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A source close to one of the two companies picked to dispense medical marijuana in the Buffalo area says the much-anticipated launch of the state's program is "imminent." Advocates concerned that the program will miss Tuesday's state-imposed deadline say patients have waited long enough.


More than 100 cities across the country have raised the legal purchasing age for tobacco to 21, and the entire state of Hawaii followed suit on New Year’s Day. Now, anti-smoking advocates in Western New York are hoping to see the same thing happen in the region’s Southern Tier. 


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Researchers studying the effects on concussions on athletes hope the new film Concussion will raise awareness about the effects of head trauma on the brain. 

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There may be some big changes in the way you visit your doctor soon. Virtual health care technology that's being taught at the University at Buffalo could allow patients to receive checkups from the comfort of their own homes.

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More than 25 local firefighter and police agencies are joining Unyts for a Holiday Heroes campaign to recruit blood donors.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released an updated policy on blood donations, lifting a formal ban on donations from gay and bisexual men. But gay rights activists say the updated guidelines still discriminate against many who should be healthy, eligible donors.


Chris Caya WBFO News

A campaign is underway to change the Food and Drug Administration's 35-year-old ban on gay blood donors.

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As Western New York continues to face a drug epidemic, public health and drug reform advocates from New York City are urging state officials to consider a new alternative to the problem. Their idea? Give drug users a place to inject themselves under the supervision of healthcare professionals.


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Patients at Buffalo’s Roswell Park Cancer Institute have a new way to mark victories in the fight against cancer, thanks to the generosity of a survivor.


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Three-dimensional anatomical models are not new to the world of medicine, but they’ve certainly come a long way. This week, a team at Buffalo’s Jacobs Institute debuted the latest 3-D printed models that are helping in the success of complex surgical procedures.


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Area residents who helped build the atomic weapons of the Cold War may now qualify for compensation. Rep. Brian Higgins says says workers at Hooker Chemical and other local factories were exposed to radiation without adequate monitoring or protection.

CPR push in high schools hopefully spares heartache

Nov 23, 2015
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Every high school student in New York State will now learn CPR before graduation.  The recent mandate from the State Board of Regents follows a push from the American Heart Association and a contingent of dedicated CPR instructors, who know just how vital the life-saving skill can be.


Photo from Chipotle Twitter feed.

The Erie County Health Department is investigating a case of E-coli that is linked to an area Chipotle Mexican Grill Restaurant. In the past month there were similar outbreaks in five other states.

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Should terminally ill patients in New York be allowed to medically end their own lives? That question was discussed Friday at the University at Buffalo Law School.

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Many people might not think about carbon monoxide dangers aboard boats. But State Assemblyman Michael Kearns is proposing a law that he believes will protect the safety of those who enjoy the water.

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Members of the Council's Legislation Committee were told Tuesday of the problems of thinly-staffed hospitals and what it means for patients. The session was part of a push for Albany to mandate staffing levels in hospitals and nursing homes.


Erie County Executive's Office

A report released Thursday by the Erie County Medicaid Inspector General’s Office shows a rise in Medicaid enrollment in Erie County under the Affordable Care Act.

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A coalition of organizations that include the U.S. Department of Justice, Erie County, Kids Escaping Drugs and a number of local colleges, among others, is sponsoring the session titled, "Our Community, Our Epidemic: Turning Drug Awareness into Action." The goal is to teach people about the issue and create an action plan to deal with the area's growing drug problem.


Many Bills fans lovingly refer to Buffalo as "a drinking town with a sports problem." A new study finds that's probably true – at least on game days.

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One of Buffalo's foremost football families was honored on Saturday night for their efforts to spread cancer awareness and promote advocacy.

About one third of kids in Erie County are either overweight or obese, according to a report issued by the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. The organization's Community Report Card on Childhood Obesity also indicates a correlation between obesity and household income.

University at Buffalo

When the University at Buffalo became a clinical center that focused on examining and preventing major illnesses among women over 50 years of age back in the early 1990s, it was one of only 16 centers in the country.

Chris Caya WBFO News

A new nursing lounge is available now available for mothers to feed their children while at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.


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A new survey on the use of tobacco products in New York State shows a change in the dynamic of the tobacco marketplace, shifting from traditional cigarette brands to newer products. It also shows that electronic cigarette use among high school students and young adults ages 18 to 24 is nearly double that of users 25 and up.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Erie County, Say Yes to Education, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and numerous other partners are expanding the number of mental health clinics serving Buffalo's public schools, adding 15 more this school year.


Community forum on opioid epidemic coming to Lancaster

Oct 26, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A multitude of partners are co-hosting a forum on Saturday, November 14 to discuss the region's rising problem with opioid and opiate abuse, and the anticipated record death toll local health officials are expecting this year as the result of that crisis.


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New York’s first program designed to diversify the state’s physician workforce is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

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Erie County, which is working in partnership with several stakeholders in a continued effort to combat opioid addiction, received a grant from the Tower Foundation to help fund the fight.


Making your way around the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will get easier as the result of a $15 million state grant that will make the growing corridor more pedestrian-friendly.

If you were downtown Saturday morning, you may have noticed a sea of people dressed in pink and ready to take action.   The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk was held at Canalside.

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