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Henry L. Davis

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


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Like a fever that finally breaks, the flu's grip on Western New York appears to have loosened – a bit. Is the worst over for the 2017-2018 season? Maybe. The rate of laboratory-confirmed influenza cases dropped in the week ending Feb. 17 in several regions of New York State, including the Buffalo area, as did the percent of weekly emergency department visits. B…

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Some parents offer their children a sip of wine or beer on occasion, thinking it's harmless or they're teaching a lesson. Is it really so benign? A new University at Buffalo study joins a small but growing body of work whose conclusions strongly question the popular practice, finding that even infrequent tastes do not remove the aura around alcohol or subtly promote …

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One of the nastiest flu seasons in recent years remains widespread, with the vaccine only 36 percent effective and several more weeks of peak activity expected. One of the key measures to track is laboratory-confirmed flu cases at hospitals and outpatient centers. How are we doing? In Western New York, there were 92 laboratory confirmed cases per 100,000 people in the p…

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Hodgkin's lymphoma is one of the most curable cancers. But months of chemotherapy can leave patients sick to their stomach and depressed. So when Jillian Murzynski suffered nausea and anxiety from treatment last year, losing 20 pounds on an already thin frame, she kept an open mind after doctors at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center offered her unconventional ther…

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Laboratory-confirmed cases of flu continue to increase in Erie County, a sign of the severity of this year's influenza season, public health officials reported Tuesday. The flu season has been driven by type A (H3N2), a flu strain that can lead to more severe illness with more hospitalizations and deaths compared to other flu virus strains. Flu-related hospitalizations …

A short ceremony to honor veterans will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday – Valentine's Day – in Freedom Hall, Room 301, in the VA Medical Center, 3495 Bailey Ave. For the 40th consecutive year, the nationally syndicated column started by Ann Landers, now called “Annie’s Mailbox,” has devoted a column to the National Salute, asking readers to send Valentine cards and lette…

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A Williamsville man was sentenced to five years' probation by Erie County Court Judge Kenneth F. Case and had his driver’s license revoked for one year, following an accident last year in which one woman was killed and four others injured, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said Friday. Lawrence Penna, 68, was driving to the Buffalo Niagara International Airpor…

A Clarence teenager has pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder before Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced Friday. Zachery Aroix, 18, and two other defendants on March 31, 2017, allegedly lured the victim to a construction site off of Gentwood Drive in Clarence in an attempt to rob him at gunpoint, a…

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A new hepatitis A case involving a homeless person who stayed at the Buffalo City Mission has Erie County officials worried about an outbreak among Buffalo's homeless population. The case, which was confirmed Feb. 7 after the individual visited a health facility with hepatitis A symptoms, poses a significant possibility of exposure to other homeless individuals and staf…

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One of the easiest ways to reduce your risk of cancer is to exercise. A growing number of studies has shown that for many types of the disease. What's less clear is how much physical activity – the intensity and duration – makes a difference. Now, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have looked at the question from a different angle, showing in two n…

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Flu activity continues to increase across New York State, including in the Buffalo Niagara region, where the rate of confirmed cases has more than tripled since the start of the new year. It's difficult to say how this flu season compares with others because it still has weeks to go, but it looks to be one of the more severe years in terms of symptoms and hospitalizatio…

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When plans arose in 2001 to create a medical district downtown, they came with large doses of hope and skepticism. A similar proposal in the 1980s went nowhere. There was good reason to believe the same fate would befall this effort, especially with its over-the-top expectations for attracting jobs and medical tourists to Buffalo. While there is no magic solution to …

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Who: Dr. Irfan Khan, founder and chief strategy officer of Circuit Clinical What he's doing: The company helps physicians participate in clinical studies. Why he defines the entrepreneurial spirit: Khan believes that patients have a right to choose clinical research as a care option, so he started a company that gives people that option in the comfort of their doctor…

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Who Rachel Jackson, founder of Rachel's Remedies What she's doing: Rachel's Remedies makes comfort pads for breast-feeding mothers. The company recently partnered with a major brand to place two products in 1,600 national stores. Why she defines the entrepreneurial spirit: Through personal experience, Jackson found and filled a significant gap in the marketplace for …