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A new mashup of 47 studies of diabetes and cancer covering more than 19 million patients finds a seriously higher risk of developing cancer among diabetics, especially type 2 diabetics. It also finds diabetic women are much more likely to develop cancer than diabetic men.

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The New York State Health Department took its cancer study into the field Tuesday night, to the Delavan-Grider Community Center - in the middle of Western New York's cancer hot zone.

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The Buffalo Psychiatric Center will be home to a new mental health service for youth that the state says is currently not available anywhere in New York.

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Public health officials are scurrying to gain a foothold on the opioid addiction crisis. The U.S. Surgeon General estimates 2.1 million Americans struggle with an opioid abuse disorder, creating a crush on treatment centers. Anne Constantino, president and CEO of Horizon Health Services, acknowledges the immensity of the challenge. She also sounds a hopeful note. "I see people getting better every day. I know the treatment works."


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A woman who escaped domestic violence and conquered alcoholism is sharing her story to offer hope for others. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Jillian James who says a women's shelter and food assistance saved her life.

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Why does part of the Buffalo area have high rates of cancer? That’s what state health officials are trying to figure out. WBFO’s Avery Schneider takes a closer look at how they’re handling the mystery of the cancer hotspot.


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Western New Yorkers marked the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by spotlighting a rather ironic lack of accessibility.


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Lockport Mayor Anne McCaffrey has been named president and chief executive officer at Eastern Niagara Hospital. The appointment comes as Kaleida is finalizing the process to become an "active parent" of ENH.

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After a year of celibacy, a 22-year-old gay man was allowed to donate his blood in Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the donor is trying to raise awareness of the FDA's longtime donation policy for gay and bisexual men, which he calls "antiquated."


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Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was in Buffalo Monday pushing for the Reproductive Health Act to be passed in Albany.

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Around 1 billion people routinely take an aspirin tablet to help prevent strokes and heart attacks. New research suggests one dosage doesn't fit all.

Health disparities put deaf community at risk

Jul 20, 2018

Deaf individuals are up to seven times as likely as their hearing peers to have heart disease, high blood pressure, and strokes. That's according to research from the RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf and the University of Michigan.

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The State Department of Health held a public meeting at the Buffalo Museum of Science Thursday night to discuss elevated rates of cancer along the Buffalo and Cheektowaga border. But many residents left the meeting with more questions than they came with.

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Buffalo is closing a suburban clinic and says it is now working with affected clients to find new arrangements.

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State health officials will visit Buffalo Thursday, seeking answers on what’s making a community in Western New York a cancer hotspot.

Soon to be seen around town, a blue "Herd of Hope"

Jul 16, 2018
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Nearly twenty years after a larger herd of bison statues popped up around town to raise cancer research funds, a herd of blue buffalo figures are being unleashed in a new campaign known as Herd of Hope. The campaign launched on Monday to coincide with "716 Day." 

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A local swim club working to increase swimming and water safety among Buffalo’s minority populations is continuing to grow, and is now doing it with the help of two foundations.


A new report from the state Department of Health says the potential benefits of legalizing marijuana for use by adults outweighs the potential risks. But there’s concern over public education if legalization goes forward.


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When St. Bonaventure University first-year students begin classes next month, it will be different in a very key way. They will be the first students in the Southern Tier school's major expansion into health sciences.

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Doctors from around the world are in Buffalo this week not to discuss medicine, but to play music. With some help from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, they performed music at Oishei Children’s Hospital for patients and parents. It’s part of the hospital’s Healing Arts Initiative which focuses on bringing performances and visual artworks into their facilities. WBFO’s Nick Lippa has more.


Erie County legislators will be asked Thursday to make some budget transfers to cover costs from the Hepatitis A rush vaccinations in February. Covering the costs of staff and vaccines meant a county Health Department account is $74,000 over budget, with half a year to go.

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D’Youville College in Buffalo is ready to embark on constructing a Health Professions HUB. D’Youville announced it is the recipient of a $5-million  HECap State grant.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the higher education grant will help kick off funding for the $20-million facility that will provide training to students in healthcare and include a community clinic for the undeserved.

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For 75 years, the state's Cancer Registry has been collecting detailed information about cancer among New Yorkers. The data has identified fours areas of the state where there are significantly elevated levels of certain cancers. Among those areas is Buffalo's East Side and adjacent western Cheektowaga.

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Across Western New York, farmers’ markets can be found in just about every community, and each one has its own style. In two Buffalo neighborhoods, markets cater to unique communities – ones without easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables.


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Vitamin D might seem like just another chemical on the long list of vitamins on the side of a multi-vitamin bottle. However, as University at Buffalo research suggests, it is a key chemical for living a long life.

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If you live in Grand Island, the City of Tonawanda or Town of Tonawanda, there's a chance you'll get a piece of mail from the University at Buffalo, asking you to participate in a survey. A long-awaited research project to measure how much Tonawanda Coke may have impacted public health through its emissions is geting underway.


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Erie County Medical Center and the Seneca Diabetes Foundation are partnering to improve health both in the Seneca Nation and across Western New York.

The New York State Health Department plans to make medical marijuana available to more New Yorkers. Opioid use will be the newest addition to the list of qualifying conditions under the state’s medical marijuana program.

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Help and happiness is arriving on an adorable set of wheels at Buffalo's Oishei Children's Hospital.

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Organizers report over 14,000 runners and walkers have registered for tonight's J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. According to race director Melina Buck, nearly 400 companies have organized teams for the annual event in Delaware Park. The race begins at 6:45 pm on Amherst Street near Nottingham. The race route runs south on Delaware Avenue to Gates Circle before returning to the finish line in Delaware Park.


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