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If your family is expecting a new arrival or has a younger member already running around, your next outing could be a mix of fun and education.

A new national database released Wednesday by the Environmental Working Group shines a light on water quality across the United States - and the results are not good.

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Electronic cigarettes will no longer be allowed on public or private school grounds across New York State.  Governor Cuomo signed legislation to ban the use.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with a health behavior expert at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


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There is an increasingly vocal group in Western New York. Its members are suffering from Lyme disease or are family members of those with the tick-borne disease. They packed an Erie Community College South auditorium Monday night to complain they are not getting the help they need.

Kia Briggs / Mental Health Association of Chautauqua County

As the over-prescription of opioid pain killers continues to plague the country, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is proposing new legislation to help curb it. In Chautauqua County on Monday morning, Gillibrand announced a new bipartisan bill that would limit initial supplies of opioid prescriptions for short-term acute pain to just seven days.

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An exhibit is being held at Villa Maria College for a decade-long Autism Services art student. Eighteen-year-old Matt Mansour developed a strong interest in painting at a young age, showing an early gift for color mixing.

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State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is calling for improved oversight by the agency that regulates child foster care across New York.


A new study finds New York is an outlier in more ways than one when it comes to health care spending. The latest analysis from the Pew Charitable Trusts looked at economic trends in states over a period of 15 years.

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An initiative that has promoted pedal power throughout the area is celebrating its one year anniversary in Buffalo.

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A Buffalo man, charged with selling two fatal heroin mixture overdoses, could face life in prison.


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Both Republicans and Democrats are saying the Senate health care bill will not pass, even if an actual vote is delayed longer. WBFO talked with Congressman Brian Higgins, who said it is time to look beyond the plan for something new.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says people need to "fight back" against the proposed Republican health care bill. Gillibrand calls it "disastrous."


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Experts on the heroin and opioid epidemic testified before a State Senate Task Force, in Buffalo, on Wednesday.

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The cuts proposed under the Republican health care bill could end up hurting thousands of local residents who rely on Medicaid to live in the community.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is being urged to sign a bill that would expand eligibility for the state's medical marijuana program to include patients undergoing treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.


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A new summer STEM program is giving high school students from across Western New York the opportunity to help kids in need through 3-D printing and design.


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Game over, record set, mission accomplished. The 11 Day Power Play wrapped up early Monday in HarborCenter, successfully achieving its lofty goals in a cause launched months ago to support cancer research.


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.

Dominic LoVallo

As a global campaign focuses attention on elder abuse, a local initiative is gearing up to spread joy to thousands of senior citizens across Western New York.

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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.


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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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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.


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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Three prominent names in Buffalo-area health care are uniting to construct a new radiation oncology center in the Southtowns.


Chris Jacobs / New York State Senate

Western New York business leaders are praising the passage of workers’ compensation reforms in this year’s state budget.

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Some University at Buffalo medical students are spending their spring break this week learning about impoverished sections of the City of Buffalo. The Buffalo Community Immersion Program is sponsored by the UB Center for Medical Humanities. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley joined nearly a dozen students as they conducted a walking tour of an east side community.


African Heritage Food Co-op

Efforts to promote accessible and affordable food took center stage recently at an East Side community center as advocates highlighted what’s known as the People’s Food Movement.

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It's something that is inevitable. But to many people, talking about death, and preparing for it, is seen as a "taboo" topic. Even many doctors struggle to engage in conversations with patients about desired care right up to the moment when life ends. A conference will be held in downtown Buffalo Saturday that addresses the sensitive subject.


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In light of a recent spike in suspected opioid-related deaths in Erie County, an Erie County legislator is proposing an increase in funding to make treatment services more accessible to those who seek help but cannot afford it.


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An estimated 1800 to 1900 cardiovascular patients in Niagara County traveled to Erie County and beyond last year to seek the care they needed. Thanks to a newly opened cardiac catheterization lab, that number should drop significantly.


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