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With two apparent suicide attempts in two days at Niagara Falls, mental health experts say more may be forthcoming.

Every year, a large number of people use the waterfall to kill themselves, with the attempt by a 40-year-old man on Monday one of the few where the jumper survived. Police say there are many suicide attempts at the Falls each year, but not all are reported.

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The Massachusetts Avenue Project on Buffalo's west side introduced its new food truck Tuesday.  The vehicle will allow expansion of MAP's healthy food distribution project.

The organization, through its Growing Green Program, has created a sustaining model of urban agriculture.  The new truck is used to deliver fresh, affordable produce to Buffalo's low-income neighborhoods.

A major study in a poverty-ridden section of Toronto found student grades rose, graduation rates rose, and attendance rose when students were fed breakfast.

The study by the The Toronto Foundation for Student Success spent three years giving breakfasts to 6,000 students in seven middle and high schools in the Jane-Finch neighborhood, one of the city's most troubled areas.

The study started with 61 percent of the students ready to graduate.  After three years of the breakfast program, 78 percent will graduate.

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With May serving Children's Mental Health Month, it's worth noting that all is not carefree for young folks who have yet to pay a mortgage, buy a car or haggle with a health insurer over phantom expenses.

Marlene Schillinger, President and CEO of Jewish Family Service of Buffalo, says her agency sees plenty of cases of children struggling with serious mental health issues, like peer pressure, depression, even suicidal thoughts.

The Mental Health Association of Erie County is celebrating a golden anniversary.

Kenneth Houseknecht, Executive Director of the MHA, told WBFO/AM970 the mission of his organization is twofold. 

"A lot of our services are aimed at promoting and clarifying what  constitutes good mental health," Houseknecht said.

"Right from the very youngest age through all of the life events: single people, married people,
families; so, mental health and wellness is a big part of what we do."

Equally key to their mission is treatment.

Some local children will be taking part in a new initiative designed to promote healthy living.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded a grant to the Independent Health Foundation to bring the national "Soccer For Success" program to ten Buffalo Public elementary schools. 

The youth development program uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity. Independent Health President and CEO Dr. Michael Cropp said the epidemic of obesity and diabetes is driving the crisis in healthcare today.  

This Saturday is the 4th annual National Take Back Initiative.  It's a time when you can rid yourself of prescription drugs you no longer need or want.        

This nationwide DEA campaign has worked well in recent years, with over 500 tons of unwanted prescription drugs turned in, including 10 tons in Western New York. 

Speaking at the West Seneca Senior Center today, U.S. Attorney William Hochul urged citizens not to dispose of the drugs themselves, but rather to turn them in at any one of 33 venues sprinkled across the region for proper disposal, no questions asked.

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Leaders and staff of Roswell Park Cancer Institute celebrated the opening of the hospital's new state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit this morning. 

The $4 million project involved relocating the ICU to the 8th floor and installing additional windows so each room is filled with natural light.  The 8,000 square foot unit is 40-percent larger than the old one.

Roswell Park's Chief Nursing Officer Maureen Kelly says it makes a nice environment for patients, their families and staff.

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Tuesday Today marks the 10th annual “Dining Out for Life.”   As WBFO & AM-970’s Eileen Buckley reports, nearly 100-restaurants in Erie, Niagara and Chautauqua counties will participate to raise money to help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Inside the kitchen at Ristorante Lombardo on Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo the staff is always busy serving up Italian cuisine, and Tuesday night will be no different.

“All the money that we raise that day stays in Western New York.  No of it leaves here,” said Tom Lombardo, owner. 

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Sexually transmitted diseases are exploding among Erie County’s young people. 

County Health Commissioner Doctor Gale Burstein notes that although young people make up about 25 percent of the sexually-experienced population in the county, nearly half of new STD cases occur in persons ages 15 through 24.   

The young, according to Burstein, are the most vulnerable to these infections.

A new partnership has been created between BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Kaleida Health and a physicians group.  

It promises to offer new, more affordable health insurance plans for employers.

“Our fundamental premise in creating this collaboration as we improve efficiencies, effectiveness and quality of care is a reasonable consequence of that,” said  Alphonso O’Neil White, president and CEO of BlueCross BlueShield.

The new program is being touted as a “strategic partnership” forged between health care providers and physicians.

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A small hazmat situation was quickly handled at Medina Memorial Hospital Tuesday.

A hospital spokesman tells WBFO & AM-970 News there was a small spill of medication that is used with anesthesia in pharmacy department. 

The Medina Fire Department was called in to assist.  The pharmacy department was evacuated as standard procedure. 

The small spill created some fumes.  Firefighters opened windows to ventilate the area. Air handlers were also shut off and clean up was conducted within one hour allowing the hospital to resume normal operations. 

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