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The Governor’s Cancer Research Initiative is out with its findings on why residents along the Buffalo-Cheektowaga border have a higher incidence of six cancers, compared to the rest of New York State. Its recommendations, however, are generic for cancer prevention overall.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made two big announcements improving the quality of New York's drinking water - and environmental advocates are applauding the actions.

A Brooklyn judge has sided with New York health officials to uphold a mandatory measles vaccinations order, dismissing a lawsuit from a group of parents who claimed the city had overstepped its authority.

THC vs. CBD: Cannabis-based products explained

Dec 21, 2018
National Public Radio

Medical marijuana is offering relief to thousands of New Yorkers suffering from a range of serious ailments, from addiction and chronic pain to Parkinson's and PTSD, but how well do you know your weed? Cannabis products can also have vastly different effects - good and bad. WBFO's Marian Hetherly concludes our special series, "The Path to Pot."


The former head of CCS Oncology has been charged with "gross negligence and incompetence" by the New York State Health Department in the treatment of seven patients, including six who died.

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New York State's Health Department is launching a pilot program expanding Medicaid coverage to doula services in an effort to reduce childbirth complications for women and babies.

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The troubled Emerald South nursing home on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo is being closed after a series of problems, including the June 4 death of a patient. The long and tangled process to move as many residents into the Emerald North facility is in the works.

Heat advisory Monday

Jun 18, 2018
National Public Radio

The National Weather Service has issued a ‘heat advisory’ for much of  Upstate New York on Monday. That advisory runs from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and includes Northern Erie, Niagara, Genesee and Orleans counties.

Niagara Falls Mayor's Office

Thursday should be the day a major water main break in Niagara Falls is finally fixed.

Governor's office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has laid out a plan to solve a grim mystery in New York State. Cuomo says scientists and health researchers will spend the next year trying to find out why cancer rates are so much higher in some areas.

The New York State Department of Health has confirmed that an Erie County resident has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus.

NYS authorizes 5 more marijuana dispensaries

Aug 2, 2017

New York State has authorized five more organizations to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana to improve patient access to dispensing facilities across the state.

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The Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will be receiving more than $40,000 through a training grant from the New York State Department of Health.

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A second case of rabies in Western New York this year has been identified.

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The success of drug drop off programs in the City of Lockport has led to the permanent installation of a drop off box.

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The New York Department of Health issued new regulations Tuesday that stiffen penalties for the sale or possession of synthetic drugs.

Flanked by a prop sporting packets of synthetic drugs with names like “Snow Leopard,” “Zoom” and “Vanilla Sky,” Governor Andrew Cuomo deemed the substances “poison” during a Buffalo press conference.

State Health Dept. fines, censures Corasanti

Aug 7, 2012
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The New York State Department of Health Monday censured Dr. James Corasanti in the wake of his guilty verdict in May to common law DWI in the July 2011 crash that killed 18-year-old Alexandria Rice.

Dr. Corasanti was censured, fined $10,000, and placed on probation for five years. Corasanti, 56, can only practice medicine when supervised by a licensed physician.

He must also participate in sobriety screenings, enroll in an ethics program, and attend therapy sessions.

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Niagara County's Emergency Preparedness Program has received a perfect score in state performance reviews.

 The county's program has received exceptional scores for three consecutive years, including reviews by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The New York State Department of Health reviewed the program this year.