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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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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The Cuomo Administration and state democratic lawmakers are calling for passage of the Reproductive Health Act. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is joining the effort as they seek passage in the first 30-days of the state legislative session.


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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.

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The Institute for Autism Research at Canisius College in Buffalo is making significant progress with a program for elementary school children with high functioning autism. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with researchers and a parent to find out how it is providing "highly effective" treatment for children. 

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The Cuomo Administration is touting one of the most progressive agendas in New York State history, 2019 Justice Agenda.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul were sworn-in for a third term Tuesday night in New York City.  WBFO senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to Hochul about several topics including passing the Child Victims Act, legalizing recreational marijuana and a gun safety measure as a new senate democratic majority takes over when the legislature returns to work January 9 in Albany.   

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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Buffalo's oldest home is going to become a center for an even older tradition, women giving birth in the home.

This is a trick question: You are a college student and don't have much money, so you're faced with a choice between keeping your smartphone operating or buying enough food. What's your choice? New University at Buffalo research has the answer.

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DeGraff Memorial Hospital dedicates a new $8 million emergency department Tuesday morning, 12 years after the Niagara County landmark was scheduled to close.

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BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York has named the first recipients of its newly established Blue Fund.

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The results of a screening program at Erie County’s Auto Bureau locations are reflecting the typical poor statistics for cardiovascular disease seen across the region.


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How do you help mothers and babies in need? One door at a time. Here’s how a local agency does it.


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On Thursday, WBFO airs the latest feature from Avery Schneider and the Health and Wellness News Desk. He spoke with Morning Host Jay Moran for a preview of the story on the Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network's Community Health Worker Outreach Program.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Erie County Executive and Erie County Health Commissioner say the first cases of influenza are being reported in the county. As part of their plea to the public to get a flu vaccine, both Mark Poloncarz and Dr. Gale Burstein rolled up their sleeves and received their own shots.


Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

Wednesday would have been the 100th birthday of former Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. To honor the milestone, the foundation created in his name announced a major investment in the two places he called home.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The number of jobs in New York's health care industry continues to rise, with that sector of the state's economy contributing about $71 billion in wages last year.

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Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo is working to diagnose what may be case of a rare polio-like disease. WBFO’s Avery Schneider has more.


Erie County is continuing to respond to this year’s rise in Hepatitis A cases with an immunization clinic in Buffalo.

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