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

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…

Erie County Medical Center has received state approval of its plan to construct a new trauma center/emergency department. The new $58 million facility will stand on ground-level on the west side of the hospital near the ambulance ramp, which will be razed. Plans call for a 54,000-square-foot facility with 54 treatment stations – including four dedicated trauma room…

Lubricity, an oral spray for dry mouth developed by You First Group of Companies in Cheektowaga, has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration as a medical device, the company announced. Lubricity is intended for the relief of chronic and temporary dry mouth. Earlier this year, the company received $500,000 in state tax credits for a $2.6 million project to bu…

The University at Buffalo will host 800 Boy Scouts June 9 and 10 at a “Camporall” organized to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The 2017 STEM Camporall brings together scouts of all ages and rank – Brownies to Explorers – from the Boy Scouts of America’s Greater Niagara Frontier Council and the Girls Scouts of Western New York. It w…

Those who buy health plans through New York State's insurance marketplace will face extremes next time they shop – steep double-digit increases next year in some cases and modest price changes in others. One major insurer – BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York – seeks an average 48.8 percent increase in 2018 for individual health plans sold on the state's heal…

The American Red Cross says it is currently experiencing an urgent need for blood donations, especially A positive donors. The organization listed three locations where individuals can donate: They are: 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Union Road Blood Donation Center, 3601 Union Road,Cheektowaga; and Mid City Plaza Blood Donation Center, 301 Meadow Drive,Suite #81, Nort…

A Roswell Park Cancer Institute study adds to the growing evidence that physical inactivity may increase the risk of some cancers – in this case, kidney and bladder cancer. The research, published online in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, surveyed 160 kidney cancer patients, 208 with bladder cancer and a control group of 766 people who did not have cancer to examine …

The presidents of the University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute are urging congressional leaders to resist a Trump administration proposal to cap federal spending on medical research overhead costs. Capping federal spending on facilities and administrative costs is not only detrimental to future research but also shuts off the lights in the labs we have no…

Martin Boryszak, the new president and chief executive officer of Sisters Hospital and its St. Joseph Campus in Cheektowaga, came to health care from what seems like an unusual route – UPS. The differences in the businesses are not as great as you might think. As Boryszak sees it, they both adhere to basic business principles. The Buffalo native was working for the…

Opioid-related emergency room visits at Erie County Medical Center more than doubled from 2009 to 2016, a startling rise reflective of the addiction epidemic in Western New York and across the country. The growth mirrors an increase in opioid deaths and, like the fatalities tied to drug abuse, the patients come from every corner of the region – urban, suburban and rur…