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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.

Enterovirus D68 cases confirmed in Erie County

Sep 22, 2014
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Fourteen case of Enterovirus D68 have been confirmed in Erie County. The Erie County Health Department announced Monday that they're still testing others for the illness. The respiratory virus has been present in region since August.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says flu season is upon us.

The Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has announced the largest gift in its history. Businessman and philanthropist Tom Golisano, through his foundation, is donating $3.5 million toward construction of a new center for community health.

ECMC nurses agree to new 7-year labor deal

Sep 16, 2014
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Nurses at Erie County Medical Center have overwhelmingly voted in favor of a new seven-year labor contract.

Parkinson's awareness event to take place in Buffalo

Sep 6, 2014

The third annual Moving Day event for Parkinson’s disease will take place Sunday in downtown Buffalo. The event aims to spread awareness of the disease and raise money to support Parkinson’s programs and research.

UB among SUNY campuses funded for overdose antidotes

Aug 21, 2014
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Twelve SUNY campuses across New York State have received funding to equip campus police with the life-saving heroin antidote Naloxone also known as Narcan. The initiative aims to combat the epidemic of heroin overdose nationwide.

Local immigrants help raise funds for Ebola epicenters

Aug 19, 2014
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A group of local West-African immigrants have created a new organization that will help raise money to assist poor countries battling the Ebola outbreak. The Save Africa/End Ebola organization is collecting funds to purchase much needed medical supplies.

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With the tragic news that actor and comedian Robin Williams committed suicide, experts are weighing in to offer advice for people suffering with alcohol and drug addictions and depression. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with one expert from the University at Buffalo.

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New York residents will soon be able to have their medical records follow them wherever they go across the state.

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Ground-breaking is expected by the end of the summer for a new food market in Buffalo's Fruit Belt neighborhood that will specialize in fresh fruits and vegetables.  The city planning board signed off on the project Tuesday.

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Catholic Health and Sisters of Charity Hospital recognized the work of the Pink Pillow Project and the Twin City Quilters Guild Friday. The groups are responsible for making mastectomy pillows to give to Breast Cancer patients across western New York.

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A meeting to strategize ways to combat hunger was held in Buffalo Wednesday. The New York State Council on Food Policy held its third listening session as part of its tour across the state.

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Healthcare professionals and community leaders in Buffalo are helping to raise awareness about the impact of Hepatitis C in the African American community.

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Dr. Donald Trump, the president and CEO of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, is retiring. 

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Following a vigorous review, the National Cancer Institute has renewed Roswell Park's Comprehensive Cancer Center Grant. The designation secures more than $19 million in federal funding for Roswell for another five years.

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There are growing calls for police officers in Toronto to carry an antidote that would counteract the effects of an overdose.  Overdoses from some opiates, which include powerful painkillers, have become of the leading causes of accidental deaths in Ontario.