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Many smokers are  being put to the test today as the Great American Smokeout is staged throughout the country. The event challenges smokers to take an early step in kicking the habit.

The Niagara Falls Board is advising residents in the city of Niagara Falls to boil their water before using, after a water line ruptured allowing dirty water to enter the system.

WNY Children's Psychiatric Center

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his effort to close the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca took a hit Thursday in State Supreme Court.


National Public Radio

Following the mass shooting in a Texas church Sunday, some public comments essentially made mental illness the scapegoat for the tragedy. However, a local expert says that is harmful in many ways.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

A new chapter is about to begin for Buffalo’s medical community, as staff at Women and Children’s Hospital close out 125 years of welcoming newborns into the world and treating sick kids. Plans to move to the new Oishei Children’s Hospital have been in the works for years, but as they come to fruition, hospital staff are having an emotional time saying good bye.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Friday morning marks the planned beginning of the move from Women and Children’s Hospital on Bryant Street to the new Oishei Children’s Hospital in the heart of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. In this historic move, there are many things patients, families, and the public at large need to know.


MHPC

A new campaign is underway by Mental Health PEER Connection to help more people recover from opioids and other addictive substances.

University at Buffalo

Spring forward, fall back. We all know what the phrase means. Early Sunday, we’ll set our clocks back one hour as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Being a victim of domestic violence is challenging enough, but fighting it through the court system can sometimes add unwanted stress to the situation. An agency in Erie County is helping victims fight for the justice and protection they need while spending minimal time in the courtroom.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

The City of Buffalo welcomed experts from the bioscience, pharmaceutical, and medical technology communities this week for the annual MedTech Conference. It’s an opportunity for them to harness the power of partnership and turn an eye towards the future.

WBFO file photo/Dan Telvock, Investigative Post

The City of Buffalo is known to have thousands of houses with lead paint, on their inside walls, window frames or on their exteriors. A group of local foundations is putting the finishing touches on a report that will better define where the problem of lead poisoning risk is more prominent.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Domestic violence advocacy groups are getting a financial boost by way of grants from the State of New York.


New York State Department of Health

A new State Health Department study is looking to determine why Western New York is one of the worst regions in New York for cancer and what can be done about it.

National Public Radio

John Kapoor has been arrested in Arizona, charged with leading a nationwide conspiracy to bribe doctors and pharmacists to widely prescribe an opioid cancer drug for people who did not need it. You may not recognize the name, but the drug company founder is a billionaire and University at Buffalo graduate for which UB's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is named.

Governor's office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has laid out a plan to solve a grim mystery in New York State. Cuomo says scientists and health researchers will spend the next year trying to find out why cancer rates are so much higher in some areas.

President Trump's plan to eliminate the subsidies that help insurance companies absorb the cost of covering people with lower incomes is now before a federal judge. In the meantime, the clock is ticking down to the next open enrollment period under the existing health law - known as Obamacare.

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New Yorkers who use e-cigarettes will have to comply with the same limits on smoking cigarettes in public, now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill into law.


Douglas Levere / University at Buffalo

A Buffalo-based startup is showing strong progress in developing a new and effective cancer treatment. Now it’s time for them to take the leap into human testing.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that bans electronic cigarettes from places in New York State where smoking tobacco is already prohibited.

iVolunteerFIRE.org

New York volunteer firefighters who have been diagnosed with certain cancers will be eligible for health care benefits under a new state law.

National Public Radio

It is not unusual for a cancer patient to also have a heart problem, as many forms of chemotherapy can damage the heart. However, around the world, there has been a rapid increase in changes in the way a patient is treated when doctors find both problems.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

In just over three weeks, the new Oishei Children’s Hospital at the Buffalo Niagara Medical campus will open to the public. From the moment patients and staff walk in, it’s going to be evident that the new state-of-the-art hospital was designed with families in mind.


New York State

The fallout continues from President Donald Trump’s decision to end subsidies to health insurance companies to help lower-income Americans pay for their health insurance. But it’s still unclear what the exact impact will be in New York.


New York state is taking steps to make it easier to sign up as an organ donor.

University at Buffalo

With modern medicine creating drugs that can be misused for addiction, and opioid drugs for medical care sometimes leading to addiction, many health-related professions are looking hard at prescriptions, prescribing practices and education.

WBFO file photo

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is going to court to fight President Donald Trump’s decision to end subsidies for low-income Americans who get their health care through the Affordable Care Act health exchanges.


Erie County Medical Center

Therapy animals are being used more and more with children and adults dealing with stressful medical issues.

Investigative Post's Dan Tevlock

Sen. Charles Schumer was in Lewiston Monday, calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to resume cleanup of radioactive waste sites in Lewiston and Niagara Falls. Schumer said the EPA must continue to work with local community leaders and residents to develop a full remediation plan to clean up the affected properties.

Karen DeWitt

People who say the terminally ill should have a legal option to end their lives with medical aid presented petitions to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, asking that he and the Legislature make that change.


Kaleida Health

For years, DeGraff Memorial Hospital faced an uncertain future. On Wednesday, a groundbreaking ceremony was held there to mark the start of an $8 million expansion that will double the size of its emergency department and, as hospital officials made clear, erase any worries about the North Tonawanda-based medical center's fate.


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