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Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo is working to diagnose what may be case of a rare polio-like disease. WBFO’s Avery Schneider has more.


Erie County is continuing to respond to this year’s rise in Hepatitis A cases with an immunization clinic in Buffalo.

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Erie County’s effort to combat opioid addiction and overdose is on track to get a more than $3.4 million boost from the federal government.


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October is Bullying Prevention Month across the country, and a new project is working to help children learn to stop bullying before it begins in Western New York


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The latest public listening session on a regulated adult-use marijuana program in New York drew scores of people to Cheektowaga Wednesday night. For more than two hours, the floor was yielded to members of the community who largely spoke out about the pros and cons of marijuana for medical use.


Wednesday night marks the latest in a series of “listening sessions” on regulated marijuana in New York State, and it’s taking place in Western New York.


As Erie County health officials find hope in signs of a decline in opioid-related deaths, one of the key methods of combating the epidemic continues to be trained – identifying the signs of overdose and learning how to reverse it. And for every reason out there to train, it all comes down to wanting to save a life.


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Four new cases of Hepatitis A stemming from a local pizzeria mark the latest in a significant increase of the virus in Erie County. Officials are recommending any resident without a complete series of Hepatitis A vaccinations get fully immunized.

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A new national Data Management and Resource-Sharing Center to fight cancer is being established on the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus. Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center has been awarded $6.28 million for the project from the Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

The truth about flavored e-cigarettes focus of $19M study

Sep 24, 2018
National Public Radio

What role does flavor play in e-cigarettes? How does it impact our health and our behavior? Those are a couple of the questions researchers at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and University of Rochester Medical Center will be investigating over the next five years thanks to a $19 million federal grant.

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Many of Buffalo’s East Side neighborhoods have long been considered food deserts, with little or no access to fresh fruits and vegetables. But an ongoing community initiative is working to change the corner store into an oasis of healthy options.


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First and second year medical students at the University at Buffalo were part of a panel discussion on the future of their industry on Wednesday, and the outlook is positive.


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The University at Buffalo says many minorities have trouble establishing trust with their doctors. In an attempt to better understand why, UB medical students and faculty talked health care over dinner with some East Side residents.

The Arc Erie County New York

Downtown social services agency The Arc Erie County is moving its administrative offices out of Buffalo and beefing up its services offered in the city for individuals with disabilities.

National Public Radio

A new study from the University at Buffalo shows that walking more can significantly lower the risk of heart failure in older women. UB Research Associate Professor of Epidemiology and lead author of the study Michael LaMonte said they now have scientific evidence physical activity benefits two heart failure subtypes.

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Fundraising for the nation’s first monument to honor African American veterans across all U.S. conflicts is getting a boost from Catholic Health, and the company’s employees are being recognized the process.


Nexium

A new report from the New York Public Interest Research Group finds the cost of prescription drugs can vary widely among pharmacies, even within the same region.

University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo’s School of Social Work is just a year away from launching a new doctoral degree program. But unlike its longstanding PhD program, the new degree will be taught fully online.

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Local hospitals are in the midst of a blood shortage, but collections are under way to fill the need.


National Cancer Institute

Patients with late-stage melanoma have a better chance of a longer life, with new drugs that are moving from clinical trials with some patients potentially to much larger groups of patients.

Lancaster Ambulance

The Town and Village of Alden are looking for a permanent solution to the need for ambulance service - and this week appeals to Albany for help.

Ogorek Wealth Management

The head of a Williamsville-based financial planning company says while state investment in new buildings is fine, it's missing out on a badly-needed resource in Buffalo: more doctors. Anthony Ogorek, in a conversation with WBFO, suggested there are far better uses for state dollars to revitalize Western New York's economy than riskier ventures such as the Tesla plant.

The figures associated with the opioid crisis continue to stagger. According to the National Safety Council, Erie County has experienced a 192-percent jump in the number of deaths due to opioid overdoses over the last six years. To highlight their sense of urgency, Council officials have brought a traveling memorial to Canalside this week.

Alyn Syms

Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Member and composer Alyn Syms is known for playing with Rick James and leading his own group, but for almost a decade he has quietly been performing for patients at Roswell Park. His newest project "Cyrano" is based on the time he's spent playing there. Syms shared some of his experiences at the cancer institute with WBFO's Nick Lippa .


New York State Department of Health

New York State now prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning booths. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law on Thursday following passage by the Legislature earlier this year.

U.S. News & World Report

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center has moved up three spots to number 30 on the latest U.S. News and World Report annual ranking of best cancer hospitals nationwide.

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network has released its latest progress report on how states are doing when it comes to passing and implementing policies and legislation to prevent cancer. "How Do You Measure Up?" gave New York generally good grades.

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In between the rides and attractions, you can easily spend your time eating from one end of the Erie County Fair to the other. But can you do it in a healthy way? This year’s fair offers some good options.


Photo from UB's power point.

With all the controversy and debate surrounding concussions and CTE for those playing contact sports, there are some surprising results from a UB study.  WBFO' senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the new report is claiming the CTE risk is not as prevalent as once thought.  

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A new system is up and running to help minimize the wait times in the Emergency Department at some local hospitals.

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