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The much anticipated Affordable Care Act begins Tuesday, October 1 with New York Health Insurance Exchange opening up to the uninsured and consumers who don't get health care at work. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with two local health care insurance providers about how it all works.

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The fight against blood cancer will be in the spotlight this Friday night at Delaware Park in Buffalo as The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society host the annual "Light the Night Walk."

Playgrounds are for everyone

Sep 25, 2013
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Recent changes to federal laws now mean that playgrounds must have wheelchair accessible surfaces and equipment suitable for people living with disabilities. The changes affect all parks built or modified after March 2012. The foot traffic into one western New York town has tripled since their all inclusive playground opened this past May.

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An area eye care provider has become one of the first in the region to offer a new breakthrough in technology for treating cataracts. WBFO's Eileen Buckley sat down with Dr. Amar Atwal of Atwal Eye Care about the new surgery to remove cataracts with a laser.

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Improving health care for the undeserved population in Buffalo is the mission of a strategic merger. The Jericho Road Family Practice and Jericho Road Ministries have merged, creating a Community Health Center. Jericho now has two expanded and renovated health care sites at Barton and Genesee Streets. 

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As National Assisted Living week comes to a close, assisted living facilities across the state are preparing for the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

Even if a woman doesn't have any kind of health insurance, Erie County will help pay for mammography screening for breast cancer and treatment.

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The Environmental Protection Agency outlined its plans to clean up a heavily polluted Eighteenmile Creek at a public meeting in Lockport on Tuesday. However, some residents say they are concerned the plans won’t happen fast enough, with an official decision not scheduled until the end of September.

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The use of electronic cigarettes appears to be growing - which raises the question are they safe? and should they be regulated?  WBFO's Chris Caya has reaction from a researcher at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Upstate health care centers funded to get uninsured into Obamacare

Jul 24, 2013
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With delays piling up in the implementation of components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded $150 million to the nation’s health care centers as part of an outreach and enrollment program for patients on low incomes.

Kaleida Health workers ratify deal

Jul 19, 2013
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More than 7,000 Kaleida Health workers ratified a new labor agreement.  Following three days of balloting, union members voted in favor of the new deal.

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Vaccination is a word usually associated with preventing a disease, measles or polio vaccination. But as WBFO'S  Mike Desmond reports, researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute are testing a vaccine to fight melanoma.

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A public health warning has been issued by the law enforcement and medical community regarding a dramatic increase in fatal drug overdoses in the Buffalo area.

The kind of cancer former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly was diagnosed with is not uncommon and is generally treatable, according to a prominent local physician.

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The steaks stacked in the coolers of butcher shops in New York may be marketed as local, but just what that label means varies widely.

Anti cancer groups are seeking to ban the sale of fruit and chocolate flavored cigars in New York State that they say target children.

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Baby Cafes are opening up all across the U.S. and the world, from the UK to China to Buffalo. The cafes are designed to assist breastfeeding mothers. WBFO's Eileen Buckley recently visited a Baby Cafe that opened earlier this month in downtown Buffalo serving women in the inner-city.

Mobile app aims to lower hospital readmission rates

May 15, 2013
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A new mobile app is expected to help improve the quality of patient care across the nation. A team of University at Buffalo students created it to help reduce hospital readmission rates.

Dent Neurologic admits to privacy breach

May 15, 2013

Officials with Dent Neurologic Institute are offering apologies for a privacy breach related to an e-mail that was inadvertently sent to 200 patients.

There are big changes coming for the state's vast mental health system, grappling with embedded costs and a lot of residents who need help.

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The U.S. health care system may not be ready for full implementation of the Affordable Care Act by October 1, and many potential new users may not know about potential coverage.

Wegmans voluntary product recall

Apr 17, 2013
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A group representing hundreds of hospitals and nursing homes across the state says Medicare patients would suffer under President Obama's budget proposal. 

New research expected to help understand human diseases

Apr 10, 2013
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Researchers in Western New York are working on a project that could assess how humans develop disease. A major grant was recently awarded by the National Science Foundation to assistant professor of Biology at SUNY Fredonia, Scott Ferguson.

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Sequestration will likely cut down on the amount of research being conducted at several facilities on the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus. And as WBFO's Chris Caya reports - that could slow the City's economic recovery. 

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Sequestration cuts will mean a direct blow to cancer research right here in Buffalo. Under the sequester,  Roswell Park Cancer Institute stands to lose $7 to $8 million in federal funding this year alone for both research and treatment for some patients. 

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ECMC and Unyts are reminding Western New Yorkers that April is 'Donate Life Month.' Nationwide, more than 117,000 people are awaiting transplants.

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Tuberculosis is often considered one of those diseases of the past: long cured and long forgotten. But the Erie County Health Department evaluated more than 3,700 people for the disease last year and found 19 active cases.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute has teamed with Catholic Health to provide cancer care at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo.   WBFO'S Mike Desmond sat down with leaders from both organizations to discuss this latest collaboration.

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A new study from the University of California reveals only about 37.2 percent of women treated for ovarian cancer are receiving the proper care. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked to a cancer expert from Roswell Park Cancer Institute about why some woman are missing the mark when it comes to following the national treatment guidelines.