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The 101 cyclists who participated in the Empire State Ride – a seven-day, 546-mile adventure across New York State – raised more than $500,000 to support cancer research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The ride started July 30 with a view of the Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island Ferry and ended last Saturday in Niagara Falls, where they were greeted at the …

Emily Delnicki was in her sophomore year in a New York City college when she woke up one morning with the worst stomach pain in her life. "I had no idea what was going on," she said. "My roommate wasn't there. I could barely stand up. I felt so sick." The Williamsville native did what most students do when something goes wrong away from home. She called her mom. D…

The state Department of Education has approved a Daemen College request to offer a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis (ABA) starting in the fall, making it the only state-approved ABA graduate program in New York. The master’s program, under the direction of Vicki Madaus Knapp, assistant professor of education, will provide comprehensive graduate training …

Outdoor fitness events at Canalside will spill into Labor Day weekend but Independent Health Fitness in the Parks classes in favorite outdoor spots across the region will take place in the coming days. They are among family, fitness, health and wellness, and nutrition events in the next week in Western New York. FAMILY
 Family Fun Day. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, next…

Cipriana Lopez has been out of work for a year, and her employment prospects seemed dim until she learned about a medical interpreter training program in Buffalo. It was a perfect fit for Lopez, a native of the Dominican Republic who easily switches between Spanish and English. She was one of 38 people – many of them immigrants – to complete last month the free, …

Neighborhood Health Center has opened its newest site in Blasdell, marking the nonprofit community health care organization's fourth location in Western New York. The 38,000-square-foot site is in a former Jubilee Supermarket that was converted into a medical facility at 4233 Lake Ave. It's aimed at expanding services for patients in Blasdell, Lackawanna and South Bu…

A Cheektowaga gym owner and partner who two years ago created an online fitness training website recently added an app to their repertoire. Brandon Monin, owner of One Up Sports and Wellness in the Holiday Twin Rinks on Broadway, and Ryan Malinowski launched their Prolific Fitness app in April. They honed it during late spring and early summer for clients mostly across…

An outdoor film, outdoor fitness and the heart of the Erie County Fair are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Erie County Fair: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. today through Sunday (midway hours 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.), Erie County Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway. Special events include $5 a…

Kenneth Bossert has seen a shift in the ages and backgrounds of patients in his 15 years at the DART methadone clinic in downtown Buffalo but an unfortunate truth that remains: Many who continue to come to the Main Street facility are infected with the deadly Hepatitis C virus. Patients will come in for methadone up to seven days a week, Bossert said, "but regrettably, …

Boston, New York City and Portland, Ore., are often heralded for their community walkability. Batesville, Ark.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Albert Lea, Minn.? Not so much. But those three communities are among those that have signed on to the principles of America Walks, a national organization that advocates safety and community well-being when it comes to pedestria…

Here are five activities in Western New York that can help you get out and walk: 1. Walking on Wednesday: Brisk, 30-minute walk at noon Wednesdays through August, Kaminski Park outside Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm and Carlton streets. 2. Building a Healthy Buffalo Community Panel: The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo will host a presentation by Buffalo Cit…

Denise Fargino was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis three years ago, about the time her daughter Melissa started a job as a bartender at SkyBar. "We knew for years that something was wrong," Melissa Fargino said. "She went from walking 3 ½ miles a day to barely being able to walk down her driveway and back." The younger Fargino felt alone and disoriented by the dia…

The world’s top professional eater gobbled down 72 hot dogs last month to win his ninth Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island. Joey Chestnut will look to do something a lot healthier at the Erie County Fair on Sunday: capture his first Kale Cup. Chestnut, dubbed “the greatest eater in history," will compete against 11 fellow competitive eaters, includ…

One of the largest wellness practices in Western New York announced it will close its offices in Cheektowaga and Dunkirk to create a “destination wellness center” for integrative health care in East Aurora. Cardea Health Integrative plans to open its new site on East Main Street in early October. “It has been a long-standing dream of ours to be able to improve …

Patients who expressed a specific tumor antigen had more aggressive cancers and were more likely to die early from their disease, according to a large study conducted by Roswell Park Cancer Institute researchers and published in the journal Gynecologic Oncology. “This is the largest study of NY-ESO-1 expression in ovarian cancer patients, and the first time that expre…