WBFO Health & Wellness Desk

  

For a region to thrive, its people need to be healthy; inadequacies in health and wellness have a range of social and economic consequences that affect many members of our community. Health inequality, cancer clusters, and high rates of heart disease and obesity are all part of the fabric of WNY, as much as the world-class research and treatment providers that are becoming a growing part of the region’s economic power. WBFO is committed to providing listeners with incisive reports on all of these issues that affect their lives.

The Health & Wellness New Desk is funded by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.

   

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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.

The University at Buffalo Law School is documenting the struggles of local home care workers and recommending solutions. 

 

The UB Community Justice Clinic on Tuesday released a policy report titled “Homecare Industry in Crisis,” in which law students interviewed 14 people who have worked for home care agencies throughout Erie County over the last year. 

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.


Thomas O'Neil-White

Generational inequalities on Buffalo’s Eastside have led to increasingly poor health outcomes for its largely African American residents. To that end, the University at Buffalo and community leaders announced, Thursday, the launch of the UB Community Health Research Institute to tackle health disparities on the East Side.

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Anyone who’s ever watched television has probably heard this: Ask your doctor if taking this medication is right for you.

The University at Buffalo wants older adults to start asking their doctors if stopping certain medications is right for them.

 


Celebrating 40 years in medicine with a new challenge

Dec 10, 2019
Catholic Medical Partners

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.

TLC Health Network

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.

Brett Dahlberg / WXXI News

The public comment period is closing today on a proposed change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps.

National Institutes of Health

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.

National Institutes of Health

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

Brett Dahlberg / WXXI News

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.


Ryan Zunner

Runners converged on Buffalo’s Delaware Avenue on a cold Thanksgiving morning for the 124thannual YMCA Turkey Trot.

A new report finds many of North America’s largest retail companies are embracing chemical safety policies to help protect consumers from toxic chemicals in products.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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.

Museum's holiday sale offers unique gifts

Nov 29, 2019
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Holiday shoppers looking for unique gifts may want to check out a one of a kind museum, in Amherst. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports - the store inside the Museum of disABILITY History is offering special discounts during its holiday sale and book fair Saturday.


University at Buffalo

Applications are increasing at the University at Buffalo's nursing school, as the job prospects are looking better for registered nurses. They are an increasingly diverse group.

David Goldman / AP

Social workers, speech therapists and others who work with children with special needs are raising concerns about a new state regulation that interferes with their ability to effectively help children.

University at Buffalo

While much of the geographic area around Tonawanda Coke has been found to be free of systematic contamination, there are still problems. The public received an update Thursday evening in the City of Tonawanda.

Catholic Health System

The Catholic Health System plans to cut back its work force by some 200 positions in a cost-cutting move.

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Niagara County has some of the worse cancer problems of any county in New York, but it is getting help. Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center have partnered with the Golisano Foundation to kick in $1.5 million toward the cause.


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Kaleida and New York State have settled a case of neglect that led to the death of a 16-month-old child with Huntingon's disease at the HighPointe on Michigan Health Care Facility in Buffalo.

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New York’s Attorney General is suing Juul, the nation’s largest manufacturer of electronic cigarettes, saying the “deceptive and misleading marketing of its e-cigarettes” has contributed to the youth vaping epidemic in New York State.


New York State Department of Health

New York is still grappling with the surge of cases of serious health problems associated with the use of e-cigarettes. Across the state, the most recent figures list 182 cases of vaping-related illness: some definite, some under investigation.

AARP

The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York has announced grants of $100,000 each to three New York counties to support the development of Age-Friendly Centers of Excellence.

Schumer pushes ban on flavored e-cigs

Nov 18, 2019
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Senator Charles Schumer made a stop at a local high school Monday to push ways to keep kids from getting addicted to nicotine. 


Dollar Tree

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued another warning letter to Dollar Tree stores about its over-the-counter drugs.

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