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Henry L. Davis

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


May 7, 1930 – Sept. 19, 2017 Sister Ann Therese Hedges, an educator for more than 40 years, as well as an artist, died Tuesday in the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence, Clarence, after a short illness. She was 87. Born in Medina, Emily Hedges entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in September 1948. She pronounced her final vows in August 1954. Sister Ann Therese a…

The main insurers in Western New York received above-average results in the latest annual ratings of health insurance companies by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The committee rated more than 1,000 plans for 2017-18, including 20 private, 30 Medicare and seven Medicaid plans in New York state. The national group examined three general categories – co…

A new office for a physician practice at 564 Niagara St. is now seeing patients – and it represents some big changes. The $6 million, 40,000-square-foot building that houses the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network is one of the largest projects on the city's lower West Side in recent years. Physicians and other health care providers in the group w…

Joseph D. McDonald, chief executive officer of Catholic Health, plans to step down from the hospital system in early 2018 after more than 15 years in the role. He will leave as an influential leader who played a key role in shaping the region's health care landscape. McDonald, a transplanted Southerner from Tennessee who arrived in late 2002, is the third president …

Sept. 22, 1938 – Sept. 13, 2017 If you have ever enjoyed the distinctively tangy-sweet taste of concord grape juice, it might have been from the fruit that David C. Nichols grew. Among other things, Nichols was a grower-owner at Welch's. Indeed, his family has been growing grapes on its Lewiston land since 1880. Mr. Nichols, the fourth generation to farm the ori…

Dr. Bill Thomas, a nationally known figure in senior care, will bring his "Changing Aging" tour to the Amherst Center for Senior Services, with two shows Sept. 18. "Disrupt Dementia" will run from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and "Aging: Life's Most Dangerous Game" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway. Thomas blends medical science, music, art and stor…

The Waterfront Center nursing home was renamed Thursday the Ellicott Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare in a homage to the city's history. The name change at the 160-bed skilled nursing facility on 7th street is a part of a branding effort by the owner, Bronx-based Centers Health Care, which operates more than 42 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Ne…

A majority of patients with type 1 diabetes did significantly better at controlling blood sugar when they used insulin and a medicine for type 2 diabetes known as dapagliflozin, a study by University at Buffalo researchers shows. Called DEPICT-1, the study was the first multicenter investigation of dapagliflozin to test its effectiveness and safety in type 1 diabetes. …

Is the future of cancer detection in a wearable device that looks like a watch? Maybe. A number of research projects on wearables are under way in the United States and elsewhere, including an effort by University at Buffalo engineers working with Intel Corp. and Garwood Medical Devices. The UB researchers have received a $1 million National Science Foundation grant …

Mayor Byron W. Brown’s re-election campaign announced endorsements from members of the Common Council. They are President and Ellicott District Council Member Darius Pridgen, Majority Leader Niagara District Council Member David Rivera, Delaware District Council Member Joel Feroleto, Lovejoy District Council Member Richard Fontana, Masten District Council Member Ul…

Feb. 21, 1950 -- Sept. 7, 2017 James W. Ward was a man of many interests and, once he latched onto something, he tended to dig in deep -- whether it was the years he spent in public service in Niagara County, his memberships in community organizations, or his penchant for sports memorabilia and old candy boxes. "Whatever Jim did, he was not just a card-holder, someon…

Work is underway on the $5.7 million streetscape phase of the $70 million Northland Corridor project, which will link the neighborhood to the 35-acre training campus, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced Friday. The work, which will be completed in late 2018, includes new water and sewer lines, street paving, new curbs and sidewalks, new street trees and plantings and LED str…

John L. Thornton, chairman of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., will visit Buffalo next week for meetings with foundations and business leaders to support Kevin Gaughan's plan to create two Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses in South Park and Delaware Park. The events will happen on Sept. 12. The plan calls for restoring Frederick Law Olmsted’s arbore…

Changes to the Uber Zone at New Era Field for this week's U2 concert will continue into the Buffalo Bills season, Pegula Sports and Entertainment said Friday. The rules, as spelled out by the Pegula company, include: -- Uber ride-sharing vehicles will now enter the Uber Zone on Big Tree Road, Route 20A, and line up in rows A, B and C. -- Uber vehicles will exit in…

The Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center contacted all but three of the 526 patients who underwent colonoscopies with equipment that may have been inadequately cleaned and most of them have agreed to testing for possible infection. To date, more than 360 veterans have been screened for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, hospital officials s…