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Two cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, have been reported at Jamestown High School.

Erie County Health Department officials are probing an apparent bedbug infestation that has stopped the driver education program at Clarence High School. In a letter sent to parents, the school said it has canceled the program for the semester because the cars used for driver training were infested.

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Lisa Maria Cruz has schizoaffective disorder and bipolar schizophrenia with a mood disorder. At the age of 31, Cruz started doing a form of Buddhist chanting which she says changed her life. As part of WBFO’s Mental Health initiative, Cruz talked to reporter Nick Lippa about how chanting impacts her on a day-to-day basis.

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John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital announced Wednesday some new visitation policies in the wake of a severe flu season that has already claimed the life of a local child. The policy limits the number of visitors who can visit and measures to prevent the spread of viral illnesses.

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A lot of companies offer a guarantee, but a hospital? Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has unveiled its new seven-day guarantee.

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Families and staff in the Frontier Central School District are mourning the death of a student.

Schools Superintendent Richard Hughes announced the death of 11-year-old Luca Callani on the district website. Hughes said Calanni passed away Saturday after complications of the flu and was a student at Pinehurst Elementary in Lakeview.

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A judge has blocked New York State from enforcing an executive order banning flavored vaping products, but advocates say they will continue to lobby the state legislature to prevent sales.

Cancer death rates in the United States took their sharpest drop on record between 2016 and 2017, according to an analysis by the American Cancer Society.

Cancer death rates in the U.S. have been falling gradually for about three decades, typically about 1.5% a year. But during the latest study period, the cancer mortality rate dropped 2.2%, "the biggest single-year drop ever," says Rebecca Siegel, scientific director for surveillance research at the cancer society.

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New York's health care system is very expensive and doesn't deliver good hospital care. That's according to the New York Public Interest Research Group in a report called "Code Blue: New York Hospitals' Poor Quality Performance."

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Hepatitis is an increasing health problem in Western New York, but the health care system is pushing back with vaccines, cures and information.

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Kaleida Health is putting the five-story tower of DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda up for sale.

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The amount of Baby Boomers already in or entering retirement age continues to grow in Western New York, which makes providing programs for them imperative.

Staying healthy is one of our greatest personal challenges. We're bombarded with marketing for medications and dietary supplements. And it can be very confusing, especially for the elderly. WBFO's older adults news desk reached out to Dr. Jerrold Winter for some context. He's a professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the University at Buffalo and the author of several books on drugs and supplements.

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During this holiday season, many are enjoying family, friends and the joy of the time. A University at Buffalo doctor is going into an area many are fleeing and doing good.

As part of WBFO's Mental Health Initiative, reporter Nick Lippa, Mental Health Counselor Erin M. Moss, and Caregiver Linda Mallia from the National Alliance on Mental Illness gathered for a Facebook Live discussion about depression and other issues that emerge around the holidays and during the winter months.

Attorneys in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office are plowing through a record number of bills passed by the State Legislature this year, and deciding which ones to sign, and which ones to veto. Some measures have support but still might not make it into law this year, including one that would outlaw some harmful chemicals in children’s toys.

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Southern Tier Rep. Tom Reed has introduced bipartisan legislation that would cut the skyrocketing price of insulin products by 75%.

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Healthcare workers and local elected officials are voicing opposition to the announcement earlier this month that TLC Lakeshore Hospital in Irving will close on Jan. 1.

A UB scientist is working on easing diabetes treatment.  Of the nearly 30 million Americans who have diabetes many must take injections to manage the disease. The new research is hoping to turn many of those injections into pills.


Celebrating 40 years in medicine with a new challenge

Dec 10, 2019
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What is it like to be a leader with every major health organization in Buffalo? A person to ask would be Dr. Margaret Paroski. A neurologist by training, Paroski started at the VA Medical Center, followed by the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Kaleida Health and Erie County Medical Center, all while serving as a faculty member at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine. As she celebrates 40 years in medicine, Paroski has taken on a new challenge: Chief Medical Officer for Catholic Health Partners.

Stock up on the Kleenex. New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker has declared influenza is now prevalent across the state.

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Erie County officials received the influenza vaccine Wednesday in an effort to encourage residents to do the same.

 

A food worker at a Taco Bell restaurant in Niagara Falls has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.

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Local officials in southern Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, as well as the Seneca Nation, are grappling with the effects of closing Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving. In announcing the decision, TLC Health Network said rising losses at the acute care hospital is the reason.

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Erie County Medical Center's Immunodeficiency Clinic is medical ground zero for those who are infected with HIV. There was a time when it was the center of death, as hundreds of local residents died under the pressure of the retro-virus. However, people today are living much longer with the illness.

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As World AIDS Day is remembered, so do survivors remember the early days of the AIDS epidemic.

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As the number of new HIV cases in New York continues to fall, a report from the pharmaceutical company Merck has found that stigma toward the infection in younger generations is growing.

A new report shows many working American families are spending more and more of their income on health care.


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a new warning about "superbugs" that includes the latest national death and infection estimates. The warning is important because the federal public health agency says "everyone is at risk" for antibiotic-resistant infections.

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Rather than risk a fight at the family dinner table, some people try to steer away from political conversations during the holidays. If you can’t stop that opinionated uncle from airing his latest grievance, though, you should have a game plan for dealing with disagreements.

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