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A new campaign is underway by Mental Health PEER Connection to help more people recover from opioids and other addictive substances.

University at Buffalo

Spring forward, fall back. We all know what the phrase means. Early Sunday, we’ll set our clocks back one hour as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end.

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Being a victim of domestic violence is challenging enough, but fighting it through the court system can sometimes add unwanted stress to the situation. An agency in Erie County is helping victims fight for the justice and protection they need while spending minimal time in the courtroom.


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The City of Buffalo welcomed experts from the bioscience, pharmaceutical, and medical technology communities this week for the annual MedTech Conference. It’s an opportunity for them to harness the power of partnership and turn an eye towards the future.

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The City of Buffalo is known to have thousands of houses with lead paint, on their inside walls, window frames or on their exteriors. A group of local foundations is putting the finishing touches on a report that will better define where the problem of lead poisoning risk is more prominent.


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Domestic violence advocacy groups are getting a financial boost by way of grants from the State of New York.


New York State Department of Health

A new State Health Department study is looking to determine why Western New York is one of the worst regions in New York for cancer and what can be done about it.

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New Yorkers who use e-cigarettes will have to comply with the same limits on smoking cigarettes in public, now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill into law.


Douglas Levere / University at Buffalo

A Buffalo-based startup is showing strong progress in developing a new and effective cancer treatment. Now it’s time for them to take the leap into human testing.

National Public Radio

It is not unusual for a cancer patient to also have a heart problem, as many forms of chemotherapy can damage the heart. However, around the world, there has been a rapid increase in changes in the way a patient is treated when doctors find both problems.

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In just over three weeks, the new Oishei Children’s Hospital at the Buffalo Niagara Medical campus will open to the public. From the moment patients and staff walk in, it’s going to be evident that the new state-of-the-art hospital was designed with families in mind.


New York State

The fallout continues from President Donald Trump’s decision to end subsidies to health insurance companies to help lower-income Americans pay for their health insurance. But it’s still unclear what the exact impact will be in New York.


University at Buffalo

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.

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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.


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


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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.

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