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Henry L. Davis

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


Executives of Community Blue said Wednesday that greater use of medical services, a new state system for paying hospitals, higher costs for nurses' salaries and new state regulations made it necessary to seek a rate increase for the health maintenance organization June 1, a month sooner than expected."Early in 1989 it became evident that our Community Blue premium rat…

DeGraff Memorial Hospital's decision Tuesday to close its maternity unit follows a Western New York trend in which such specialized services are being concentrated in fewer hospitals.The drop in volume of maternity cases to an average of less than one a day in the North Tonawanda hospital made it impractical to provide the service and impossible to ensure proper staff…

Buffalo General Hospital's Deaconess Skilled Nursing Facility has serious problems in most of its operations that if not corrected could lead to loss of its operating license or other sanctions, according to a state report.The problems, found by state investigators during a 10-day visit last month, included staff ignoring residents in need of help.For example, one res…

A new Children's Hospital pro gram -- made possible by recent medical advances -- will diagnose and repair birth defects in the fetus and, in effect, treat the fetus as an unborn patient.Hospital officials today announced the start of the Buffalo Institute of Fetal Therapy, the first such program in New York State and one of only a handful in the country. The prog…

The party won't start until the dotted line is signed, but an agreement to add $5 million in state funds to Roswell Park Memorial Institute's budget is cause for celebration at the comprehensive cancer center."It's not everything we asked for, but it's a positive step. We're really rejoicing with this," Dr. Thomas B. Tomasi, director of Roswell Park, said Friday.Tomas…

An experimental cancer treatment offers the vision of a not-too-distant future when physicians will dissolve tumors by shining a light on them.To be sure, photodynamic therapy is not as simple as flipping a switch. The treatment is long and tedious, and its use of lasers, fluorescent dyes and fiber-optic cables, at first glance, seems more at home in "Star Trek" than …

People with AIDS need to know what medical and social services are available and which ones are best for them.So far in Western New York, that sort of service does not work as smoothly as it should, according to speakers Monday at a hearing on a proposed regional plan to combat AIDS."This is needed quickly," said the Rev. Amos Acree, chairman of the Interfaith AIDS Ne…

The gaunt young woman insisted the curtains stay closed in her hospital room. The view out the Buffalo General Hospital window overlooked the city's downtown, and she said she didn't want to see where she couldn't be.Pertenna is 32, and she is dying from AIDS. Until last week, she faced a frustrating predicament. She could leave the hospital but had no place to go.The…

Millard Fillmore Hospital is ready again to take patients for dives in its hyperbaric chamber, which will reopen Monday after 14 months of renovations.The hyperbaric chamber exposes patients to oxygen at pressures two to three times greater than the earth's atmosphere. The result: a large amount of oxygen is dissolved in the blood and body tissue. Its most well-known …

Blue Cross of Western New York announced Friday it is seeking a rate increase for Community Blue, its health maintenance organization, effective June 1.Under the proposal, Community Blue rates would increase an average 19.7 percent except for contracts with guaranteed premiums and 27.6 percent for prescription drug coverage.Subscribers will pay 5 percent more for offi…

Seven months have passed since 10-year-old Christian McGowan returned home to West Seneca to recuperate from the severe burns he suffered in a car-truck crash that killed his mother and sister.Local Shriners gathered Wednesday for their first opportunity to meet Christian, whose burn treatment they have financed, during a luncheon for him and his father, Charles, in t…

Medical students at the University at Buffalo celebrated "Match Day" Wednesday to the sounds of popping champagne corks and clicking camera shutters.This was the day for which they had been waiting. After four years of undergraduate studies and four more years of medical school, the students learned where they would be doing their residency training.For most, this was…

ATTENTION, ALL Western New York parents who can't squeeze their child's regular doctor appointment in during the workday. Or those who have rushed to a busy hospital emergency room because their child was sick at night and the pediatrician's office was closed.An alternative -- the off-hours pediatric practice that provides immediate care -- is beginning to pop up thro…

HOVANNES Nazarian wore pajamas with a cute elephant print, a Buffalo pendant around his neck and an impish smile.He had just finished a photo session.The 7-year-old munched on a slice of ham and watched the color TV overhead as the cartoon G.I. Joe laid waste to a platoon of bad guys.Neat stuff.Earlier in the day, he squeezed in a little Nintendo between sessions with…