WBFO Health & Wellness Desk

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Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Health officials working closely with an ongoing opioid addiction epidemic say the problem is not going away any time soon. But New York State is committing $213 million to help expand treatment, recovery and prevention programs with the hope the tide may soon turn.


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Have you gotten up and on your feet at work today? Many in the downtown Buffalo area who did took part in National Walk at Lunch Day. WBFO’s Avery Schneider joined them for a stroll.


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New York's mental health leaders are uniting to condemn psychological treatments designed to alter the sexual orientation of a minor.

In the ongoing debate over health care reform, what is the one thing that impacts Western New York the most? What will the local health care industry look like a year from now? The experts weigh in.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

When the only certainty in the debate over health care is uncertainty, how do we prepare for the future? That’s the key question being taken up by Western New York’s health care industry.

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An investigative report released by Reuters News shows the City of Buffalo to be one of the most at-risk cities in the nation for child exposure to lead. Such exposure is linked to hindered learning and behavioral development. While the city and Erie County are making progress, there are fears proposed federal budget cuts could set back prevention efforts.


The Food and Drug Administration says children under 12 should not be given prescription medicines that contain codeine or another narcotic, tramadol, and that such drugs can also be dangerous to youth between 12 and 18.

Even though Western New York is showing big improvement in this year’s ‘State of the Air’ report from the American Lung Association, the region still ranks poorly in nationwide assessments of air pollution.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

It was a project three years in the making, but the ribbon has been cut to open at a new state-of-the-art residential facility for young people dealing with behavioral health issues. Those attending the Tuesday ceremony to dedicate the new Baker Victory Services building in Lackawanna say it creates an atmosphere of hope which, in turn, increases the chances for positive outcomes.


Excellus fined $1M for multiple insurance violations

Apr 18, 2017
Excellus

The state Department of Financial Services has slapped Excellus Health Plans with a $1 million fine for multiple violations of New York insurance law.

NYS Department of Health

Only four in ten adults in Western and Central New York have completed a health care proxy form, based on the results of an online survey of 2,000 Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield subscribers from a 39-county region.

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It's been a busy week for the information technology department at Erie County Medical Center. Days after an online attack, they're restoring computer services to the hospital.


Chris Jacobs / New York State Senate

Western New York business leaders are praising the passage of workers’ compensation reforms in this year’s state budget.

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Some University at Buffalo medical students are spending their spring break this week learning about impoverished sections of the City of Buffalo. The Buffalo Community Immersion Program is sponsored by the UB Center for Medical Humanities. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley joined nearly a dozen students as they conducted a walking tour of an east side community.


African Heritage Food Co-op

Efforts to promote accessible and affordable food took center stage recently at an East Side community center as advocates highlighted what’s known as the People’s Food Movement.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

It's something that is inevitable. But to many people, talking about death, and preparing for it, is seen as a "taboo" topic. Even many doctors struggle to engage in conversations with patients about desired care right up to the moment when life ends. A conference will be held in downtown Buffalo Saturday that addresses the sensitive subject.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

In light of a recent spike in suspected opioid-related deaths in Erie County, an Erie County legislator is proposing an increase in funding to make treatment services more accessible to those who seek help but cannot afford it.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

An estimated 1800 to 1900 cardiovascular patients in Niagara County traveled to Erie County and beyond last year to seek the care they needed. Thanks to a newly opened cardiac catheterization lab, that number should drop significantly.


Western New York Mountain Bicycling Association

Bicycling was on the minds of many people Sunday as an event was staged that promoted the activity while raising money to maintain and create shared green space trails in Western New York.

Concerns about possible cuts in federal aid to Planned Parenthood have spurred some high-profile outreach efforts in recent days.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Erie and Niagara counties rank near the bottom of an organization's annual county health rankings for New York State.

Erie County "Safer Seniors" website goes online

Mar 28, 2017
Erie County Senior Services

A new web page has been put online by the Erie County Senior Services Department that offers ratings of nursing homes within the county. If the County Executive has his way, Safer Senior Homes will be just one of several measures enacted to further protect residents of local senior homes.


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The assault on a nurse at Buffalo Psychiatric Center Saturday afternoon has added new fuel to the debate over plans to close the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca. That plan, which would transfer young patients to the Forest Avenue facility, continues to draw fervent local opposition.


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Congressman Brian Higgins says the failure of a Republican-sponsored bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is a victory for the American people. The Buffalo Democrat says the GOP legislation would have benefited insurance companies rather than the people it was supposed to help.

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A local law to better protect seniors in nursing homes is being proposed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

The U.S. House of Representatives’ vote on the plan to replace the Affordable Care Act looms this evening, and some of New York’s representatives are still on the fence. New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul is hoping to change that.


Jeremiah Sullivan

Dr. Deepak Chopra has many titles – Doctor of Endocrinology, author, public speaker, and advocate for integrative medicine. Here’s how he uses that knowledge to deal with stress.


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The smoking rate among high school students across the state was the lowest on record in 2016, but state Health Department data singals a dramatic increase in e-cigarette use.

Numerous studies have shown that starting the day with breakfast has a positive influence for students. The federal government funds a program that allows income-eligible students to eat that first meal of the day at school, but less than one third of those who qualify for the program in New York State take advantage of it.

Allegany State Park

As concerns about changes in federal environmental policies continue to garner headlines, advocates sponsored an “Earth Rally” Saturday at Allegany State Park.

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