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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.

Wegmans voluntary product recall

Apr 17, 2013
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A group representing hundreds of hospitals and nursing homes across the state says Medicare patients would suffer under President Obama's budget proposal. 

New research expected to help understand human diseases

Apr 10, 2013
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Researchers in Western New York are working on a project that could assess how humans develop disease. A major grant was recently awarded by the National Science Foundation to assistant professor of Biology at SUNY Fredonia, Scott Ferguson.

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Sequestration will likely cut down on the amount of research being conducted at several facilities on the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus. And as WBFO's Chris Caya reports - that could slow the City's economic recovery. 

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Sequestration cuts will mean a direct blow to cancer research right here in Buffalo. Under the sequester,  Roswell Park Cancer Institute stands to lose $7 to $8 million in federal funding this year alone for both research and treatment for some patients. 

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ECMC and Unyts are reminding Western New Yorkers that April is 'Donate Life Month.' Nationwide, more than 117,000 people are awaiting transplants.

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Tuberculosis is often considered one of those diseases of the past: long cured and long forgotten. But the Erie County Health Department evaluated more than 3,700 people for the disease last year and found 19 active cases.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute has teamed with Catholic Health to provide cancer care at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo.   WBFO'S Mike Desmond sat down with leaders from both organizations to discuss this latest collaboration.

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A new study from the University of California reveals only about 37.2 percent of women treated for ovarian cancer are receiving the proper care. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked to a cancer expert from Roswell Park Cancer Institute about why some woman are missing the mark when it comes to following the national treatment guidelines.

This week marked Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week.  Western New York has one of the highest rates of MS in the Nation. 

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An area health care provided has scored the highest in the nation in a J.D. Power and Associates 2013 U.S. Member Health Plan Study.  Independent health has received the top score for health care plans.

Women have caught up with men in a lethal health problem: lung cancer.

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A potent prescription drug is now considered a "Scheduled 2" controlled substance.  Doctors and pharmacists across New York State are receiving an open letter from the State Attorney General.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is working to gain recently extended New Market Tax Credits for Roswell Park in Buffalo so the cancer hospital so it can build a $42 million Clinical Sciences Center.

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Several hundred people from the City and Town of Tonawanda turned out Wednesday night to discuss what are seen as the most severe health problems in their communities.

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The Buffalo community is being encouraged to fight obesity. Independent Health hosted its second "Conversations for a Healthier Tomorrow" featuring former Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell.  Purcell served as the vice chair of the committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Institute of Medicine of the National Academies Washington. 

After 87 years, the Erie County Home in Alden is closing and residents and staff are moving to the ECMC Health Campus in Buffalo.

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As smoking bans become more widespread, some cigarette smokers have turned to so-called 'electronic cigarettes.' But health experts says it's too soon to say whether e-cigarettes are safe.

A six-year-old girl died Monday night at Women & Children's Hospital in Buffalo.  Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein tells WBFO News the child's death is attributed to influenza.

During a visit to Buffalo Wednesday, Lt. Governor Robert Duffy helped launch a new initiative at Roswell Park Cancer Institute to better understand, prevent and cure cancer.

Another Western New York hospital is notifying its patients that they may have been exposed to potential contamination through the improper reuse of insulin pens.