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The New York State Health Department has launched a campaign to raise awareness around addiction treatment services available to pregnant women. The health department wants women to know “it's OK to ask for help” and that their doctors can help treat addiction.

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Not so fast on legalizing pot. That is the message coming from New York State's school boards. The state School Boards Association wants more study on the issue.

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At a Laughter Yoga session at the Brighton Place Library in Tonawanda, a small group of 4 laughter yoga leaders, and a couple of participants all stand in a circle, gathered in the library’s community activity room. After introductions all the smiles quickly turn into giggles, and the awkwardness turns into openness.


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A freshman state lawmaker from Western New York is co-sponsoring legislation to remove a vaccine exemption. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked Assemblyman Pat Burke about why he’s supporting the bill that calls for a change in the law.  

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A state Supreme Court judge on Friday ruled two teenage students cannot attend Orchard Park schools without updated vaccines.

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Two teenagers, who are not vaccinated because of religious beliefs, were kicked out of school. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says now the mother of the teens is suing the Orchard Park School District.

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State Senator Chris Jacobs, in collaboration with the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, will distribute thousands of bags specially designed to render unwanted drugs useless for purposes of safe, environmentally-friendly disposal.

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A landmark study at the University at Buffalo has found young people who have suffered a concussion can continue to exercise moderately as part of their recovery.

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The Erie County Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee, whose chairman vows to pass legislation that "gets it right" on limiting e-cigarette access by minors, heard from educators who shared concerns including what they believe is a blatant effort to market them to young people.

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After a year of planning and zoning challenges with the Town of Pomfret, Brooks-TLC Hospital System is picking a different location for their new hospital.

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Entrepreneurship among seniors is trending in the United States and research shows that people 50 and older are opting to turn a business idea into a rewarding and profit-making retirement plan. 

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A group of non-profits is teaming to create the Western New York Human Services Collaborative to help benefit Buffalo's east side. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says an ambitious project is underway to try and house all eight in one building on Broadway.  

Hospital standard charges now online

Jan 11, 2019
Catholic Health

Have you gone to the website of your local hospital this year? You will notice it now posts a list of their standard charges online.

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Erie County lawmakers are considering ways they may regulate electronic cigarettes, in order to keep them away from the hands of minors. On Thursday in downtown Buffalo, members of the Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony from experts and advocates who say vaping is not a safer alternative to traditional tobacco. They also explained how vaping is being marketed to young people.

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The government shutdown has now reached day 19 as President Trump pushes for $5.7 billion in border wall funding. The president claims a border wall will help combat the flow of drugs like fentanyl from entering the country. A DEA report from this past November says otherwise. But how are these drugs currently making their way to New York State? WBFO’s Nick Lippa reports.


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There is a new program available to primary care physicians in assisting patients with their mental health care needs. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it is helping patients manage their behavioral health, substance abuse and other mental illness diagnoses.   

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It appears five area residents died over the weekend due to drug overdoses. While local officials are concerned about the development, they say the number of overdose deaths has dropped significantly since the height of the opioid crisis.


Got drugs? Get rid of them...statewide

Jan 4, 2019
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Drug drop-off sites are not new, but this weekend New York joins Washington as the first two states to adopt a unified statewide drug take-back program for unwanted prescription and non-prescription drugs.

Hospice gives 'Home for the Holidays' a whole new meaning

Dec 28, 2018
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They say the holiday season can be either the best time of the year or the worst, depending on where you are in your life. WBFO's Marian Hetherly has the story of one local attorney making the best of the worst.

THC vs. CBD: Cannabis-based products explained

Dec 21, 2018
National Public Radio

Medical marijuana is offering relief to thousands of New Yorkers suffering from a range of serious ailments, from addiction and chronic pain to Parkinson's and PTSD, but how well do you know your weed? Cannabis products can also have vastly different effects - good and bad. WBFO's Marian Hetherly concludes our special series, "The Path to Pot."


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A local doctor who specializes in treating people with addictions has been arrested and charged with possession of heroin and cocaine.

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The Erie County Health Department is investigating a possible case of measles at Williamsville South High School. Exposure may have occurred on Friday.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says legalizing the adult use of recreational marijuana is among the agenda items for his coming new term. New York State already has legal medical marijuana, but some raise questions about how legal recreational pot may affect the integrity of the medicinal program. One of the local experts recruited to the governor's work group for crafting legal pot legislation, meanwhile, suggests very little is known about the substance many are in a hurry to make legal for casual consumption.


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If marijuana becomes legal for adult use in New York state, the new industry is expected to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue. But how will the new funding be spent? 


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The Erie County Health Department is dealing with an unusual double-barreled health problem—a measles case and an active case of tuberculosis.


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Cancer research scientists around the world are looking at what might be a revolutionary test for the diseases of cancer. The test is quick, potentially cheap and based on a simple blood test, not some elaborate technical equipment.

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The former head of CCS Oncology has been charged with "gross negligence and incompetence" by the New York State Health Department in the treatment of seven patients, including six who died.

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There wasn't much opposition Thursday evening to a proposed Erie County law that would further restrict smoking and vaping in vehicles and outdoor spaces.

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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on Congress to provide money to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the study of Acute Flaccid Myelitis. It has been affecting young children across the state and the country, and earlier this month the CDC established a task force to investigate AFM.

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Thousands of runners, joggers, and walkers crowded the streets of Buffalo Thursday for the annual YMCA Turkey Trot. As the oldest organized footrace in the country, the event is a tradition for Western New York and, especially, friends and families.


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