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ALBANY  – The State Senate has passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, which would add dentists to the state's "Doctors Across New York" program, Young reported Tuesday. The bill would allow the State Department of Health to recruit and provide financial incentives for dentists to work in communities that lack dental care. "We have a real short…

State health officials have issued an advisory that some people may have been exposed to measles May 11-12 at four locations, including Niagara Falls. A tourist from India with measles visited the locations, according to the Health Department. People lacking immunity or who are not sure if they have been vaccinated should contact their physician if they develop measl…

More than half of upstate New Yorkers believe that people show concern and caring for those with mental illness, although many with mental health issues don’t sense that this is the case, according to a new Univera Healthcare report. The Western New York insurer used self-reported survey data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, and fou…

NIAGARA FALLS – The Wound Center of Niagara has quite a few reliable tools to treat some of the most stubborn wounds that people can have, though only a few have shown the potential of Aurix. "Right now, it's a trial treatment, not a standard therapy," said Dr. Michal Mitchell, one of seven physicians affiliated with the wound center. "It's a unique trial because it's…

Richard Fink was an All-High first baseman who weighed about 165 pounds when he played for the Bennett High School baseball team during the mid-1970s. He spent the 1980s and ’90s playing Muni and suburban hardball with teams based near his Getzville home, as well as pickup basketball up to three times a week. “I’m very competitive,” he said. Fink, 62, has wor…

Eric Fenar is a Type 1 diabetic who exercises regularly, rigorously measures his blood sugar levels and takes other steps to stay healthy. Still, he says, "In life, it's tough to eat tofu and salad and grilled chicken every day." He likes Asian food, pizza and beer too much for that. This is why Fenar has become one of the biggest volunteer pitchmen in the co…

Hydrangeas, lilacs and sugar and spice foamflowers are among the 18 plant varieties that will add a new touch to Kenmore Mercy Hospital this summer. Visitors will be able to visit a new healing garden lined with lanterns, wooden tables and benches, and take a seat near a bubbling, obelisk-style fountain. Five “rocks” sprinkled among the foliage – actually speakers…

Eight people have died from suspected drug overdoses in Erie County since Saturday, and another three suspected fatal overdoses occurred in surrounding counties, the Erie County Health Department said Monday. Dr. Gale R. Burstein, the county's health commissioner, was not specific about which surrounding counties had the deaths. In Buffalo, three people died from sus…

Early week bike rides, midweek fundraisers, and meaningful weekend events are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Meet at 5:30 p.m., roll at 6:30 p.m., Massachusetts Avenue Park, near Shields Avenue. Roughly…

There was something about the healing vibration of the balaphon that made Jordan Dicioccio want to express herself. “Wah, wah, ya, new coco, everybody, everybody bring your Calabash,” she chanted along with fellow cancer survivors as drum instructor Griffith Brady struck the wooden planks of the African-inspired xylophone. “I’d never heard of the instrument b…

Following is a weekly listing of coming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submissions …

It’s hard to figure out which group of people in the forefront of the opioid epidemic disgust Dr. Richard D. Blondell the most. The drug companies that enriched themselves developing painkillers and sending out legions of sales reps to flood doctors' offices with the narcotics? Outlier “writer” doctors who only take cash to see patients, charge more than the go…

Women who have continuous support through pregnancy and delivery are less likely to undergo a C-section, or need medications to induce labor or ease pain during the birthing process. They also are more likely to be satisfied with the overall process. Shannon Johns points to these findings – from a 2012 Cochrane review on the use of continuous support for women during …