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Nick Lippa / WBFO

Oishei Children’s Hospital says it’s probable a 3-year old child named Kameron has acute flaccid myelitis. Known as ALF, it causes muscles and reflexes to become weak after affecting the body’s nervous system. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, less than one in a million people get AFM each year—but cases have been on the rise since 2014.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo is working to diagnose what may be case of a rare polio-like disease. WBFO’s Avery Schneider has more.


Erie County is continuing to respond to this year’s rise in Hepatitis A cases with an immunization clinic in Buffalo.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Erie County’s effort to combat opioid addiction and overdose is on track to get a more than $3.4 million boost from the federal government.


Organizers say their event combines two of the region's shared pleasures: eating and giving. The annual Dining Out for Life takes place Tuesday at dozens of area restaurants. Rob Baird of the event's sponsor, Evergreen Health Services, expects over 12,000 people to dine at participating restaurants.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

The latest public listening session on a regulated adult-use marijuana program in New York drew scores of people to Cheektowaga Wednesday night. For more than two hours, the floor was yielded to members of the community who largely spoke out about the pros and cons of marijuana for medical use.


Mike Desmond/WBFO

There are almost 1,000 children in Erie County's foster care system every day and the system is being criticized for not working all that well.


As Erie County health officials find hope in signs of a decline in opioid-related deaths, one of the key methods of combating the epidemic continues to be trained – identifying the signs of overdose and learning how to reverse it. And for every reason out there to train, it all comes down to wanting to save a life.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Four new cases of Hepatitis A stemming from a local pizzeria mark the latest in a significant increase of the virus in Erie County. Officials are recommending any resident without a complete series of Hepatitis A vaccinations get fully immunized.

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center says several patients developed an infection after an employee removed a narcotic from syringes and replaced it with water.

While the Erie County Health Department will not begin its formal surveillance of influenza until October 1, the health commissioner is urging the public to get ahead on the flu season by getting a shot.

American Red Cross of Western and Central New York

The American Red Cross has name a United Way of Florida CEO as Regional CEO for Western and Central New York. Alan Turner II will lead Red Cross services across the 26-county region starting Nov. 5.

Chris Caya / WBFO News

OSHA has issued 21 citations against the Buffalo Zoo during construction of its new Amphibian and Reptile Center.

National Institute on Aging

Most American adults are worried they will develop Alzheimer’s, but they are also optimistic that there will be a cure for the disease in their lifetimes, according to survey results released Monday.

More Americans are obese than ever before. That’s according to an annual survey from Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The truth about flavored e-cigarettes focus of $19M study

Sep 24, 2018
National Public Radio

What role does flavor play in e-cigarettes? How does it impact our health and our behavior? Those are a couple of the questions researchers at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and University of Rochester Medical Center will be investigating over the next five years thanks to a $19 million federal grant.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Many of Buffalo’s East Side neighborhoods have long been considered food deserts, with little or no access to fresh fruits and vegetables. But an ongoing community initiative is working to change the corner store into an oasis of healthy options.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

First and second year medical students at the University at Buffalo were part of a panel discussion on the future of their industry on Wednesday, and the outlook is positive.


FDA's e-cigarette crackdown hits three local retailers

Sep 13, 2018
National Public Radio

Federal officials called it a blitz — “the largest coordinated enforcement effort in the FDA’s history” in response to concerns that e-cigarette use has become an “epidemic” among youths.

As the school year begins, a new law mandates mental health education for students across New York. We're discussing the new curriculum that aims to teach children about their mental well-being and what it means for teachers and students.

Cristina Rivell has been struggling with an opioid addiction since she was a teenager — going in and out of rehab for five years. The most recent time, her doctor prescribed her a low dose of buprenorphine (often known by its brand name, Suboxone), a drug that helps curb cravings for stronger opioids and prevents the symptoms of withdrawal.

A Rochester startup is looking to solve a medical problem with a global scope. VisualDx is building a database of what diseases look like on all skin colors, in an effort to correct persistent racial inequalities in diagnosis.

Scientists have known for decades about racial inequalities in access to medical care. A landmark 1985 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for example, found that minority Americans lived further from doctors and had less ability to pay for medical care compared to white people.

Nick Lippa / WBFO News

The University at Buffalo says many minorities have trouble establishing trust with their doctors. In an attempt to better understand why, UB medical students and faculty talked health care over dinner with some East Side residents.

The Arc Erie County New York

Downtown social services agency The Arc Erie County is moving its administrative offices out of Buffalo and beefing up its services offered in the city for individuals with disabilities.

National Public Radio

A new study from the University at Buffalo shows that walking more can significantly lower the risk of heart failure in older women. UB Research Associate Professor of Epidemiology and lead author of the study Michael LaMonte said they now have scientific evidence physical activity benefits two heart failure subtypes.

National Public Radio

Marijuana advocates say New York lawmakers should legalize pot for adults, make it affordable and let people grow their own.

Nexium

A new report from the New York Public Interest Research Group finds the cost of prescription drugs can vary widely among pharmacies, even within the same region.

U.S. military veterans are a vulnerable population, susceptible to high rates of disease and injury, mental health issues – and addiction.

At the VA Medical Center in Canandaigua, some veterans are turning to music to help them through recovery. Last year, a group of veterans in a music therapy program decided to take their jam sessions to the next level. They formed the deFenders.

Many American soldiers who attempt suicide have no prior mental health diagnosis, according to the most recent study to make use of data collected by the U.S. Army and the National Institute of Mental Health.  

FDA issues 3 consumer warnings

Aug 29, 2018
CoinRX

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting the public about several potential dangers.

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