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

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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.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Buffalo & Erie Co. gave WBFO its President's Award on Thursday night, in recognition of the station's Mental Health Initiative.

The two-year project, funded by the Patrick P. Lee Foundation, provides in-depth coverage of mental health issues, including the stigma faced by people with mental illness. It will feature radio reports, online videos and Facebook Live events.

Shanté White / University at Buffalo

A class of new doctors will receive their medical degrees today as they graduate from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. WBFO’s Avery Schneider spoke with one of them about her inspirational story.


Here are some of the events being held for Mental Health Awareness Month:

May 3 -- A mental health awareness fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the central library, 1 Lafayette Square in Buffalo.

May 3 -- The National Alliance for Mental Illness/Buffalo & Erie Co. will hold its annual dinner and awards celebration from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will be held at Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Rd, Depew. Keynote speaker Dr. Kafui Dzirasa will discuss his neuroscience research.

POLL: 62% of NYers don't finish prescribed opioids

May 2, 2018

The latest Siena College poll on opioids says 24 percent of New Yorkers were prescribed opioids in the last two years.

University of Rochester researchers say a new study offers some clues about the potential affects of groundwater contaminated by hydraulic fracturing chemicals on the immune system.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Some of the largest disparities in health in Erie County are happening in the City of Buffalo. A public conference this weekend aims to start trying to fix them.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

New York will become in July the first state to require mental health education as part of every school's curriculum. Dr. David Satcher, who served as the nation's Surgeon General under two former presidents, was in Buffalo Thursday to speak about mental health, battling the stigma many still attach to it and how mental health education may impact young people.


PHOTOS: Roswell Park celebrates 120 years

Apr 25, 2018

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo celebrated its 120th anniversary Wednesday morning with a ceremony sealing mementos from the community into a time capsule buried on the facility's campus.   

At the event, Roswell Park IV, a descendent of the institute's founder, said his great-grandfather would be honored by the years that have been dedicated to fighting the disease. 

Photo from Child Advocacy Center of Niagara website

There are some difficult statistics out of Niagara County regarding infant deaths.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a new campaign will be kicked-off Tuesday to help raise awareness in an effort to prevent deaths of infants placed in unsafe sleeping conditions.

Deaths of expectant mothers is the target of a new initiative handed down from Albany.

Avery Schneider/WBFO News

Progress continues in the construction of Jericho Road’s third community health center, expected to open this summer in the heart of Buffalo’s Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood.

National Public Radio

A busload of Western New Yorkers are on their way to Albany Monday morning. They will be demonstrating in the lobby of the state Legislative Building, as lawmakers consider the latest "Medical Aid in Dying" bill.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

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.

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