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Henry L. Davis

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


Fleurette Pelletier tells people unfamiliar with her new home that God helped find it. And she loves the moment when they ask where it is.Mrs. Pelletier smiles and says, "Angelica."The heavenly name of this Allegany County village where she and her husband run the Angelica Inn, a bed-and-breakfast establishment with Victorian charm and 126 acres of woods, sounds out o…

About 5,000 people, many of them chanting "no dump," hooted and hollered their opposition Thursday night to a proposal to locate a low-level radioactive-waste storage facility in Allegany County.In general, they questioned how safe such a facility would be and why the waste should be shipped their county when they are not the ones producing it. Many viewed the issue a…

The pro-choice movement must encourage more active participation from Buffalo's lay and medical community if it hopes to stop abortion foes from reversing the 1973 Supreme Court decision that gave women the right to terminate a pregnancy.That was a key and often-repeated message by speakers Friday night during a "Pro-Choice Speak Out" sponsored by the All Peoples Cong…

The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library board Thursday called on County Executive Gorski to allow $167,000 in unspent money to be used to buy books.The library had been instructed to save $129,658 from salary funds unspent because of vacancies, deaths and retirements and give it to the county. But the library collected an additional $167,000 and wants to use it to …

While abortion foes picketed outside Westminster Presbyterian Church, a group in support of a woman's right to an abortion gathered for the first time Tuesday in sanctuary and called for the religious and lay community to safeguard what they say is a constitutional right."With abortion, there are no solutions or winners," the Rev. Beryl T. Choi, associate rector of Ca…

Bad for business but good for health.That was the early line on Gov. Cuomo's proposal to increase so-called "sin taxes."Cuomo's proposed budget for the 1989-1990 fiscal year includes increased taxes for cigarettes, alcohol, as well as new taxes on tobacco products. Drivers who smoke and drink are out of luck. The proposed budget also includes new taxes on car batterie…

A team of American doctors, including a Buffalo orthopedic surgeon, will fly to Armenia starting later this week to help care for children injured in the Armenian earthquake.The physicians plan to create a permanent rehabilitation center at a hospital in Yerevan, where many of the survivors of the Dec. 7 quake were taken, and to take children back to the United States…

Three local nursing homes will share nearly $500,000 in state grants for developing new programs to improve the care and lives of residents with dementia.The projects will vary from offering more education to nursing-home staff to finding new ways to minimize memory loss among residents with Alzheimer's, a progressive brain disease that can eventually lead to total in…

The number of Erie County residents with sexually transmitted diseases has held steady despite sharp increases in syphilis and antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea in other parts of the state and country."Erie County has always been a place where we've contained infection. We peaked in 1978, and it has remained steady," said Richard Huber, the state supervisor for the contr…

Three local nursing homes will share nearly $500,000 in state grants for developing new programs to improve the care and lives of residents with dementia.The projects will vary from offering more education to nursing-home staff to finding new ways to minimize memory loss among residents with Alzheimer's, a progressive brain disease that can eventually lead to total in…

A good sum of time and money is needed, but researchers should eventually settle whether abortion affects a woman's mental and physical health.So concluded Surgeon General C. Everett Koop after informing President Reagan that a study by the surgeon general's office couldn't answer the question. Brenda N. Major, an associate psychology professor at the State University…

Roswell Park Memorial Institute will close two units because of a state hiring freeze that has led to its lowest staffing levels in nine years.The cancer center's 26-bed urology and neurosurgery unit will close at the end of this month, and staff and patients will be shifted to other parts of the hospital because of a shortage of nurses and clerical help.Roswell Park …

The question, says Margaret Mary Wagner, is how acute does the nursing shortage have to get before something is done about it?Ms. Wagner, administrator of the Hamburg Health Care Center, fears it may take personal tragedies among families with patients in hospitals and nursing homes before her question is answered."Token gestures won't work anymore," she told a group …

Western New York hospitals, especially rural ones, face a difficult time complying with stringent new regulations resulting from a revamping of the state Hospital Code, according to area hospital officials.The new code is considered a push toward excellence in medical care in New York, but shortages of money and personnel will make compliance difficult, they say.The r…

With the help of a $60,000 study, the Health Systems Agency of Western New York hopes to find out who will care for all the Alzheimer's patients and how it will be done.The regional health planning agency for hospitals, nursing homes and psychiatric services will need some practical solutions for what promises to be a vexing problem.Alzheimer's disease progressively a…