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

The Buffalo News editorial team came out on top in the Buffalo's Smartest Company Trivia competition Friday. The event benefits Cradle Beach. The 11th annual competition, held in Salvatore's Italian Gardens in Lancaster, was another tight contest, according to Carol Russo, chief News copy editor and captain of The News editorial team. "We won by 10 points, so that…

The Catholic Health hospital system and BryLin Behavioral Health System are in talks over a possible collaboration. The organizations said Thursday that discussions will continue as they explore in more detail how they may come together and what that might mean for changes in services. “We have been talking over the past few months to see where it makes sense for o…

In health care, if there is agreement on one issue, it is that the system does not work nearly as well as it should. Cost, quality and insurance coverage remain problems to be solved in the United States, which spends far more per person on health services than any other country in the world. The Affordable Care Act during the Obama administration put in motion signi…

UBMD Physicians’ Group is continuing its phased move into the Conventus building downtown, centralizing in one location more than 100 doctors from the big medical group on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. UBMD, which formed in 2005, is the umbrella organization for 18 separate medical specialty practices whose more than 500 doctors are affiliated with the Jacobs Sc…

Women at the highest genetic risk for bone fractures benefit the most from hormone therapy, according to a University at Buffalo study of 10,000 participants in the national Women's Health Initiative. As women age, their bone mineral density decreases, leaving them at greater risk of breaking bones from falls. Some women are more genetically prone to fractures. The rese…

Atwal Eye Care has opened a 9,000-square-foot medical and surgical facility in Orchard Park. The site, at 3176 Abbott Road, will feature an optical shop in addition to medical and surgical services. There will be 20 staff members at the site, including ophthalmologist Dr. Michael Sansano Jr. and five other health care professionals. Atwal Eye Care, operates five oth…

Erie County Medical Center, which continues to struggle with a massive computer shutdown, reported Friday that it is making progress in efforts to restore its information systems. The hospital shut down its computers on April 9 after a cyberattack. Hospital officials still decline to confirm the attack as ransomware, citing investigations into what happened. But source…

Three Buffalo-area hospitals earned a grade of A in a national patient safety organization’s scoring for how well hospitals avoid errors and accidents. Nine hospitals in the region received a grade of C in the spring 2017 rating by The Leapfrog Group, an employer coalition that promotes hospital quality and patient safety. The A's went to Erie County Medical Center…

Traditional hearing tests often fail to diagnose patients with a common form of inner ear damage that might otherwise be detected by exams that depend on behavioral responses, according to a study led by University at Buffalo researchers. This type of so-called “hidden" hearing loss presents itself as normal hearing in the clinic, where audiograms — the gold-standar…

Gum disease and tooth loss may be associated with a higher risk of death in postmenopausal women but not increased heart disease risk, according to a University at Buffalo study. Loss of all natural teeth also was linked with an increased risk of death in postmenopausal women, the researchers found. Periodontal disease, a chronic inflammatory disease of the gum and c…

A doctor is alleging racial discrimination in a lawsuit against Roswell Park Cancer Institute and his department supervisor. Attorneys for Dr. Willie Underwood, a urologist, have asked the U.S. District Court to allow the plaintiff to file an amended complaint in the case that dates back to 2014. Underwood, who was hired in 2008, alleges he was paid less than a less-…

Staff at Erie County Medical Center have scrubbed thousands of hard drives and turned to paper records to chart patient information in an all-hands-on-deck response to a software virus that forced the hospital to shut down its information system on April 9. "It has been a huge task. We're rebuilding the entire computer system," said Peter Cutler, vice president of co…

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, the parent company of Univera Healthcare, has been fined $1 million for wrongly denying contraceptive coverage as a result of "internal system and process errors" and failing to resolve consumer grievances in a timely fashion, according to the state Department of Financial Services. New York law requires health plans to provide coverage fo…

April 24, 1921 - March 2, 2017 Joseph V. Sciascia, a retired Buffalo police lieutenant and Navy veteran, died March 2 in Palmetto Bay, Fla. He was 95. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Sciascia graduated from McKinley High School and attended the University of Rochester. He was a Navy veteran who fought in the Allied Invasion of Sicily, and received three campaign medals. He als…