Yoga and meditation with a Christian twist, a pair of Saturday winter farm markets and and a talk on how to make 2017 your healthiest year yet are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family in the region. MONDAY Yoga for seniors: 10:45 a.m.; and same time Wednesday, West Side Community Services, 161 Vermont St. G…

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…

LOCKPORT – Niagara County's total number of confirmed Legionnaires' Disease cases this year is up to 37, but the county public health director said Friday that could be attributable to more testing for the disease. Daniel J. Stapleton said 25 of the 37 cases are in the City or Town of Lockport, with the number of confirmed fatalities at two. Niagara County had onl…

TUSCARORA NATION — Jay Clause is well-known on the Tuscarora Nation for many reasons. He served in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division. He was a fearless ironworker until he was forced into retirement in 1989 by injuries. He and his wife of 56 years, Teresa, have taught generation of Tuscaroras about their nation’s history. But there was another, more anon…

Individuals renewing or buying health insurance for next year on the New York State Department of Health marketplace must do so by Dec. 15. Here are some tips for those who look to renew coverage: Read your renewal notice from the marketplace. Carefully follow instructions within the notice. It may ask you to contact the marketplace directly or update your account…

Ron Golden entered the decade flying high. He had a nearly six-figure income as a collections agency supervisor. A wife and two kids. A nice house in Orchard Park and two cars in the driveway. But he couldn’t kick a painkiller addiction that started a few years earlier after a car crash. “The drugs were controlling me,” he said. “That was my life. I went from Lorta…

Charles W. Burns enlisted in the U.S. Air Force a quarter century ago and worked as an electronics specialist on the cruise missile program during Operation Desert Storm. But his interests turned to health care after he returned to his native Western New York and enrolled in the biomedical technology program at Erie Community College. “We had to take anatomy and physi…

Here's a heart-stopping reality - more people suffer from heart attacks in the Buffalo Niagara region than in most other major metropolitan areas in the country. The region ranked 16th-worst among 190 communities for reported incidents of heart attacks, according to a recently released Gallup survey report. Six percent of Buffalo Niagara residents reported having a …

Imagine ... nothing. That is the point of flotation therapy. You put in ear plugs, take off your clothes, and lie floating in a tank of salt water, in complete darkness, for an hour, an hour and a half. I never planned on trying it. I saw a flotation tank on "The Simpsons." The cartoon tanks looked like coffins. They put a cinderblock on Homer's, so he couldn't g…

Thomas Schmieder was suffering from pain in his ear, making him wonder whether he should seek medical help in an emergency room. Then, just outside the door of the downtown bus station on a raw Tuesday night, medical help came to him. [Gallery: UB HEALS at work] Dr. Jacob Ramseyer and Moudi Hubeishy, a UB medical student, greeted Schmieder, who described his sympt…

Erie County Legislator Patrick B. Burke has been trying for two years to get legislation passed outlawing gay conversion therapy. And he's finally found someone who might help him get it done: Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Since submitting a proposed local law last week and naming it PENCE – Prevention of Emotional Neglect and Child Endangerment – the bill h…

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) in East Aurora seeks individuals, families, businesses and organizations to “adopt” a deserving family during the holiday season. “This Christmas season we anticipate assisting 12 to 15 families who are actively pursuing their goals toward self-sufficiency,” ROC Executive Director Frank Cerny said in a news release. “Those recei…

Briana Jegier, assistant professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at D’Youville College, is co-author of a new study that shows breast-feeding is critical to mother’s health. Breast-feeding as recommended – for a total of one year and exclusively for six months – could protect babies and their moms from premature death and serious diseases a…

Hope Lodge has been offering free lodging to cancer patients and their caregivers in Buffalo since 1984, but the home away from home for many families now is scheduled to close next year. The American Cancer Society, which operates about 30 Hope Lodges across the country, is citing financial reasons for its decision to close the Buffalo location on Jan. 15. The organ…