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A block party, including a scheduled tightrope walk by acclaimed high wire artist Nik Wallenda, was to be held Thursday afternoon in the Buffalo neighborhood where D'Youville College was opening its Health Professions Hub, a 59,000-square-foot facility that will serve patients in the near community while training students for entry into the workforce. Those opening the Hub say the needs to aid local patients and create more health care jobs are great.

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A first-in-the-region research laboratory is now open in Buffalo’s Medical Campus, and aims to help better understand health and disease. 

The first results from a large efficacy study of a new kind of COVID-19 vaccine are now out, and they are good. Very good.

According to Novavax, the vaccine's manufacturer, it had a 100% efficacy against the original strain of the coronavirus and 93% efficacy against more worrisome variants that have subsequently appeared.

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There is a new prostate cancer treatment for patients who have used up all of their alternatives.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that New York state’s 7-day COVID-19 average positivity rate was at 0.42% as of Saturday, the lowest rate in the country, tied with Massachusetts.

Locally and across the country, COVID infection rates are dwindling. It's welcomed news, but health officials remain concerned about the spread of a variant that has emerged from India. The variant, which has been named "Delta," is widespread in the United Kingdom, says Dr. Nancy Nielsen, the Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy at the University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. "It's already responsible for six percent of the cases in the U.S."

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A top sticking point for the New York Health Act, which would create a universal, single-payer health care system in New York, is opposition from public sector labor leaders over how it would change coverage for their members, a key lawmaker said Monday.

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Hours after Gov. Andrew Cuomo eased mask rules, protesters were along Walden Avenue outside the Galleria Mall in Cheektowaga protesting masks.

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Health officials have launched a statewide campaign called "It’s Not Just," which highlights the way the tobacco industry aggressively targets African American communities.

Catholic Health has announced the opening of its Sisters Health Center D'Youville.

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Earlier this month, a downtown Buffalo clinic began administering a treatment for Human Immunodeficiency Virus that replaces a daily diet of pills with a monthly pair of injections. Cabenuva's path to approval by the Food and Drug Administration earlier this year passed through Buffalo.

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As New York State eases mask wearing guidelines for people vaccinated for COVID, the public is increasingly eager to move on from the pandemic. For most, this will happen. But for many who suffered the effects of coronavirus during the pandemic, they continue to endure health complications months later. And health experts are concerned some will face potential serious problems down the road.

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On Wednesday, new guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were put into action by New York State, allowing vaccinated individuals to access some public spaces without masking. But many have asked: what does this mean for immunocompromised individuals and people with disabilities?

Mask requirements are continuing to ease across New York State for those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Still,  some are questioning the policy while COVID infections remain prevalent. "About 95 million Americans are fully immunized (against COVID-19) right now. About 9,200 cases of breakthrough infection have been reported.," said Dr. Nancy Nielsen, Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy at UB's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. That puts the infection rate for those vaccinated at .01 percent. "That's really important and should reassure us that if we get vaccinated, we should be good to go."

Two major supermarket chains are easing their mask requirements in connection with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York state.

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The long fight against COVID is more and more becoming a debate about when to wear or not wear a mask.

The Philippines' Health Department says it will no longer allow local governments to announce which brand of coronavirus vaccines will be available at inoculation sites.

The move comes after hundreds of people this week lined up at a site in Manila when they found out the Pfizer vaccine would be given out there.

As more states shed their universal mask mandates for those who are vaccinated, many Americans are weighing how much faith to put in the new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in the integrity of their unvaccinated peers, who are supposed to follow the rules and keep wearing masks.

Texas government entities are no longer allowed to mandate masks, Gov. Greg Abbott announced in an executive order on Tuesday.

The restriction bans counties, cities, school districts, public health authorities and government officials from requiring mask-wearing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Government entities that don't adhere to this new restriction will be subject to a $1,000 fine.

With much of Japan in a renewed state of emergency due to a spike in coronavirus infections, a group representing some 6,000 primary care physicians in Tokyo has called for the Summer Games to be canceled.

In an open letter to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga published Monday on its website, the Tokyo Medical Practitioners Association says hospitals "have their hands full" and have almost no capacity left to deal with a possible outbreak triggered by the massive international event.

Some of the boldest reform experiments underway in the wake of the national reckoning on police violence and systemic racism following George Floyd's murder are pilot projects in Denver, San Francisco, Portland, Ore., and elsewhere.

On the sidewalk outside Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Alexandria, Va., Rhea and Mark Woodcock wait for their turn to go inside for their weekly ice cream treat — a scoop of Texas Sheet Cake for her, a scoop of Gooey Butter Cake for him.

The Woodcocks are vaccinated, and they're also wearing masks, abiding by the MASKS MANDATORY signs plastered all over the doors.


If you are an American, you may suffer from chronic pain and probably know someone who does. New research looking at a pool of 441,000 people who responded to a national survey in 2002-2018, saw 10 million more Americans saying they suffered from chronic pain.

The end of this pandemic sometimes gets boiled down to two words: herd immunity. But now, as an academic debate swirls over when or even if America can get to a high enough percentage of people with immunity to reach that goal, some scientists say it's time for the public to stop worrying about it.

The University of Rochester Medical Center is joining a national clinical trial that will study the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant women and their babies.

MONTREAL — With just over 3% of Canadians fully inoculated against COVID-19, a growing number of America's northern border states and communities have stepped up to offer excess vaccines to Canadians.

Truck driver John Harrower was on the road last month when he heard on the radio that North Dakota had agreed to vaccinate truckers from his home province of Manitoba.

Updated May 17, 2021 at 5:38 PM ET

President Biden on Monday announced his intention to ship surplus doses of the coronavirus vaccine to needy nations abroad, including millions of doses of the U.S.-authorized Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The majority of the planned shipments will be of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which does not yet have authorization for use in the United States.

Eloise LaCour clutches her dolly as a nurse takes her blood pressure, then swabs the 3-year-old's delicate arm with alcohol.

"Tickle tickle," says Eloise's mom, Angelica LaCour. She's trying to get a smile. "Mommy's going to hug you, OK?"

A Stanford University nurse carefully gives the little girl her shot. Eloise is one of 144 children in the country who are part of a Phase 1 clinical trial to test Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines in the most adorable of study cohorts — those 5 and younger.

The price of lumber has more than doubled over the past year, and economists warn that things might stay this way for a while. That's why people like Hans Dow are getting crafty.

"I was like, well, I want a sawmill. I can make a lot of stuff with it. I also need to learn how to weld ...," Dow says as he hefts a 9-foot log onto the deck of his hand-built sawmill. It sits in the corner of his South Anchorage, Alaska, backyard.

Marcus Robinson wanted to follow the older brother he idolizes into military life. He also needed the Army benefits to help pay for college. "I had to do it because I didn't want my parents to worry about paying for school," the 18-year-old says.

But last year — midway through his senior year of high school — Robinson tipped the scales at 240 pounds, making him too heavy to qualify under the U.S. Army's fitness standards.