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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.


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Can vitamins or specific foods prevent and fight colds and the flu? It depends on who you ask.Many doctors, including Dr. Diana Wilkins, a family physician in the Town of Tonawanda, are skeptical, and say clinical studies have rarely shown specific foods, drugs or supplements have a dramatic effect.Extra vitamin C, echinacea or other supplements “are not going to hurt you …

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Mark Miller never believed, while working as a financial planner at HSBC branches in Niagara County a few years back, that he’d be able to pursue a passion and end up with office space on the 28th floor of the HSBC Tower.That’s what can happen when your company sells off its bank branches, you have to recalculate your future, and you follow a dream, says Miller, a Town of …

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Have you noticed a lot more folks sneezing, wheezing and watery eyed lately while you’ve been at work, school or in public?Despite the glorious weather that has colored most of October, there are some realities in Western New York that are simply inescapable: The honeymoon period for the new Bills and Sabres seasons ended this month. Halloween stores popped up in vacant st…

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Dr. Michael J. Edbauer – the Affordable Care Act pointman for the Catholic Health System – wants most of you to understand this about the looming changes in what often is called Obamacare:They’re unlikely to affect you.That’s because the new health care system was established for the uninsured, and all but about one in 10 Western New Yorkers already has some form of health…

Want to live a longer life?Dr. Zorba Paster, who writes a weekly Saturday column for WNY Refresh, launched the P2 Collaborative conference Tuesday morning giving attendees several pointers on how to do so.The short version: Eat right, exercise and drink alcohol, in moderation, if you can.The best exercise?“What you will do,” said Paster, a family doctor in Madison, Wis., w…

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It’s hard to miss the big pink bus when it pulls alongside the Erie County Medical Center dialysis clinic to plug into the building and start transmitting images it took from the road.Kathleen E. Michienzi is another story. She’s the unassuming breast cancer survivor who manages what officially is called the “mobile mammography coach.”The coach hit the road in July 2012. I…

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During the last quarter century, Sister Diane Gianadda has looked into the eyes of hundreds of exhausted mothers.For the most part, they have been single moms. Poor. Lacking support.Some are grandmothers. Others have cancer. All could use a break – and Gianadda and a host of helpers have obliged.Gianadda, a Franciscan nun who grew up in Buffalo and has lived in Niagara Fal…

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Justin and Lily Booth have three daughters, live in the West Village and barely use their 2003 Honda Civic hybrid these days – not that it hasn’t been used before.It has more than 180,000 miles on it.Bicycles are the preferred mode of travel for the family.“I ride year-round,” said Justin Booth, a 6-foot-9 former Buffalo State College basketball player who leads GObike Buf…

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Paula Yoder-McMahon cut her teeth in the restaurant business before becoming a food broker who worked with retailers across the East Coast. For the last five years, she has been category manager for speciality, ethnic, health and natural products at Tops Markets. It’s up to her and her six-member staff to spot and nurture healthy food trends and food-makers for the 159-sto…

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So, you don’t know the difference between saturated and unsaturated fats? Simple and complex sugars? Which multisyllabic words on food labels are the vitamins and minerals, and which are the unhealthy preservatives?If you’re trying to figure it out at the supermarket – or if you’ve long since surrendered and decided to eat whatever you think might be healthy – a nutritiona…

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Kelly Ann Kowalski has been a nutrition and anti-hunger advocate for more than a decade, and she still can’t believe the Buffalo Public Schools started a Breakfast in the Classroom program two years ago across the district.She also can’t believe that teachers have filed a grievance – which is still being considered – seeking to end a practice that so many anti-poverty supp…

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The office at Applied Sciences Group is both simple and complex.Few partitions fill the space in part of Building 6 on the Calspan campus along Genesee Street in Cheektowaga. An organizational project chart with dozens of potential software design scenarios sits above two white boards in the conference room, which also contains a projector and teleconferencing system that …

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Dr. Douglas Wright didn’t need to look far for inspiration while in orthodontics school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Daily, he walked by a bust of his great-grandfather, Frank Casto, former dean of the school.Wright, 56, didn’t need to look far growing up, either. His father, Laurence, who died two years ago, worked as an orthodontist for decades in Amh…

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Tani Wojcinski is a long way from home, but that hasn’t stopped her from embracing the Southern Tier.Wojcinski, 32, a native of Kauai, Hawaii, is fitness class instructor at Darwin’s Health Club in Fredonia and former wellness coordinator at the Seneca Nation of Indians’ Cattaraugus Community Center. Earlier this year, she co-led the Seneca Weight Loss Challenge, a program…

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When most of us hear that a friend or family member has needed a stent or angioplasty to clear a blocked blood vessel, it usually has involved a place near the heart, or maybe in the head.But there is merit to clearing blocked and restricted vessels in other parts of the body, as well – and the Gates Vascular Institute on the Buffalo Medical Corridor is among the places wh…