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Scott Scanlon

Scott Scanlon is an award-winning reporter who is editor of WNY Refresh, which focuses on health, fitness, nutrition and family matters. He is aware of the contradictions that may appear to come from writing pieces here and there about beer, wine and travel. He does so in moderation.


Lukas Napier, 19, of Lewiston, has battled neurofibromatosis since he was a child but the tumors that now riddle parts of his body didn’t start showing up in force until about two years ago.On the bright side, as he tackles the genetic disease that affects cell growth in the nervous system, he has a team of people on his side: his mother and the medical staff at Women & Ch…

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“We have a disease management system in this country, not a health care system.”This is the mantra of Dr. Andrew Weil, an integrative medicine specialist in Arizona who preaches a holistic approach to healthy living.Margaret Tuerk is among his fans, as are other practitioners who have almost filled the new Complete Wellness Arts and Science Center near the Buffalo-Cheektow…

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Karl Siebert had five people on staff six years ago when he became director of wellness program operations for BlueCross BlueShield of WNY. Today he has 30 wellness coordinators, specialists and health coaches.That doesn’t include two who left: Courtney Moskal, a registered dietitian, and Marie Pidanick, a personal trainer, who both took new jobs last spring at Walsh Duffi…

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Yajuan Xiang has been on an extended journey that many Americans could never even imagine.At age 18, she left Urumqi – the capital city of Xinjiang Province in northwest China, along the borders of Russia, Pakistan and Mongolia – and went to college in the Chinese capital city of Beijing.Then, seven years ago, she got on a plane with about 20 other Chinese nationals and he…

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Beets boiled on a stove in the kitchen on a recent Friday at Curly’s Grill and Banquet Center in Lackawanna. Butter, garlic and heavy cream sat ready for use nearby.Black beans, sea salt and packets of salmon were part of the kitchen accompaniments, too, as were plastic containers filled with walnuts, pickled onions and arugula.What you order at Curly’s is your business, a…

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Kettle bells, resistance bands and free weights take up some of the floor space inside Stretch Pilates & Fitness, as does a stationary bike, Stairmaster, treadmill and Nordic Track – but in this gym, Pilates rules.Larissa Mychaskiw is the Pilates master here, and puts her students through various positions on four Pilates reformers, three chairs and a trapeze table – all u…

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Tess Fraser plans to run around Delaware Park in her underwear Saturday, and she'd like you to join her.She doesn't mind a little embarrassment if it can save lives.Losing your mother to colon cancer can do that to someone.“There are a lot of cancers that sneak up on you, but colon cancer is not one of them,” said Fraser, chairwoman of the Buffalo Undy 5000, a 5K race and …

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What do heart disease, gastrointestinal problems and psoriasis have in common?This isn’t the start of a bad joke. Researchers have long known that inflammation plays a key role in all those conditions – and many more – and are working on several fronts to find ways to tamp it down.When it comes to the skin condition, Dr. Robert Kalb has been a key medical foot soldier.Kalb…

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Death hardly seems the best subject for holiday dinner conversation, but Dr. Patricia Bomba insists upon it every Thanksgiving.Some of her family members found it uncomfortable the first time around, but learned in the roughly two decades since that it’s better to have a good feel for what lies ahead, before family pressures build in the waning months, days and hours of a …

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Donna Cummiskey is a financial manager who has worked in the University at Buffalo medical sciences for 15 years.She always wondered how doctors with ties to the university found their research subjects, but the curiosity took on a personal tone during the last couple of years, after she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and specialists discovered a brain tumor in the dau…

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Dr. Leonard Kaplan, a former Army captain, has served in a peacekeeping zone, so it came as no surprise last year that he would emerge as the new leader of Buffalo Spine and Sports Medicine, which has offices in Batavia, Lockport, Orchard Park and Williamsville.Kaplan, 47, joined the practice as part of a fellowship in 2002, and grew under the tutelage of Drs. Frederick Mc…

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Most hallways in Roswell Park Cancer Institute sport pastel-painted walls and colorful prints designed to brighten the mood, but not those in the Tobacco Research Laboratory squeezed into the back of the hospital. Here, green-and-white-streaked resilient flooring and faux brick walls give the place the feel of a 1960s classroom wing.Maciej L. Goniewicz, 36, a Polish-born r…

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The statistics on suicide in this country are staggering, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:• Every 13.7 minutes, someone dies by suicide.• Nearly 1 million people attempt it every year.• Ninety percent of people who die by suicide have a diagnosable and treatable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death. And although most depressed people …

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When it comes to obesity in Western New York, there’s good news and bad news.The good news: Those on the front lines see falling rates of obesity in preschoolers, mirroring a national trend.The bad news: Those rates, as well as obesity in all other age ranges, continue at epidemic proportions.“With so many chronic diseases, the center point you can tie back to is obesity,”…

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The small collection of workers who sit in the back corner of the Tops Markets corporate office is all business when it comes to weight loss.For two years running, the core of the group has used a strategy to best dozens of other teams in a “Lose to Win” competition against fellow employees, as well as a pair of other companies in Amherst. They’ve done so with a strategy t…