Health

Sandy White WBFO

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the chances of breaking your hip go up as you age. As Sandy White reports for the WBFO Seniors News Desk, there are ways to prevent such an occurrence and stay strong.


Buffalo residents enjoy many things, but hitting the gym isn’t necessarily one of them.

In Prince George's County, Md., every first responder carries naloxone, the drug that can reverse an opioid overdose.

"We carry it in our first-in bags," says Bryan Spies, the county's battalion chief in charge of emergency services. "So whenever we arrive at a patient's side, it's in the bag, along with things like glucose, aspirin and oxygen."

courtesy Erie County Medicaid Inspector General

Nearly a third of Erie County residents are on Medicaid and the number is rising at an average 4 percent annually, according to the latest numbers from the County's Medicaid Inspector General. The report also shows numbers that contradict what the Inspector General says are some of the misconceptions about Medicaid and who is using it.


Ken-Ton School District makes teacher cuts

Mar 19, 2016
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Many teachers in the Kenmore- Town of Tonawanda public school district are learning they may not be returning for the 2016-2017 school year.

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Toronto (CP) — Chief Medical Officer of Health Doctor David Williams says a person who travelled to Colombia has tested positive for the Zika virus.

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When the University at Buffalo became a clinical center that focused on examining and preventing major illnesses among women over 50 years of age back in the early 1990s, it was one of only 16 centers in the country.

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Leaders from state, education, and the healthcare industry announced the addition of $1.3 million to funding for the Buffalo Public Schools’ health related programs, Thursday morning.

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New York State's acting health commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, marked the start of National Public Health Week on Monday by kicking off a statewide tour in Buffalo.

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It gives a troubling twist to the cliche "don't let the bed bugs bite." A national pest control company has found that Buffalo is 26th in the nation for the number of treatments provided to battle bed bug infestation.

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220,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield subscribers in Western New York will soon receive a “Blue Box” filled with two-for-one dining cards.

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It's that time of year when people resolve to become healthier.  The January issue of Buffalo Spree has 31 health tips and strategies that are good for you.

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The Buffalo Bills and Independent Health have teamed up for an initiative that challenges Western New Yorkers to adopt healthier lifestyles.

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In light of recent flood causing weather conditions in parts of western New York the Erie County Department of Health is reminding people to be aware of health and safety risks when cleaning up their flooded basement.

Mobile app aims to lower hospital readmission rates

May 15, 2013
University at Buffalo / From left to right in this picture are: Dapeng Cao, Nicolette McGeorge, Theresa Guarrera, Yuan Zhou, David LaVergne, Sabrina Casucci, Judith Tiferes Wang, and Dr. Li Lin.

A new mobile app is expected to help improve the quality of patient care across the nation. A team of University at Buffalo students created it to help reduce hospital readmission rates.

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Good For You, a radio forum presented by WBFO/AM 970 and BlueCross BlueShield of WNY, examines ways to improve the quality of health care, while lowering costs.   

Four local health care experts gathered before a live audience in the WNED studios.  The panel included:

Dr. Andrea Manyon, A Primary Care Physician and Associate Dean of Student Affairs, U-B School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and Clinical Chief of Family Medicine for Kaleida Health System

Karen Blount, an RN and Vice President of Healthcare Services for BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York

Forum discusses how to make food system better

Feb 29, 2012
photo by Michael Mroziak

Our food system has changed more in the past 40 years than in the past 400-thousand.  That was just one of the comments made during a panel discussion on problems surrounding the production and distribution of food to American tables.

Over the past 40 years, farms have consolidated.  Farm subsidies often determine both the type and the amount of food to be produced.  Improved transportation allows food to be further distributed, but often times people living in lower-income neighborhoods don't necessarily have quick access to healthier choices.

New state law covers Chemo treatments equally

Jan 11, 2012

With the new year came a new state law benefiting cancer patients across New York.  The law requires health insurance plans to cover chemotherapy, no matter how the treatment is administered. 

Newer oral chemo pills must now be covered "no less favorably" than traditional intravenous treatments

"I was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia, which is abbreviated CML, in January of 2009," said Bonstein.