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The VA of Western New York Healthcare System held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its newly renovated Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service Department Thursday.

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Saturday marks "World No Tobacco Day" and to help celebrate, Rural/Metro has declared all of its properties tobacco-free.

Toronto is preparing for June's Pride festivities, including the Pride Parade at the end of May. Earlier this month the Pride flag was raised at City Hall and for this year's celebration, the Toronto Health Authority is adding something new.

New study finds toxic chemicals in e-cigarette vapor

May 22, 2014
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E-cigarettes may have the same amount of toxic chemicals or more than traditional cigarettes. A new study released by Roswell Park Cancer this week finds that the electronic devices might not be safer than tobacco cigarettes.

New Health Mall opens on Buffalo's East Side

May 2, 2014
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A first-of-its-kind Health Mall has opened in Buffalo Friday. Local officials were joined by community leaders in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the facility located at 1500 Broadway.

Mount St. Mary's to join Catholic Health system

Apr 30, 2014

Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and Health Center in Lewiston is formally joining the Catholic Health system. The organizations have been affiliated for years through the Acension Health system, but now they’re making it official.

Erie County reminds parents to vaccinate their children

Apr 29, 2014

The Erie County Department of Health is reminding parents to get their children vaccinated. The call is in observance of National Infant Immunization Week this week.

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Laborers, community members and local officials commemorated the lives of workers who have died on the job from injury or illness Monday. Workers Memorial Day aims to shed light on existing on the job hazards.

FDA proposes new rules for e-cigarettes

Apr 25, 2014
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The Food and Drug Administration proposed strict new regulations on e-cigarettes yesterday. The FDA plans to submit a regulatory blueprint to congress that will widen its authority over the electronic devices, as well as cigars, pipe tobacco and hookahs.

Lomeo named president/CEO of Kaleida Health

Apr 24, 2014
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The Kaleida Health Board of Directors has named Jody Lomeo president and CEO.

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The Western New York Alzheimer’s Association held a Dementia Care Symposium in Cheektowaga Friday. The day-long event aims to spread awareness about the disease and how to get help for loved ones at risk.

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In honor of National ‘Donate Life’ month Erie County has launched a year-long campaign to increase the number of organ and tissue donors in New York State.

Raising awareness of oral cancer

Apr 7, 2014

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly’s battle with oral cancer is putting a spotlight on the deadly disease.  On the same day the former Buffalo Bill star quarterback was to begin chemotherapy and radition treatments in New York City, WBFO News reports on oral, head and neck cancer awareness month, and how one local woman is spreading the word about the importance of being screened.

The Roswell Park Cancer Institute says a lack of insurance coverage is a barrier to a new form of cancer screenings.

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Child and Adolescent Treatment Services & Lake Shore Behavioral Health, Inc. have teamed-up to offer mental health programs for people of all ages. The partnership will allow the agencies to increase the number of mental health programs locally.

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Picket lines went up outside the Delaware Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Delaware and Utica in Buffalo Thursday. Dozens of workers carried signs and chanted slogans protesting concessions being sought by the facility's new owner.

New campaign aims to reduce falls in senior population

Mar 26, 2014
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Buffalo’s Fillmore district launches a fall prevention initiative. The effort is being led by the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and Western New York Inc., government officials including councilmember David Franczyk, local businesses and community stakeholders.

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An opponent of Peace Bridge expansion says government is working to run more trucks across the bridge and not doing enough to protect the health of West Side residents damaged by diesel truck exhaust.

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Local lawmakers and community activists are urging people without health care coverage to sign up as soon as possible.

Press Pass: Kaleida's future leadership

Feb 10, 2014
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Kaleida Health is now operating under new leadership. The board of directors recently voted out CEO James Kaskie and named Erie County Medical Center CEO Jody Lomeo to run Kaleida in the interim.

CVS Caremark's decision to stop selling tobacco products is drawing praise in the cancer treatment community.

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center believes it can provide better health care for less money in its new Niagara Wellness Connection Center.

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Flu activity is now widespread across most of the nation.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley asked the Erie County Health Commissioner about this year's flu season.

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Two state lawmakers from Buffalo are calling to ban a controversial practice known as Conversion Therapy.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with the coordinator of the newly formed organization fighting against a method they say is anti-gay.

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The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County is working to end the stigma that surrounds suicide. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says members of the community gathered in downtown Buffalo yesterday to learn about prevention.

A significant number of college students have post traumatic stress disorder and are more likely to have problems with alcohol, according to new research from the University at Buffalo.

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Kaleida Health is urging employees to report to their shifts Tuesday evening. That includes doctors, nurses, dietitians, and other employees. Employees living in areas that are under travel bans should carry their Kaleida identification.

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Along with dangerously cold temperatures, Erie County is also being hit with influenza.

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ECMC showed off its new $15 million ambulatory surgery center Monday with two operating rooms in a new building on the Grider Street campus.

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The future of Lakeshore Hospital in Irving continues to hang in the balance. Earlier this year, hospital leaders announced the facility would close in early 2014 because of financial troubles, unless a new buyer came forward. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, Rep. Tom Reed says intense efforts continue to keep the hospital operating.