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The deadline for uninsured Americans to sign up health coverage under the Affordable Care Act was extended until the end of Tuesday, Christmas Eve. The White House decided to give extra 24 hours to citizens to sign up from Monday's looming deadline. BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York has noticed an increase in enrollment over the last week.

With a sudden surge in damage to infants from shaken baby syndrome, the Erie County Social Services Department is trying to get the word out that there is help in the community for stressed out parents.

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A former Buffalo radio newsman is battling Leukemia. Ray Marks is preparing to undergo a stem cell transplant at the end of January. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the retired broadcaster and now adjunct professor wants to share his story in hopes of helping others.

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Lawmakers are considering a bill that would provide cancer patients more access to affordable treatments.

Today is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, an effort begun by anti-cancer groups nearly four decades ago to help people quit smoking. This year, the Cancer Society in New York is using the day to call attention to a decline in state spending on anti-smoking programs.

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The Innovation Trail is looking at how refugees have weaved their way into upstate New York's changing economy.

AARP held an informational session in Clarence Thursday to education citizens about the future of Medicare and Social Security. The session was held to alleviate the fears Americans may have about the programs running out of money.

President Barack Obama Thursday offered a fix to those Americans who are upset about losing their health insurance. The President says insurance companies can keep offering consumers plans for one more year that would otherwise be canceled. 

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A new report claims that special mouth guards and helmets marketed to reduce concussions may not actually provide any additional protection for football players. The findings are from a 2012 study that followed 1,332 high school athletes during a season.

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.