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The seventh National Take Back Initiative takes place today at various locations across the region.

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Citizens across the region continue to opt to have their health information accessible to their doctors online. The HEALTHeLINK program has now added a new tool for Medicaid patients with chronic health issues to be linked to the network.

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Billions of people across the world are joining Americans in obesity, eating too much, too fattening food and not getting enough exercise. That's the message a global obesity expert brought to the University at Buffalo Wednesday.

Lake Shore Health Care Center to close

Oct 16, 2013

One of Chautauqua County's largest employers will be shutting down early next year. Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving will close January 31. 

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The Washington Post reports private companies have paid as much as $25,000 to have a seat at the FDA advisory panel meetings on federal regulations for prescription painkillers. Avi Israel of Buffalo, who lost his son as a result of an addiction to painkillers, learned about the FDA meetings in emails while corresponding with a doctor.

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Abuse and addiction to prescription pain killers has become an epidemic in the U.S., but now a major campaign has been launched right here in Buffalo. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York is leading the effort along with more than 50-community groups and many local media outlets. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the campaign is titled "Painkillers Kill More than Pain".

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Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been awarded a major grant for Ovarian Cancer research. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says this is a a Specialized Program of Research in Excellence Grant is known as SPORE.

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Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo was already dealing with cuts of millions of federal dollars because of the sequester and now it potentially faces a loss of millions more with the government shutdown.


Twenty-two thousand women a year are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The Western New York Ovarian Cancer Project helps women and their families learn about symptoms, diagnosis, and questions to ask their doctors.

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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
University at Buffalo / From left to right in this picture are: Dapeng Cao, Nicolette McGeorge, Theresa Guarrera, Yuan Zhou, David LaVergne, Sabrina Casucci, Judith Tiferes Wang, and Dr. Li Lin.

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.