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Assemblymember Ray Walter

Assemblymember Ray Walter is kicking off his 6th Annual Christmas in July Toy Drive Monday.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The health care bill unveiled in the U.S. Senate Friday retains provisions that relate to New York's Medicaid program.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Thursday night, the hockey puck will drop at HarborCenter as an ambitious attempt to set a new record gets underway. Two teams of volunteers will spend the next 11 days playing a continuous game of hockey. While participants in the 11 Day Power Play seek to become the longest-ever hockey game played, the larger goal is to raise one million dollars for cancer research.


It’s been four months since the announcement of a new health and wellness center for Buffalo’s Jefferson Avenue corridor. This week, neighborhood residents got the chance to see updated plans and voice their opinions on the project.

Being able to identify the symptoms of concussion in youth contact sports is not only critical to the safety of young athletes, it’s also Erie County Law. Now there’s training to back it up.

Public comment period open on insurance rate hikes

Jun 20, 2017

New York State is now accepting public comments on proposed health insurance rates. These are rates for plans sold on the state's exchange.

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This month marks the halfway point in New York State's plan to end the AIDS epidemic by the year 2020. Although local health care officials say progress has been made, a new epidemic is threatening the effort.

WNY Children's Psychiatric Center

The New York State Senate has unanimously passed a bill making the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center a stand-alone facility.

Millennials, christened by some as “The Next-Greatest Generation,” appear to be straining under the pressure.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The City of Buffalo is first in the nation with a new pilot program that helps opioid addicts charged with crimes get into treatment.

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It was a small, but emotional audience that turned out Tuesday evening for a public hearing on Ruthie's Law, the proposed Erie County regulation of nursing homes prompted by the beating death of Ruth Murray by another patient in a Buffalo nursing home.

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The debate over physician-assisted suicide has gone before New York State's highest court.

letstalkstigma.org / Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition

Perceptions are often the biggest barrier to people with mental health conditions finding the help they need to live healthy and productive lives. Through the efforts of the newly-formed Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition, those barriers may fall.


University at Buffalo / NIAID

There is a serious problem around the world - and it is growing. A University at Buffalo research team is taking a new approach to combat the problem with old antibiotics.

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Grillmeisters who have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of another outdoor cooking season should remember one thing: barbecues and picnics can be hazardous to our health.

Karen DeWitt

Faith leaders from around New York came to the Capitol to gain support in the state Senate to adopt a statewide single-payer health care system. It would be an alternative to the national Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which Republicans in Congress and President Donald Trump have been trying to dismantle.


Major insurers accused of defrauding Medicare

May 23, 2017

The complexities of billing the Medicare program may have provided cover for some major health insurers in an effort to defraud the federal government. According to a report from The New York Times, the companies may have exaggerated patient diagnoses to inflate Medicare payments by billions of dollars. Buffalo Congressman Brian Higgins decried the practice, calling it a "blatant violation of the public trust."

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Lawmakers in New York are debating whether to add electronic cigarettes to the state's ban on smoking in public areas like workplaces, bars and restaurants. The state Assembly already has endorsed the idea.

Veggie lovers turning to CSAs for produce straight from the farm

May 22, 2017
Wendy Guild Swearingen

Most people buy their vegetables the "usual" way, in that weekly trip to the grocery store. But more and more Western New Yorkers are preferring to get their produce straight from the farm, through what's called a CSA. Buffalo Spree editor Wendy Guild Swearingen, a WBFO contributor, found out more.

S.H.E. Clinic

Bleeding disorders in women and young girls can affect every-day life – from missed days at work to missed time in the classroom. But, often, the disorders go undiagnosed. A new clinic in Buffalo’s Delaware District is working to change that.


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There has been another sudden surge in apparent drug overdoses in Erie County and in the surrounding counties: eleven cases between Saturday afternoon and Monday afternoon.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Dozens of people were in a Lancaster park Thursday, protesting Congressman Chris Collins' vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Senior citizens are vulnerable to abuse, not only of their physical selves but also of their life's savings. This morning in Amherst, partners in a newly formed task force announced their mission to provide elderly individuals with assistance in cases of financial abuse and exploitation.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

For many people, the term “population health” may be new and undefined concept. What do you know about it, and does it involve you? Find out.


Almost 100 hospitals reported suspicious data on dangerous infections to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials, but the agency did not follow up or examine any of the cases in depth, according to a report by the Health and Human Services inspector general's office.

Most hospitals report how many infections strike patients during treatment, meaning the infections are likely contracted inside the facility. Each year, Medicare is supposed to review up to 200 cases in which hospitals report suspicious infection-tracking results.

National Public Radio

Legislation that would authorize people with terminal illnesses to request life-ending drugs from a physician is again before state lawmakers in Albany.

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Western New Yorkers will gather outside Congressman Chris Collins’ Williamsville office on Thursday afternoon to stage a die-in demonstration, sparked by his vote on the American Health Care Act. A coordinated sister event will be simultaneously held in front of the Congressman’s Geneseo office.

One day after House Republicans led passage of the American Health Care Act, advocates for the developmentally disabled in Western New York are raising concerns about a key element of the plan.


Some of New York’s leaders are expressing outrage over the Republican House of Representatives vote to undo the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.


Buffalo’s Lafayette Square was host, on Wednesday afternoon, to the latest stop in a campaign to educate New Yorkers on a potential new tool in the fight against drug use - a tool that is drawing mixed opinions.


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