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"Solo," the new "Star Wars" movie, is bound to be brimming with special effects. But at Dipson Flix Stadium 10 in Lancaster, when the movie opens May 25, the biggest visual miracle won't be on the movie screen. That miracle will be in the crowd. Ronan Christian, 12, will be watching the movie with his parents and 17-year-old brother, Aidan. Until just weeks ago, Rona…

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Outdoor fitness classes, health-related author talks and healthy food truck options have become popular fare as Larkin Square has ramped up its wellness offerings during the last six years. Visitors welcome better weather with free use of Hula-Hoops, pickleball courts and a mini-golf course in the revitalized neighborhood several blocks east of downtown. Larkin Square l…

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Concern over the growing threat of tick-borne illnesses has prompted state leaders to announce a new, aggressive tick control plan and hold a Lyme disease summit this summer. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also announced plans  to raise awareness about the dangers of these diseases, particularly among hunters and hikers – two groups most likely to encounter ticks – and reduce tick n…

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Today, collecting a blood sample for testing typically requires a phlebotomist drawing blood from the patient with a needle at a lab or doctor's office, packing up and refrigerating the sample and shipping it overnight through the mail. Howard Lee, the founder of Seroclinix, said he's come up with a cheaper and easier way to obtain samples for testing. Patients using…

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Slow Roll Buffalo will offer two rides this week and Cornell Cooperative Extension master gardeners will present their annual plant sale. Registration for the Buffalo Marathon closed at the end of the weekend but you can still sign up for a related 5K. These are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in …

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With Memorial Day approaching and summer ramping up, it is important to remember that spending time in the sun means protecting your skin from its harmful rays. Rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, have increased by 800 percent among young women and 400 percent among young men in the U.S. in the last 40 years, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. …

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Yoga teacher in training Ashley Feneziani wasn't sure she was ready to lead her first class at Turning Point House, an addictions recovery center for men in the Southtowns. "When I go to yoga classes, it's usually me surrounded by a group of other women in Spandex pants," said Feneziani, a high school French teacher in the Williamsville school district. Turning Point…

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HEAL Bflo co-founders Cheryl Erbacher and Jocelyn Kowalczyk have seen the powerful connections yoga can forge as they've organized a series of community wellness events during the last four years. Two visits by Dan Nevins stand out. Nevins lost both his legs to an improvised explosive device nearly 14 years ago in Iraq. He reluctantly tried Baptiste yoga four years ago,…

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Test results for HIV and hepatitis C will be available in 20 minutes at a new "express clinic" in the Niagara County Sexual Health Center, the county Health Department announced Tuesday. The center is the county's rebranded former sexually transmitted disease clinic in the Trott Access Center, 1001 11th St., Niagara Falls. Every Wednesday starting May 23, the express…

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Slow Roll Buffalo, Food Truck Tuesday and the Elmwood Village Farmers Market continue their new seasons this week, and Bishop Timon will host its first Tiger Trot 5K. These are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Riders can start to gather at 5:30 p.m. fo…

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"Person-centered care" is a buzz term in health care circles but its principles hold true in other arenas, too. Take housing. West Side & Black Rock-Riverside Neighborhood Housing Services will unfurl its second annual Vet Fest next weekend, part of a growing attempt to bolster communities where it offers grants and loans for first-time homebuyers and those looking …

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Nanette Pohle often finds the greatest meaning in foster parenting when it's time to give babies back to authorities so they can be returned to parents, who've addressed their troubling circumstances. Many of these babies were born addicted to drugs. They're irritable, clingy, and comforted only by the swaddling of Pohle, her husband Kevin, and their two daughters, Gret…

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Anne Walters quit nursing school the day her first patient handed her a pair of just-used dentures. It was enough to make her realize that the human condition presents itself in all of its forms when people are vulnerable and feel lousy. She wasn't up for that – yet still told her youngest daughter to pursue a nursing career. "My mom wanted me to be a nurse so I w…

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An agreement signed Wednesday will make it easier for Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center nurses to comply with a state law that takes effect in June 2020 requiring all new registered nurses to have bachelor's degrees within 10 years of obtaining a license. Memorial will allow Niagara University to offer nursing courses at the hospital, starting this fall. Seventy …