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With modern medicine creating drugs that can be misused for addiction, and opioid drugs for medical care sometimes leading to addiction, many health-related professions are looking hard at prescriptions, prescribing practices and education.

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is going to court to fight President Donald Trump’s decision to end subsidies for low-income Americans who get their health care through the Affordable Care Act health exchanges.


Erie County Medical Center

Therapy animals are being used more and more with children and adults dealing with stressful medical issues.

Investigative Post's Dan Tevlock

Sen. Charles Schumer was in Lewiston Monday, calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to resume cleanup of radioactive waste sites in Lewiston and Niagara Falls. Schumer said the EPA must continue to work with local community leaders and residents to develop a full remediation plan to clean up the affected properties.

Karen DeWitt

People who say the terminally ill should have a legal option to end their lives with medical aid presented petitions to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, asking that he and the Legislature make that change.


Kaleida Health

For years, DeGraff Memorial Hospital faced an uncertain future. On Wednesday, a groundbreaking ceremony was held there to mark the start of an $8 million expansion that will double the size of its emergency department and, as hospital officials made clear, erase any worries about the North Tonawanda-based medical center's fate.


Tens of thousands of Buffalo-area patients must now make new arrangements for their health care. Lifetime Health Medical Group is announcing the shutdown of three local centers by the end of the year. 

The New York State Department of Health has confirmed that an Erie County resident has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The ribbon was cut Thursday night at the UBMD Outpatient Center at Conventus, bringing another new facility to the growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

National Public Radio

A new state grant will help the University at Buffalo train physicians and nurses on how to medically treat people who are addicted to opioids.

The latest version of a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is now dead in Congress, but New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo remains worried about another potential cut in federal funds to hospitals that he said would blow a hole in the state budget.


Daemen College

Daemen College is launching a new athletics program that provides people with disabilities weekly opportunities to experience the excitement and camaraderie of sports.

The free program is not about wins and losses as much as it is about having fun, exercising and fostering sportsmanship, said Daemen Athletics Director Bridget Niland.

Chris Caya

A small protest was staged Friday in downtown Buffalo where protestors rallied against a plan to abolish the Affordable Care Act.

The event took place outside the Federal Building at 130 South Elmwood.

Protestors expressed concern about the impact that a Republican-sponsored plan in the U.S. Senate would have on low-income families and workers. The warned that proposed changes could put about 20 million Americans in danger.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

How do you get to a new hospital? Practice, practice, practice. That’s exactly what the staff at Women and Children’s Hospital did Friday morning to prepare for the move to their new home.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

A new integrated medical facility is serving thousands of Buffalo-area residents by building a community based around health care.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Erie County District Attorney is interested in bringing a program to Buffalo that gives law enforcers the option to assist individuals committing low-level drug-related offenses an opportunity to seek help, while avoiding arrest. On Wednesday, DA John Flynn and other local authorities heard information from peers in Albany, one of only three cities in the nation that have what is known as LEAD.


Catholic Health

Joseph McDonald has lead the hospitals and institutions of Catholic Health for the last 15 years, overseeing the challenges of a budding organization, operating in a region overflowing with competition, and building a team that is ready for the uncertain future of American health care. On Tuesday, McDonald announced his retirement and WBFO's Avery Schneider spoke with him about his long tenure and what lies ahead for Catholic Health.


While the numbers make it clear that an opioid epidemic is raging across the United States, the origins of that epidemic are subject to debate. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman - and 40 of his fellow state attorneys general - want to fully explore the role played by four major manufacturers of prescription opioids.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Dozens of people currently in drug court or on probation gathered in Lackawanna Monday, where they heard firsthand accounts from people who are also battling an ongoing opioid crisis on the front lines, as the prosecutors, survivors of loved ones of those who succumbed to addiction.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

An innovative new program is helping those who care for young, critically ill patients express themselves and help others understand their struggles.

Lynne Bader / WNED-TV

Most people have heard of PTSD. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health problem that can develop after witnessing a life-threatening event.

Lesser known is PTG. While recording the oral histories of local Vietnam War veterans, a University at Buffalo researcher found that post-traumatic growth can exist at the same time as PTSD. Marian Hetherly explains as part of WNED|WBFO's "Our Vietnam Voices" series.


New York State

It is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year, yet many people have no idea what sepsis is. That is why the Rory Staunton Foundation and New York State Education Department have created a first-in-the-nation sepsis prevention curriculum that is available to health educators across the state.

Michael Mroziak/WBFO

A team effort to encourage more youth participation in sports is expanding and going nationwide. And one of the institutions that helped roll out a plan at the Western New York level earlier this year is joining more partners on the national project.


Erie County Family Court

Having enough people to foster each child in need has been a longtime problem, complicated by couples who both work. In fact, earlier this year Erie County ran out of foster parents, forcing kids to move as far as Jamestown to a new family who could care for them.

The City of Toronto has fast tracked the opening of three supervised safe injection sites, and at least one interim site has already opened. As Dan Karpenchuk reports, the time line appears to have been ramped up after a harm reduction group opened its own supervised injection site in response to the opioid crisis.


Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Around 600 people turned out on Thursday evening for a town hall meeting with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in Buffalo State's Rockwell Hall. The large audience appeared to agree with her on most issues.


WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

You might not expect to find a therapeutic dance program occurring in the middle of an art center. But that's exactly what's taking place each Wednesday morning, now through December, at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us how the Art Moves Me dance program is helping people with Parkinson's disease. 

Buffalo.edu

A disease outbreak from flood waters in Texas is not likely. That's according to University at Buffalo Environmental Engineering Professor James Jensen, who gained expertise in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.


CDC.Gov

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s health commissioner received a grilling from state senators at a hearing this week on whether New York is doing enough to combat tick-borne illnesses.


This summer, Netflix started controversy by releasing the film, To The Bone. In the movie, the main characters suffers from an eating disorder, and this sparked debate. Some people said the movie glorifies eating disorders, while others believe the movie is a great way to get people talking and spreading awareness.


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