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Families urged to discuss organ donation

Mar 25, 2013
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ECMC and Unyts are reminding Western New Yorkers that April is 'Donate Life Month.' Nationwide, more than 117,000 people are awaiting transplants.

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Tuberculosis is often considered one of those diseases of the past: long cured and long forgotten. But the Erie County Health Department evaluated more than 3,700 people for the disease last year and found 19 active cases.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute has teamed with Catholic Health to provide cancer care at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo.   WBFO'S Mike Desmond sat down with leaders from both organizations to discuss this latest collaboration.

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A new study from the University of California reveals only about 37.2 percent of women treated for ovarian cancer are receiving the proper care. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked to a cancer expert from Roswell Park Cancer Institute about why some woman are missing the mark when it comes to following the national treatment guidelines.

This week marked Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week.  Western New York has one of the highest rates of MS in the Nation. 

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An area health care provided has scored the highest in the nation in a J.D. Power and Associates 2013 U.S. Member Health Plan Study.  Independent health has received the top score for health care plans.

Women have caught up with men in a lethal health problem: lung cancer.

New law for prescription Hydrocodone

Feb 28, 2013
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A potent prescription drug is now considered a "Scheduled 2" controlled substance.  Doctors and pharmacists across New York State are receiving an open letter from the State Attorney General.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is working to gain recently extended New Market Tax Credits for Roswell Park in Buffalo so the cancer hospital so it can build a $42 million Clinical Sciences Center.

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Several hundred people from the City and Town of Tonawanda turned out Wednesday night to discuss what are seen as the most severe health problems in their communities.

Creating a healthier Buffalo community

Feb 14, 2013
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The Buffalo community is being encouraged to fight obesity. Independent Health hosted its second "Conversations for a Healthier Tomorrow" featuring former Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell.  Purcell served as the vice chair of the committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Institute of Medicine of the National Academies Washington. 

ECMC opens new nursing care facility

Feb 8, 2013

After 87 years, the Erie County Home in Alden is closing and residents and staff are moving to the ECMC Health Campus in Buffalo.

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As smoking bans become more widespread, some cigarette smokers have turned to so-called 'electronic cigarettes.' But health experts says it's too soon to say whether e-cigarettes are safe.

Young girl's death attributed to flu

Feb 6, 2013

A six-year-old girl died Monday night at Women & Children's Hospital in Buffalo.  Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein tells WBFO News the child's death is attributed to influenza.

During a visit to Buffalo Wednesday, Lt. Governor Robert Duffy helped launch a new initiative at Roswell Park Cancer Institute to better understand, prevent and cure cancer.

Another Western New York hospital is notifying its patients that they may have been exposed to potential contamination through the improper reuse of insulin pens.

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Residents in Northern Erie and Niagara Counties will find it easier now to be cared for by Roswell Park. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports, the cancer institute has opened a new satellite location in Wheatfield near the Niagara Falls International Airport. 

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In an effort to minimize the risk of influenza at its local hospitals, two major healthcare providers have announced restrictions for patient visits.

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As Kaleida Health finalizes its schedule for moving Women and Children's Hospital to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, speculation is building concerning what will happen to the site of the current complex on Bryant Street.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a Public Health emergency for all of New York State in repsonse to a severe flu season.

The Erie County Health Department is warning residents about an outbreak of Norovirus -- more commonly known as the "stomach bug" -- this winter.

BlueCross BlueShield present "Good For You!"

Nov 20, 2012
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On Tuesday, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and WNED presented the latest edition of Good For You!,  a live radio series dedicated to healthy living.   The panel of experts discussed Aging with Grace: a discussion for healthy seniors. 

UB participates in national periodontal study

Nov 12, 2012
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The University at Buffalo is a part of a major study on Periodontal disease.  UB Distinguished Professor of Periodontics Dr. Robert Genco is the principal investigator for the Buffalo Clinical Center. 

With New Era gift, Roswell expansion to proceed

Nov 8, 2012
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A large gift from a Buffalo-based company has capped off 'The Campaign to Build a Greater Roswell Park.'

DNA biomarker tests Multiple Myeloma

Nov 2, 2012
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A company located in Buffalo's Medical Corridor has unveiled the first DNA biomarker test to be used to treat a certain type of blood cancer. 

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Children with cancer will be able to get the care they need in one location under a new plan announced Thursday by Women and Children's Hospital and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Advocates hope new law will boost organ donation

Oct 22, 2012

Starting at this time next year, anyone over the age of 18 who is getting a new driver's license will have to declare whether or not they want to be an organ donor.

Erie County Clerk Christopher Jacobs says because the question is currently optional, many people skip it.  

"We believe that this will be a significant step to encourage those to really think about organ donation and not just pass over it. Sometimes they pass over it without even knowing [and] if they did know, they would want to sign up," Jacobs said at a news conference Monday morning.

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The Buffalo Bills organization is gearing up for a large event Friday night in downtown Niagara Falls.  The Bills "Billieve" Breast Cancer Awareness Event will help raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.  

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley sat down with organizers of the event -- including two Buffalo Bills wives and a breast cancer survivor.

"I had a mastectomy.  I had chemotherapy. I had radiation.  I had the whole nine yards," said  Susan Morreale. 

Five years ago Morreale experience what many women fear -- the discovery of a lump in her breast.

Roll up your sleeve: Drive-thru flu shot clinics

Oct 12, 2012

If you think you're too busy to get a flu shot -- think again!  Western New York Immediate Care will be holding drive-thru flu clinics in the region Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Claire Jones is with Immediate  Care.  She says you don't have to leave your vehicle to receive shot.

"Drive right up, roll down the window and roll up their sleeves," said Jones. "They will be met by a registration person.  They will have their temperature taken.  They will drive up to the next person to get their shot.  The whole process takes not even five minutes."

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Albany is pushing harder to persuade people to donate organs and tissue when they die.

"Lauren's Law" is named in honor of now 12-year-old Lauren Shields from Rockland County, who received a heart transplant in 2009.

Sheilds has lobbied for greater encouragement of organ donations in a state which is 48th in donations, with only 18 percent of adults enrolled to donate.  Donation is higher in Western New York. Nationally the number is 43 percent.

9,700 New Yorkers are on the waiting list for donations among the 113,000 around the country awaiting a transplant.