Medical Center celebrated its first 100 years.


Robert Wood Johnson / WBFO

This year’s County Health Rankings report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are out, and the results are generally poor for Western New York. WBFO’s Avery Schneider talked with a local health advocate about the results in Erie County.


Sandy White WBFO

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the chances of breaking your hip go up as you age. As Sandy White reports for the WBFO Seniors News Desk, there are ways to prevent such an occurrence and stay strong.


Governor's Office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to impose a tax on manufacturers of prescription opioids to help pay for state programs that assist people who are addicted to them. But some say it will be patients who ultimately will have to pay the price.


AAA

Backseat passengers should be forced to wear seatbelts, according to the nation’s largest automobile organization.

Zach Anderson

Young patients at John. R Oishei Children’s Hospital received a warm and fuzzy gift Friday morning. The good tidings came in the form of thousands of blankets donated by Western New Yorkers.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

The final tenant on the former Bryant Street campus of Women and Children’s Hospital closed its doors last week for a move to Buffalo’s West Side where the new Niagara Street Pediatrics opens its doors today.


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