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Families expecting a new baby or who already have one are invited to four Healthy Baby Festivals in coming weeks. Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program will host the free events, which offer activities for children and information for parents from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following days: Dunkirk: Tuesday in Washington Park. Buffalo…

Wintertime – especially the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays – tends to be a time when Western New Yorkers are most apt to turn their attention to helping support the Food Bank of Western New York. Those at Congregation Shir Shalom and Calvary Episcopal Church in  Amherst understand, however, that summertime can be a heavier burden for families that include childre…

There are many threads to pull when it comes to determining why prescription drugs cost as much as they do – and how they can be made more affordable for the governments and billions of people who depend on them, at least in part, for their health and wellness. I looked to hit the high points with the main story in this week's Refresh coverage, but found several other…

A judge has ruled construction can continue at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center to pave the way for the WNY Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca to be moved there. Appellate Court Judge Patrick H. NeMoyer on Thursday stayed a temporary restraining order issued earlier in the week by a lower court that barred Gov. Andrew Cuomo from vetoing a bill that would keep W…

Juliana Keeping, of Oklahoma City, had to pay $1,000 out of pocket – five times – for a drug that prevented her 4-year-old son from catching a severe cold that could have had a catastrophic effect on his cystic fibrosis. Her insurer denied payment for the treatment, citing a 1960s study on handwashing. Tanya Koller, 53, of Schenectady, has battled diabetes for decad…

Batavia native Greg Watson wasn't sure what he might like to do after he landed his bachelor's degree in business administration from SUNY Fredonia State and moved back home. His mother is a retired nurse, his father a retired liquor salesman. As he filled out applications for more than 200 jobs back in 2003, he saw a classified ad in The Buffalo News for a hearing inst…

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…

The state has awarded a $17 million grant to Kaleida Health to complete the effort to save Lake Shore Hospital in Irving and Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, State Sen. Catharine M. Young announced. Part of the money also will be used to build a new facility to replace the current Brooks Hospital. A site has not yet been selected. The two hospitals, which have st…

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has launched a new program for women expecting a baby and who seek new ways to share the experience – and their obstetrician. “The expecting mothers who participate in CenteringPregnancy here are extremely positive about the difference it makes in their prenatal experience,” Memorial-based physician assistant Laura DeBacco Mal…

Three health agencies will host a daylong Adult Mental Health First Aid training July 21. The class can help families, employers, health professionals and others about how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training provides skills needed to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who ma…

The Town of Amherst has suggested 129 new potential sites for a methadone clinic as alternatives to the controversial 910 Millersport Highway location where Catholic Health wants to provide medication-assisted treatment to patients. But it's not clear whether any of the alternative locations will meet the system's needs. Town Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein said the town…

A state Supreme Court justice has temporarily ordered Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo not to veto a bill that would keep the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca. Judge Catherine Nugent Panepinto also ordered the state to temporarily stop construction and related activities on the planned move of the Children's Psychiatric Center to the grounds of the Buff…

A county fair, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired yoga classes and outdoor roller skating 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 Genesee County Fair: Today to Saturday, 5056 E. Main St. Road, Town of Batavia. Children’s Day will f…

Imagine a Chipotle Grill or Panera Bread for healthy eaters and you get the idea about what a visit to CoreLife in Clarence will be like. Patrons start their culinary journey with ceramic bowls and a base of greens, grains or a soup. Then the staff will dabble on a protein – if you wish – and any number of fresh extras before you get to the cashier. The average c…

Nora OBrien-Suric learned to impact social change at the shoulder of some influential people in the aging field: • Robert N. Butler, a geriatric psychiatrist and founding director of the National Institute on Aging; • Rose Dobrof, a geriatric social worker who established the Brookdale Center on Aging at Hunter College in New York City, where she got her doctorat…