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Henry Davis is the health care reporter for The Buffalo News.

A nurse and a call center employee are alleging racial discrimination in lawsuits against Roswell Park Cancer Institute. In one of the cases, both filed this week in U.S. District Court, the nurse also alleges the cancer center retaliated against her for reporting events she claimed posed a danger to a patient. The employees are represented by a New York City law fir…

Three teenagers were arrested July 4 inside The Summit in Wheatfield after police were alerted by an alarm at around 8 p.m., the Niagara County Sheriff's Department reported. Two 17-year-olds and a 19-year-old, Giante Polk, were charged with third-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief, both felonies. Niagara County sheriff's deputies said a mall official…

Niagara County Sheriff's deputies charged a 27-year-old Amherst man July 7 with three counts of soliciting without a permit after receiving complaints about inferior work and overcharging by Robert's Paving and Excavating. Police said Robert B. Cooper owned the company. He was charged in connection with complaints from incidents in the Town of Lewiston on July 17 and th…

Maurice Sessum, the co-owner and chief financial officer of 4 Star Resolution, a Buffalo-based debt collection company, was sentenced Friday in Manhattan federal court to 90 months in prison for orchestrating a scheme to coerce thousands of victims across the country to overpay their debts by more than $31 million, officials said. Sessum, 40, pleaded guilty last year to…

The amount of opioid painkillers prescribed in the United States decreased in most parts of the country from a peak in 2010 through 2015, including in much of Western New York. However, a new report shows prescription rates remain high in many counties and vary widely across the U.S., according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Niagara County sa…

Craig Donatelli is one of seven young men, all with Down syndrome, who live together in a seven-bedroom house in Eggertsville. The house offers a safe place where Craig and the others can live as independently as possible in the community, the goal of people with a developmental disability, as well as their parents. With the help of staff and other support, he shares in…

Construction of the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital is more than 90 percent complete and remains on schedule to open in November, Kaleida Health officials said Thursday. Interior construction of the new $270 million facility on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, including installation and testing of the mechanical and electrical systems, is nearly complete. Gr…

The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine has completed the first phase of a $25 million renovation of its pre-clinical simulation center and patient clinics. This is the school’s first major renovation in more than 30 years with a goal of significantly upgrading Squire Hall on the South Campus as an educational and clinical treatment facility. The new si…

Independent Health has started a new company to help a group of primary care physicians make the transition as health care reimbursement makes a dramatic change to what's known as value-based payments. Value-based care ties payments to quality, efficiency and effectiveness, such as reducing hospital readmissions, tracking performance and improving preventative care. Tha…

Major health care groups in Buffalo are warning that the health plan emerging in Congress will lead to millions of people losing health insurance and many others being hurt by major cutbacks in Medicaid. They also see the potential for unintended and unwanted consequences, voicing concern that the changes will raise costs for doctor-training and worsen crowding in emerg…

Leonard H. Epstein, an internationally recognized expert on childhood weight control, has been awarded the Hoebel Prize for Creativity by the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. The award honors a member of the society for an exceptional level of creativity and excellence in research on ingestive behavior. Epstein, a SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Jacob…

Oct. 7, 1933 – June 14, 2017 Joe Martucci grew up in a pioneering Buffalo pizza family, but his ambitions were elsewhere. He studied aeronautical mechanics at Burgard Vocational High School and was a standout athlete in three sports – football, basketball and baseball. He taught himself how to pitch and had such mastery on the mound that he set records in …

Rep. Brian Higgins on Friday called on the Trump administration to avoid policy changes that would endanger Roswell Park Cancer Institute's work on a promising lung cancer drug developed in Cuba. Higgins's comments followed an announcement of a new policy toward Cuba by President Donald J. Trump that seeks to limit travel by U.S. citizens to Cuba and certain business de…

Dr. W. Sam Yi bought CCS Oncology in 2008, turning a small practice into one of the biggest cancer treatment groups in the region. The cancer care provider quickly garnered an estimated one-third of the area's outpatient oncology market. But after a dispute with Independent Health led the insurer to drop the practice from its network, hundreds of patients and 10 doctor…

Roswell Park Cancer Institute has made changes in its management team related to finance, and interactions with the government and community, the cancer center announced. Ryan Grady was appointed vice president of finance and payer relations, and will lead the finance team. He joined Roswell Park in May 2014 as director of finance transformation after nearly 15 years in…