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A St. Bonaventure University biology professor is leading a fundraising effort to help protect medical personnel in Wuhan, China, the center of the global coronavirus outbreak.

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Narcan has brought back countless opioid and heroin addicts from the brink of death, restoring their breathing and giving them a chance to seek treatment. Erie County’s Department of Health in November launched a program making the FDA-approved drug even more accessible, and that means county residents will start seeing it in some unlikely places.

While the dangers of lead poisoning have been understood for decades, getting local officials to acknowledge the presence of the problem in this community has been slow in coming. After years of Investigative Post bringing light to the issue, local governments are responding. As Geoff Kelly reports, first, Erie County established a program. Now, the city of Buffalo has its own pilot program and the early results indicate an urgent need. In January, the program's first month, Kelly says officials inspected 68 residences. Seven of those units displayed evidence of potential lead exposure.


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Albany is putting on a campaign to make sure firefighters in New York know how to protect themselves from the array of dangerous chemicals that can be found on their turnout gear at a fire.

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Dignitaries gathered inside Erie County Medical Center Friday for the formal dedication of the main hospital building's new atrium.

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The Erie County Sheriff's Department is grappling with the case of a man apprehended Wednesday by Customs at the Peace Bridge on his return from China. "We are taking these measures," said Public Information Officer Scott Zylka regarding the man who was taken from the Peace Bridge to the Holding Center.  "If things again turn the wrong way, it could become a bigger incident than it already is."


Karen DeWitt

Bravo star Andy Cohen and comedian Michelle Buteau are among those advocating for New York to adopt a law allowing paid gestational surrogacy. But pockets of opposition remain.

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) called on Western New York dollar stores to stop carrying “potentially dangerous” over-the-counter topical products like ointments and cosmetics in Cheektowaga Monday.

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

As Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center has moved out from its one location on the edge of downtown Buffalo to locations across the region, it has been doing some things differently.

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New York State Health Department data show cancer cases on part of Buffalo's East Side and western Cheektowaga are out of line with averages. Tuesday night was time for a discussion of possible environmental causes in an an area with former industrial sites and hazardous waste areas.

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Days after the Erie County Health Commissioner did so, Niagara County health officials offered an update on coronavirus concerns.

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The closed sign went on the door of Lake Shore Health Care Center's Emergency Room in the Town of Hanover at 7 p.m. Sunday.


Five years ago, a retired school administrator from Batavia had a conversation with her neighbor. What she didn’t know then is that talk would inspire the next phase of her life. From our public radio partners at WXXI in Rochester, James Brown has the story.


For the first time since 2014, death rates in the U.S. declined and life expectancy showed a modest uptick, according to new data released in two reports Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Life expectancy at birth in 2018 was 78.7 years, 0.1 year longer than the previous year.

VIDEO: A caregiver's tale of mental illness

Jan 29, 2020
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As part of WBFO’s Mental Health initiative, we offer stories of stigma and struggle, an inside look at mental illness and its impacts.

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A tenth individual in New York State has been identified for testing for the novel coronavirus, while two confirmed cases in Ontario have canceled celebrations for the Chinese New Year.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Jody Lomeo is leaving as head of Western New York's largest healthcare provider. The Kaleida Health President and CEO issued a system-wide email Tuesday morning, saying this last year of his contract will be his last year as CEO.

UB researcher investigating the 911 of 24/7 police work

Jan 27, 2020
Mike Desmond / WBFO News

University at Buffalo Professor John Violanti has become internationally known for his health and wellness research on the Buffalo Police Department. With a new federal grant of more than $800,000, the former New York State Trooper is now taking a deeper look at how well police officers adjust to shift work, overtime and secondary employment.

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A new type of insulin certified this month for use by children by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is yet another sign of the array of medications and gadgets for young diabetics helping them lead relatively normal lives.

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Vaping businesses and their advocates are preparing for another battle over the future of their industry after Gov. Andrew Cuomo reignited his push against flavored electronic cigarettes. 

 

Dr. Emmekunla Nylander

A group of local doctors, nurses and medical technicians is hitting the road Friday, making the long trek to Cambodia to provide medical assistance and perform surgeries.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo hinted he would try to limit local Medicaid spending during his State of the State Address earlier this month, saying county governments were all too eager to spend more because the state was paying for any increases. On Tuesday, Cuomo revealed how he intends to deter overspending: a 3% Medicaid spending cap.

 


Eileen Buckley / WBFO News

Across the country, the American Red Cross is reporting less than a three-day supply of type O blood. That is a problem, since O positive is the most transfused blood type for patient emergencies and medical treatments.

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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.

Nick Lippa / WBFO News

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.

Karen Dewitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

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.

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