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Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

The campaign is called “Building on the Tradition of Quality Care.”  The goal: to try to snare state funding that would finance upgrades at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

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The debate is back on over whether the City of Lockport should keep current private ambulance services or return to a city-owned operation. This weekend, residents will have a chance to weigh in.

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We all know the power music can have over us. A certain melody or a song can instantly transport us to another place and time and have a real effect on our mood. Buffalo blues musician Patti Parks had an idea several years ago to harness music’s transformative power to help people who face severe challenges. WBFO Blues host Pat Feldballe spoke with Parks about blues music therapy.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Few people would expect to find a sprawling sculpture of a DNA-like structure in a public transit station.

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A group of disabled Western New Yorkers are among those who were arrested for protests in New York’s capitol on Tuesday afternoon.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

As the sky darkened into evening, names rang out in front of Old Erie County Hall. They were the names of those who have died in the area's opioids epidemic, read during a memorial to help their families deal with death.

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A new benchmark survey finds the use of telemedicine across Upstate New York very low, but the vast majority of those who have used it say they liked it.

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Local leaders in the medical community are keeping a watchful eye on state budget negotiations – particularly, approval of Governor Cuomo’s pitch for phase two of the Buffalo Billion initiative.

Just one month before the state budget is due, numerous interest groups are converging on the State Capitol, asking that they be included in the budget.

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Buffalo’s Common Council is throwing its support behind universal healthcare in New York. The council has chosen to back the passage of the New York Health Act, a bill calling for a single-payer healthcare system for all state residents.

A new health and wellness center is coming to Buffalo’s Jefferson Avenue Corridor.

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New York State is planning to close the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center, based in the Town of West Seneca, and move the young patients to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. Opponents of the idea, including several local state lawmakers, are urging the state's Mental Health Commissioner to meet and discuss what many believe is a bad idea.


Young millennials are the worst-behaved drivers on the road, according to new data released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

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For the third year in a row, a bill is traveling through the New York legislature with the goal of creating a statewide single-payer healthcare system – more commonly known as ‘universal healthcare.’ Similar bills passed the state Assembly in 2015 and 2016, but failed to gain Senate approval. With the repeal of the Affordable Care Act on the horizon, advocates see this year’s attempt as more important than ever.

Loneliness can be bad for your health

Feb 14, 2017
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Here's something to ponder on this Valentine's Day. Loneliness can be bad for your health.

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The presence of radioactive waste in Niagara County may be more widespread than originally thought. That's the concern uncovered by Dan Telvock of Investigative Post. On WBFO's Press Pass, Telvock shares findings that highlight the troubling reality that property owners may be unaware of the presence of the radioactive waste.


In recent years - the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has become "the place to be" for entrepreneurs and new companies.

Nick Lippa

The HarborCenter sported the color pink over the weekend.  It highlighted the work conducted by the Susan G. Komen Western New York affiliate.

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Advocates for people who have disabilities were in that state capital Monday to lobby for an increase in state aid for independent living centers.

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Supporters of medical marijuana have long argued pot can help alleviate many medical and health problems. However, pinpointing the exact benefits of marijuana has been elusive. A new UB study looks to answer those questions.

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The State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse has opened its cord blood bank, only the second facility of its kind in the state and the first outside New York City. Blood from umbilical cords is processed for stem cells, which can treat cancers and other diseases. The bank is open for public and private use.


Increased activity helped Erie County Medical Center finish 2016 with strong results.

The use of an electric surgical device to perform a minimally invasive hysterectomy is what Frank Interlichia of Brighton, NY - and others in similar cases across the country - claim caused the death of their loved ones.

John Raymond was about to sell his home in Lewiston until Environmental Protection Agency officials showed up last spring armed with radiation detectors.

Health leaders call for elimination of Hep C

Feb 8, 2017
National Public Radio

Organizers of New York's first-ever Hepatitis C summit are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to wipe out Hepatitis C in the state.

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Later this week, the Niagara River Greenway Commission is expected to approve a $900,000 grant for the conversion of Grand Island's West River Parkway into a bike path and pedestrian trail. 

Advocates insist the project will expand recreation opportunities, promote good health and improve quality of life.

As state officials move forward with plans to eventually shut down the island's highway-speed road, opponents continue to raise traffic and safety concerns for other roadways.


The city of Toronto is moving to address an opioid crisis that is crossing Canada. In the United States, it has already been described as the greatest drug crisis in American history, fueled by opioids like fentanyl. Across the continent, thousands of people are dying from overdoses. Recently in Vancouver, the city had the equivalent of nearly 130 overdose deaths in one month, the equivalent of four a day. That prompted the city's mayor to issue a warning to his counterpart in Toronto.

NYS Health Exchange sees 28% enrollment increase

Feb 6, 2017
New York State

The window to sign up for health insurance through the New York state Marketplace has come and gone, but the marketplace was busier than ever even though there are lots of questions about what may happen to the current health care system.

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If you plan to feast on finger foods this Sunday, you’re not alone. The Super Bowl will spur millions of viewing parties as guests share their favorite snacks, including an estimated 1.3 billion chicken wings.

As the death toll from opioid overdoses continues to rise, Erie County is hitting back with a lawsuit against pharmaceutical makers and doctors who prescribe the drugs. The suit alleges they helped fuel the opioids epidemic, by spreading the falsehood that the medications aren't addictive and potentially lethal.