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The State Environmental Conservation Department is making apparent major changes in its rules for air emissions. The matter was discussed Monday night at a public meeting in the Town of Tonawanda's Sheridan Parkside Community Center.

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Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein is warning parents of an increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) during these extremely cold winter days. The Health Department notes two infants have already died tragically this winter due to unsafe sleep environments.

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With an outbreak of measles reported in 14 states, Assemblyman Sean Ryan is proposing legislation that would require a child to be vaccinated before a parent can receive their child dependent tax deduction.

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The multi-state measles outbreak tied to Disneyland has local officials urging residents to get vaccinated. 

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The yeast which has been used for thousands of years to make beer is providing material for a cancer research study deep inside human genes.

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220,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield subscribers in Western New York will soon receive a “Blue Box” filled with two-for-one dining cards.

Suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Jan 26, 2015
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Have the winter blues got you down? Seasonal Affective Disorder can be a very traumatic for some this time of year

Erie County infant dies from flu complications

Jan 20, 2015

An infant living in Erie County recently died from complications relating to the flu. Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein says it is the first confirmed flu-related death in the county this season. 

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As the flu and similar illnesses spread across the nation, local hospitals are experiencing an additional influx of patients.

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As temperatures hit their coldest so far, this season, WBFO’s Avery Schneider went to the Buffalo General Medical Center to find out what residents need to know about beating one of the more dangerous ailments brought on by the frigid weather.

New York officials have proposed regulations for a medical marijuana program expected to start in 2016. 

NYS health enrollment extended due to November snow

Dec 15, 2014
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If you haven’t enrolled in the New York State Health Exchange yet, the deadline has been extended a few days. The original cut-off for January 1, 2015 enrollment was December 15, but the state moved the date to December 20, 2015 due to the November snow storm.

Public argues pros and cons of universal healthcare

Dec 10, 2014
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Could healthcare become universal for all New Yorkers? The State Assembly held a hearing on the suggested New York Health Act in Buffalo Wednesday.

The city of Toronto's board of health has given the green light for a study on banning the sale of popular energy drinks to minors. If approved, it would eventually mean a ban on the sale of drinks such as Red Bull and Monster to people under the age of 19 at all city-owned buildings and venues.

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Roswell Park Cancer Institute has expanded its capabilities for advanced procedures with its new Endoscopy Center, which opened Thursday

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that two more hospitals have received designations to treat potential Ebola patients, both of them in Buffalo.

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A panel discussion on health care reform was held at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York headquarters Friday. The session aimed to address the present and future of health care as session two of the Affordable Care Act launches with open enrollment on November 15th.

Cuomo says state was prepared for Ebola case

Oct 24, 2014

Governor Cuomo says New York was properly prepared for the eventuality that an Ebola case would develop in the state. The governor made his comments during a Thursday night news conference.

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While medical officials across the country grapple with how to prepare for Ebola, there is hope that a vaccine is a big step closer. Last week, north of the border, Canada's health minister announced that clinical trials for an Ebola vaccine, developed by Canadian scientists, is now underway in Maryland. 

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In an effort to reduce lead hazards in area homes, Erie County announced the “Wipe Out Lead” billboard and texting campaign Monday. The county received federal funds to help eradicate lead poisoning across the region.

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Local nurses are being trained to respond to Ebola.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says union nurses are learning how to put on protective gear and respond to an Ebola patient.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state is taking steps to prepare for possible cases of Ebola in New York.

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Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been awarded special funding that will be specifically directed at increasing HPV vaccinations among youth. WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports Roswell is one of 18 centers nationwide to lead this effort in preventing cancer-causing viruses.

Now that Kaleida Health broke ground on the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital on Ellicott Street Wednesday, many wonder what will become of the current Bryant Street site.

Officials break ground on new Children's Hospital

Oct 8, 2014
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A groundbreaking ceremony took place on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Wednesday for the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. The $270 million facility will replace Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo on Bryant Street.

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A new report released by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office is highlighting the effectiveness of the Health Care Bureau Helpline. The toll-free service has assisted more than 20,000 New Yorkers, 189 of which were Erie County residents. / WBFO News

With this week's evidence that the deadly Ebola virus has reached U.S. soil, politicians are calling for better protection against the virus.  New York Senator Charles Schumer says there's no need for panic, but he is urging federal agencies to take joint measures in preventing the spread of Ebola.

Legislation to keep veterans childcare program open

Oct 1, 2014
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A free childcare service at the Western New York VA Hospital slated for closure at the end of last month will remain open. Congressman Brian Higgins announced Wednesday the final approval of legislation to keep the service available through December 2015.

The Buffalo Bills and Independent Health have teamed up for an initiative that challenges Western New Yorkers to adopt healthier lifestyles.

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Jobs and medical breakthroughs could be at stake unless Washington boosts funding for the National Institutes of Health.