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The winter hiatus is apparently over. The Elmwood Village development wars are reheating, this time over what to do with the former Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

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Both houses of the New York State Legislature have approved a proposal to make significant changes to New York's medical malpractice law, by allowing patients to sue years after an alleged misdiagnosis or mistreatment for cancer.

A new NPR/Marist poll finds that 1 in 5 jobs in America is held by a worker under contract. Within a decade, contractors and freelancers could make up half of the American workforce. In a weeklong series, NPR explores many aspects of this change.

State changes distribution of opioid antidote

Jan 26, 2018
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New statewide rules for distribution of Naloxone is affecting agencies that trains people to use the drug, also known as Narcan.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken steps to make it easier for New Yorkers to get the influenza vaccine as the flu epidemic continues to spread across the state.

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Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center received a significant boost in funding for prostate cancer research and awareness from some well-known members of the Buffalo sports community.


The American Lung Association says Albany lawmakers could be doing more to improve how the state controls tobacco use.

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A Western New York agency that works with people battling opioid addiction has added two new mobile units to their resources, funded with dollars from a state grant.


Imagine if the flu was about as common as diphtheria, measles or other relatively rare viruses. Researchers say if a universal vaccine being tested right now does what they hope it will, people would be able to get a flu shot that protects against any form of influenza.

Cuomo proposes opioid tax to pay for epidemic

Jan 23, 2018

One of the new sources of revenue included in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed executive budget is an opioid epidemic surcharge. The $0.02 tax per milligram of active opioid ingredient on pills would be levied on drug manufacturers.

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Students on the Daemen College campus now have the opportunity for far more than just classroom training in medicine – they’ve got a chance to have a hand in their own health care.


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In an expanding grassroots health care program, six of Buffalo’s barber and beauty shops are now home to free blood pressure monitoring and health resources.


American Nurses Credentialing Center

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is beginning a long and rigorous process to attain one of the nation’s highest medical accreditations.


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A new documentary airing on WNED-TV and PBS stations across the country looks at the underlying causes and the impacts of America’s opioid problem. WBFO’s Avery Schneider sat down with the show’s writer and producer John Grant, to find out more about the making of the program.


Queen Mary University of London

With increasing numbers of higher-risk older pregnant women, there's a new test available for those concerned about Down syndrome.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

An Erie County legislator and candidate for New York State Assembly has introduced a proposal that, if passed, would ban smoking in a car while a child is inside the vehicle. Although Patrick Burke admits details must still be hammered out, his bill is already drawing the support of local cancer researchers and anti-smoking advocates.


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Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center dedicated its new Cardiac and Stroke Care Unit Thursday morning, marking a major achievement for the community.


Roswell Park gets 'facelift' for 120th anniversary

Jan 4, 2018
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Roswell Park Cancer Institute has ushered in the new year with a new name, logo and mission statement. The CEO of what is now Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center says the rebranding focuses around the central principle and new tagline, "Unleashing the healing power of hope." This freshened-up identity also comes as the hospital prepares to celebrate its 120th anniversary with a series of activities throughout 2018. WBFO's Marian Hetherly talked about the changes with Roswell Park CEO Candace Johnson.

With slippery conditions on streets and sidewalks this season, it’s always a good idea to watch where you step. And in the City of Buffalo, you’re not the only one keeping an eye out.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

The next step in a Niagara Falls hospital’s plan to improve cardiac care is nearly complete, and it marks a major milestone for patients and staff.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A new rotating art exhibit is opening in Roswell Park Cancer Institute that, hospital officials say, offers yet another opportunity to provide therapy for patients as well as their families.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo is celebrating the overwhelming success of this year’s “Walking to Wellness” campaign. With help from people and organizations across Erie County, it exceeded its 50-million step goal.


United Health Foundation

A report ranking all 50 states on how they’re dealing with public health issues places New York at number 10 this year.


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For many, the holiday season brings depression and, in more severe cases, thoughts of suicide. This includes many veterans who, upon returning home from overseas tours, may be struggling to process their experiences as they a time of year that's expected to be festive. A professional who works in mental health with the Department Veterans Affairs in Buffalo offers pointers for recognizing when a veteran may be in need of help.

Coping with the "Holiday Blues"

Dec 22, 2017
Crisis Services

Many people struggle with the Holiday Blues. They battle loneliness, anxiety, stress and depression.

The Lockport and Newfane-based hospitals of the Eastern Niagara Health System will soon join the Kaleida Health family.


Study: Low birth weights linked to fracking sites

Dec 15, 2017
National Public Radio

Infants born to mothers who live very close to natural gas fracking sites have a higher risk of low birth weight, according to a new peer-reviewed study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances.

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Not feeling well? Maybe with a fever and a tummy that doesn't feel good? You may have joined this year's early flu season.

Douglas Levere / University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo is celebrating a milestone achievement with Tuesday morning’s grand opening of the new home of its medical school.


Karen DeWitt

New York faces fiscal challenges in 2018, but that has not stopped groups from asking for more money in the new state budget, including agencies that provide care to people with disabilities.

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