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Nik Rivers has enjoyed plenty of travel, social gatherings and brushes with celebrities during two decades as a radio personality. Until last spring, he had 50 extra pounds to show for his professional career, too. Crazy hours, fast food meals and vending machine snacks were part of the mix at stints at stations in New England, Florida, Albany, Rochester and, for the…

The Seneca Nation of Indians has been awarded a $25,000 Culture of Health Prize by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation for its continuing work to give Senecas across Western New York the opportunity to live healthier lives. The nation announced this week it is one of eight winners out of 200 applicants across the country. Efforts that helped win the prize include an app…

Western New York’s uninsured rate of 3.68 percent is 39 percent lower than the statewide uninsured rate of 6.06 percent and 57 percent lower than the national uninsured rate, according to a Univera Healthcare analysis of new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. “Credit goes to the collaborative environment in Western New York, in which the health systems and the physic…

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming 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 submission…

Hit the gym today. Go for a run. Talk a walk. Do something! If not for yourself, for your community, which ranked sixth from the bottom out of nearly 200 regions across the U.S. in an exercise survey released this week. “There’s lots of challenging work to do,” said Philip L. Haberstro, executive director of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo. “Over ti…

If you knew your genetic makeup, would it help you lose weight? Linda Taylor, a functional medical provider, says yes. The nurse practitioner specializes in helping adults better address chronic health challenges including obesity, and recently started offering a multi-week weight loss program based on genetic testing. "The patient comes in and it's a very quick v…

Unpasteurized raw milk sold at an Orleans County farm may be contaminated by bacteria and should not be consumed, state agriculture officials warned Monday. Milk sold at Martin Yoder Farm on Murdock Road in Medina may be contaminated with Campylobacter jejuni, a common cause of food poisoning, after a sample of the milk was found to be contaminated, according to the sta…

Farmers' markets, a bike ride and several hikes 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 Clinton Bailey Farmers & Flea Market: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; same time other weekdays, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, …

Dr. Bill Thomas, a nationally known figure in senior care, will bring his "Changing Aging" tour to the Amherst Center for Senior Services, with two shows Sept. 18. "Disrupt Dementia" will run from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and "Aging: Life's Most Dangerous Game" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway. Thomas blends medical science, music, art and stor…

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming 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 submission…

"Reversing the Stigma," a documentary film about the history of addiction and how the opioid crisis is being handled in New York state, will be premiered at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Main Lecture Hall at Medaille College, 18 Agassiz Circle. The presentation, sponsored by Save The Michaels of the World and Medaille College, will be free and open to the public.

Stacie Bliss will start nursing school in the spring, something that seemed improbable 18 years ago when doctors at Women & Children's Hospital sent her home for the holidays fearing it might be her last Christmas. Instead, doctors confirmed come the January afterward that her acute lymphoblastic leukemia was in the early stages, and knocked out her cancer in one ro…

After several years of uncertainty, the Buffalo chapter of the American Red Cross can now rest assured it will be staying indefinitely in its Delaware Avenue home – along with some musical accompaniment. John Yurtchuk, a developer and former chairman of the regional Red Cross chapter, is buying the prominent Clement Mansion from the nonprofit he used to lead. In a …

A majority of patients with type 1 diabetes did significantly better at controlling blood sugar when they used insulin and a medicine for type 2 diabetes known as dapagliflozin, a study by University at Buffalo researchers shows. Called DEPICT-1, the study was the first multicenter investigation of dapagliflozin to test its effectiveness and safety in type 1 diabetes. …

The development of therapies designed to block “checkpoints” within the immune system has been one of the most exciting advances in cancer research, but it’s also been one of the most puzzling, leaving researchers to ask: Why don’t these new therapies work for more patients, and for longer periods? A research team from Roswell Park Cancer Institute has shown tha…