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Erie County Executive's Office

A report released Thursday by the Erie County Medicaid Inspector General’s Office shows a rise in Medicaid enrollment in Erie County under the Affordable Care Act.

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A coalition of organizations that include the U.S. Department of Justice, Erie County, Kids Escaping Drugs and a number of local colleges, among others, is sponsoring the session titled, "Our Community, Our Epidemic: Turning Drug Awareness into Action." The goal is to teach people about the issue and create an action plan to deal with the area's growing drug problem.


Bills fans drunkest in NFL, study shows

Nov 9, 2015

Many Bills fans lovingly refer to Buffalo as "a drinking town with a sports problem." A new study finds that's probably true – at least on game days.

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One of Buffalo's foremost football families was honored on Saturday night for their efforts to spread cancer awareness and promote advocacy.

About one third of kids in Erie County are either overweight or obese, according to a report issued by the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. The organization's Community Report Card on Childhood Obesity also indicates a correlation between obesity and household income.

University at Buffalo

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.

Nursing lounge now open at the Buffalo airport

Nov 6, 2015
Chris Caya WBFO News

A new nursing lounge is available now available for mothers to feed their children while at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.


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A new survey on the use of tobacco products in New York State shows a change in the dynamic of the tobacco marketplace, shifting from traditional cigarette brands to newer products. It also shows that electronic cigarette use among high school students and young adults ages 18 to 24 is nearly double that of users 25 and up.


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Erie County, Say Yes to Education, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and numerous other partners are expanding the number of mental health clinics serving Buffalo's public schools, adding 15 more this school year.


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A multitude of partners are co-hosting a forum on Saturday, November 14 to discuss the region's rising problem with opioid and opiate abuse, and the anticipated record death toll local health officials are expecting this year as the result of that crisis.


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New York’s first program designed to diversify the state’s physician workforce is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

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Erie County, which is working in partnership with several stakeholders in a continued effort to combat opioid addiction, received a grant from the Tower Foundation to help fund the fight.


Making the Medical Campus more pedestrian-friendly

Oct 20, 2015

Making your way around the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will get easier as the result of a $15 million state grant that will make the growing corridor more pedestrian-friendly.

American Cancer Society Hosts Breast Cancer Walk

Oct 17, 2015

If you were downtown Saturday morning, you may have noticed a sea of people dressed in pink and ready to take action.   The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk was held at Canalside.

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It has been a little over a year and a half since Erie County Medical Center appointed Richard Cleland as its Chief Executive Officer. He joined WBFO at the end of August to reflect on his role and talk about what lies ahead for the hospital, the healthcare industry, and the city of Buffalo.


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Buffalo's primary airport is constructing a lactation room for traveling, nursing mothers. The announcement comes after legislation was recently introduced in the state legislature by Buffalo senator Tim Kennedy that would require large New York airports to offer such rooms.


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The widow of the late Buffalo Bills founder Ralph Wilson was at Roswell Park Cancer Institute Thursday morning, presenting a gift of $4.2 million to support the center's quality-of-life services.

Horizon Corporation hosts wellness walk

Sep 27, 2015
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On Sunday morning Horizon Corporation hosted "A Walk towards a new Horizon".

MANUP Buffalo

Prostate cancer affects many men, but some Western new Yorkers may be more at risk than others.

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This weekend, Buffalo’s McCarthy Park will be home to a celebration of individuals recovering from substance abuse. With that in mind, WBFO spoke with one such person to try and see the issue of addiction through her eyes.


Mother's tragic loss underscores grip of addiction

Sep 8, 2015

Heroin and other opiates have become a growing problem across Western New York, with an ever-increasing number of deaths being attributed to overdoses.  In the first of a three-part series on addiction, WBFO's Cheryl Hagen shares one mother's tragic story.

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Albany is still pushing to close the Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca while supporters of the center are still pushing back.


Author Oliver Sacks dies at age 82

Aug 30, 2015
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Neurologists and best-selling author Oliver Sacks has died .

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

There’s a special room now open to cancer patients at the Erie County Medical Center. It offers hope and care to young adults dealing with a life-threatening diagnosis.


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Major airports across New York, including Buffalo Niagara International, would have to provide space for breastfeeding moms under a proposed law that was unveiled Tuesday. A study shows only eight percent of airports across the nation have lactation rooms.

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Mercy Flight is taking more precautions regarding the region's weather by establishing a new hangar in Springville.


UB awarded $16 million NIH clinical science grant

Aug 13, 2015
Chris Caya/WBFO News

The University at Buffalo has received a prestigious recognition from the National Institutes of Health, a four-year $16 million Clinical Translational Science Award.

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New York is playing it safe when it comes to the bird flu. Poultry exhibits have been banned from all state fairs, including the Erie County Fair.

Red Cross nearing shortage on certain blood types

Aug 6, 2015
WBFO

The American Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, but not without significant help from communities.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there’s the equivalent of one bottle of prescription painkillers for every adult American. Meanwhile, 46 people a day die from an overdose of those same painkillers. That’s why New York State is trying to curb the problem of overprescribing.

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