WBFO Health & Wellness Desk

Funded by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York

American Nurses Credentialing Center

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is beginning a long and rigorous process to attain one of the nation’s highest medical accreditations.


WNED-TV

A new documentary airing on WNED-TV and PBS stations across the country looks at the underlying causes and the impacts of America’s opioid problem. WBFO’s Avery Schneider sat down with the show’s writer and producer John Grant, to find out more about the making of the program.


Queen Mary University of London

With increasing numbers of higher-risk older pregnant women, there's a new test available for those concerned about Down syndrome.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

An Erie County legislator and candidate for New York State Assembly has introduced a proposal that, if passed, would ban smoking in a car while a child is inside the vehicle. Although Patrick Burke admits details must still be hammered out, his bill is already drawing the support of local cancer researchers and anti-smoking advocates.


Roswell Park gets 'facelift' for 120th anniversary

Jan 4, 2018
Roswell Park CCC

Roswell Park Cancer Institute has ushered in the new year with a new name, logo and mission statement. The CEO of what is now Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center says the rebranding focuses around the central principle and new tagline, "Unleashing the healing power of hope." This freshened-up identity also comes as the hospital prepares to celebrate its 120th anniversary with a series of activities throughout 2018. WBFO's Marian Hetherly talked about the changes with Roswell Park CEO Candace Johnson.

With slippery conditions on streets and sidewalks this season, it’s always a good idea to watch where you step. And in the City of Buffalo, you’re not the only one keeping an eye out.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

The next step in a Niagara Falls hospital’s plan to improve cardiac care is nearly complete, and it marks a major milestone for patients and staff.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A new rotating art exhibit is opening in Roswell Park Cancer Institute that, hospital officials say, offers yet another opportunity to provide therapy for patients as well as their families.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo is celebrating the overwhelming success of this year’s “Walking to Wellness” campaign. With help from people and organizations across Erie County, it exceeded its 50-million step goal.


United Health Foundation

A report ranking all 50 states on how they’re dealing with public health issues places New York at number 10 this year.


WBFO file image/Dept. of Veterans Affairs

For many, the holiday season brings depression and, in more severe cases, thoughts of suicide. This includes many veterans who, upon returning home from overseas tours, may be struggling to process their experiences as they a time of year that's expected to be festive. A professional who works in mental health with the Department Veterans Affairs in Buffalo offers pointers for recognizing when a veteran may be in need of help.

The Lockport and Newfane-based hospitals of the Eastern Niagara Health System will soon join the Kaleida Health family.


National Public Radio

Not feeling well? Maybe with a fever and a tummy that doesn't feel good? You may have joined this year's early flu season.

Douglas Levere / University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo is celebrating a milestone achievement with Tuesday morning’s grand opening of the new home of its medical school.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Close to 5,000 patients go to and from the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center each year using the CARExpress shuttle. The long-running service began through the support of a generous donor, and expanded on Monday with the help of another.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed legislation to keep the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center open in West Seneca.

Catholic Health

The official start of winter is just weeks away and, so far, Western New York has dodged any significant cold or snow. But that doesn’t mean area medical facilities aren’t expecting it and staying ready.


The Liberal government of Ontario has passed legislation that would make it illegal to hold protests near or outside abortion clinics. The ban will also protect health professionals and staff who provide abortion services at their homes.


Michael Mroziak / WBFO News

How can Western New York fix the lack of physical activity among its kids? Two local foundations are looking for your help finding the answer.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Expectant mothers in Niagara Falls are finding an improved model of prenatal care by monitoring their own health and sharing the experience of pregnancy.


Scott Sackett

Stories on television and at the movies that include people with disabilities are becoming more prevalent.  But recent studies have found that while the disabled account for nearly 20% of the U.S. population, roughly 2% of characters portrayed on television and in major U.S. films are disabled.  The studies also found that the majority of those roles are still going to able-bodied actors. As part of his series on the arts and social integration, Arts & Culture Desk reporter Scott Sackett visited with a playwright and theater director who, on the local scene, is giving disabled artists an audience and changing the public’s perceptions of disabled people.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A three-year, $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is coming to Erie County. The money will be used by the Erie County Health Department and its partners to address opioid misuse by a specific population: women of childbearing age.


Crisis Services

Crisis Services is settling in to its new home this week. After 30 years on Main St., near Hertel Ave., Buffalo and Erie County's only 24 hour crisis center outgrew its former space.

Khalid Terrell/WBFO News

Many smokers are  being put to the test today as the Great American Smokeout is staged throughout the country. The event challenges smokers to take an early step in kicking the habit.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Take a tour of the move from Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo to the new Oishei Children's Hospital in this photo gallery.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Mercy Flight is updating its helicopter fleet with three new Bell choppers and benefiting from Washington approval to fly in bad weather under what are called instrument flight rules.

National Public Radio

Following the mass shooting in a Texas church Sunday, some public comments essentially made mental illness the scapegoat for the tragedy. However, a local expert says that is harmful in many ways.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

"Move Day" began at 7 a.m. Friday for the staff and patients of Women & Children's Hospital, as they took the 1.2 mile journey to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and settle into their new home at the Oishei Children's Hospital. Follow this page for updates throughout the day.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

A new chapter is about to begin for Buffalo’s medical community, as staff at Women and Children’s Hospital close out 125 years of welcoming newborns into the world and treating sick kids. Plans to move to the new Oishei Children’s Hospital have been in the works for years, but as they come to fruition, hospital staff are having an emotional time saying good bye.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Friday morning marks the planned beginning of the move from Women and Children’s Hospital on Bryant Street to the new Oishei Children’s Hospital in the heart of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. In this historic move, there are many things patients, families, and the public at large need to know.


Pages