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Henry L. Davis

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


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Erie County Medical Center will celebrate its 100th anniversary Sunday with a special event expected to draw nearly 1,000 staff members and their families. The hospital on Grider Street traces its roots back to an era in medical care that might feel foreign to them. But one thing has stayed largely the same – the hospital has always fulfilled a critical community med…

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An adult who suddenly collapses and is not responsive is likely experiencing cardiac arrest. The chance of survival is very low unless someone calls 911 for help and immediately starts cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Since 2008, the American Heart Association has recommended hands-only CPR for adults, although people trained in mouth-to-mouth resuscitation can also provi…

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As Edward Bush walked out of New Era Field after a Buffalo Bills game, he felt dizzy and dropped unconscious to the ground. Within moments, an alert stadium worker radioed for help and started CPR. Speed is everything in cardiac arrest before lack of oxygen-rich blood leads to brain damage and death. Physicians and paramedics rushed to his aid. "I'm the luckiest guy …

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The front of the Urban Family Practice office on Jefferson Avenue looks as unassuming as it gets along a nondescript strip mall on the city's East Side. But inside, Drs. Raul Vazquez and Chet Fox are building what they see as the primary care medical practice of the future. They're following a recipe Vazquez is using on the West Side, where he recently opened a new $…

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Carol Horton has been named vice president of the Kaleida Health Adult Foundation. Horton, who has been vice president of marketing and public relations at The Buffalo News since 2013, is expected to start at the foundation in mid-April. She will head philanthropic efforts for the hospital system's adult facilities, including Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vasc…

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It looks like we've put the worst of the flu season behind us. The number of laboratory confirmed influenza cases decreased over the last week for the first time since the illness was categorized as geographically widespread this flu season, state officials reported Thursday. There were 13,703 laboratory-confirmed flu cases reported to the New York State Health Depar…

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Hodge Pediatrics in the Elmwood Village will move and reopen March 7 with a new name at 1050 Niagara St. It is the final piece of the Kaleida Health project to relocate pediatric services from the Women & Children's Hospital campus, which was sold to developers after construction of Oishei Children's Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Hodge Pediatric…

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With the return of cancer once again, Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly confronts a potentially challenging medical path ahead of him. But with the limited specifics available about his latest diagnosis, it is difficult to know what his treatment or prognosis might be. Experts say that among the issues that will likely be assessed by Kelly and his medical team inclu…

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An advanced graduate certificate in public health will be offered at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions beginning in the fall, the school announced. The certificate program can be completed in as little as one year online or on campus through seated courses on a full- or part-time basis. It’s designed for working professionals wh…

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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 …