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The assault on a nurse at Buffalo Psychiatric Center Saturday afternoon has added new fuel to the debate over plans to close the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca. That plan, which would transfer young patients to the Forest Avenue facility, continues to draw fervent local opposition.


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Congressman Brian Higgins says the failure of a Republican-sponsored bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is a victory for the American people. The Buffalo Democrat says the GOP legislation would have benefited insurance companies rather than the people it was supposed to help.

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A local law to better protect seniors in nursing homes is being proposed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

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The U.S. House of Representatives’ vote on the plan to replace the Affordable Care Act looms this evening, and some of New York’s representatives are still on the fence. New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul is hoping to change that.


Jeremiah Sullivan

Dr. Deepak Chopra has many titles – Doctor of Endocrinology, author, public speaker, and advocate for integrative medicine. Here’s how he uses that knowledge to deal with stress.


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The smoking rate among high school students across the state was the lowest on record in 2016, but state Health Department data singals a dramatic increase in e-cigarette use.

Numerous studies have shown that starting the day with breakfast has a positive influence for students. The federal government funds a program that allows income-eligible students to eat that first meal of the day at school, but less than one third of those who qualify for the program in New York State take advantage of it.

Allegany State Park

As concerns about changes in federal environmental policies continue to garner headlines, advocates sponsored an “Earth Rally” Saturday at Allegany State Park.

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

The campaign is called “Building on the Tradition of Quality Care.”  The goal: to try to snare state funding that would finance upgrades at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

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We all know the power music can have over us. A certain melody or a song can instantly transport us to another place and time and have a real effect on our mood. Buffalo blues musician Patti Parks had an idea several years ago to harness music’s transformative power to help people who face severe challenges. WBFO Blues host Pat Feldballe spoke with Parks about blues music therapy.


Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Few people would expect to find a sprawling sculpture of a DNA-like structure in a public transit station.

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A group of disabled Western New Yorkers are among those who were arrested for protests in New York’s capitol on Tuesday afternoon.

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As the sky darkened into evening, names rang out in front of Old Erie County Hall. They were the names of those who have died in the area's opioids epidemic, read during a memorial to help their families deal with death.

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A new benchmark survey finds the use of telemedicine across Upstate New York very low, but the vast majority of those who have used it say they liked it.

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Local leaders in the medical community are keeping a watchful eye on state budget negotiations – particularly, approval of Governor Cuomo’s pitch for phase two of the Buffalo Billion initiative.

Just one month before the state budget is due, numerous interest groups are converging on the State Capitol, asking that they be included in the budget.


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Buffalo’s Common Council is throwing its support behind universal healthcare in New York. The council has chosen to back the passage of the New York Health Act, a bill calling for a single-payer healthcare system for all state residents.


A new health and wellness center is coming to Buffalo’s Jefferson Avenue Corridor.

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New York State is planning to close the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center, based in the Town of West Seneca, and move the young patients to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. Opponents of the idea, including several local state lawmakers, are urging the state's Mental Health Commissioner to meet and discuss what many believe is a bad idea.


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Young millennials are the worst-behaved drivers on the road, according to new data released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

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For the third year in a row, a bill is traveling through the New York legislature with the goal of creating a statewide single-payer healthcare system – more commonly known as ‘universal healthcare.’ Similar bills passed the state Assembly in 2015 and 2016, but failed to gain Senate approval. With the repeal of the Affordable Care Act on the horizon, advocates see this year’s attempt as more important than ever.

Loneliness can be bad for your health

Feb 14, 2017
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Here's something to ponder on this Valentine's Day. Loneliness can be bad for your health.

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The presence of radioactive waste in Niagara County may be more widespread than originally thought. That's the concern uncovered by Dan Telvock of Investigative Post. On WBFO's Press Pass, Telvock shares findings that highlight the troubling reality that property owners may be unaware of the presence of the radioactive waste.


BNMC

In recent years - the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has become "the place to be" for entrepreneurs and new companies.


Nick Lippa

The HarborCenter sported the color pink over the weekend.  It highlighted the work conducted by the Susan G. Komen Western New York affiliate.

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Advocates for people who have disabilities were in that state capital Monday to lobby for an increase in state aid for independent living centers.

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Supporters of medical marijuana have long argued pot can help alleviate many medical and health problems. However, pinpointing the exact benefits of marijuana has been elusive. A new UB study looks to answer those questions.


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The State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse has opened its cord blood bank, only the second facility of its kind in the state and the first outside New York City. Blood from umbilical cords is processed for stem cells, which can treat cancers and other diseases. The bank is open for public and private use.

ECMC

Increased activity helped Erie County Medical Center finish 2016 with strong results.


The use of an electric surgical device to perform a minimally invasive hysterectomy is what Frank Interlichia of Brighton, NY - and others in similar cases across the country - claim caused the death of their loved ones.

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