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Hodgkin's lymphoma is one of the most curable cancers. But months of chemotherapy can leave patients sick to their stomach and depressed. So when Jillian Murzynski suffered nausea and anxiety from treatment last year, losing 20 pounds on an already thin frame, she kept an open mind after doctors at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center offered her unconventional ther…

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The number of riders using Reddy bikeshare nearly tripled last year, according Shared Mobility Inc., the parent corporation of the Buffalo bikesharing service, and its partner, Independent Health. “While the numbers from 2016 don’t reflect a full season, we are still incredibly excited about the interest and participation during the past year,” said Jennifer White, mark…

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Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo has a message for those who are struggling with mental illness or thoughts of suicide. Tell someone. The Sabres assistant captain has added his voice to the JustTellOne.org project, started 16 months ago by mental health and substance abuse prevention leaders across Western New York to let those struggling with mental illness know t…

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Journey Joy Baker started crawling at 11 months old and walking last week. She smiles often and has spoken her first few words. She's slightly behind a typically developing infant but Journey has had a lot more to overcome since she was born 14 months ago. She has an undeveloped left side of her heart, making it much harder for Journey to pump blood with a force needed …

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Laboratory-confirmed cases of flu continue to increase in Erie County, a sign of the severity of this year's influenza season, public health officials reported Tuesday. The flu season has been driven by type A (H3N2), a flu strain that can lead to more severe illness with more hospitalizations and deaths compared to other flu virus strains. Flu-related hospitalizations …

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The YMCA Buffalo Niagara will launch its 2018 Annual Campaign this week as it looks to raise $768,000 by April 12. Money raised will be used to benefit the Y’s financial assistance program, which last year helped more than 2,800 families take part in programs and services they would otherwise have been unable to afford. The nonprofit serves more than 100,000 people a…

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A trio of long-distance running races whose routes include the Erie Canal towpath in Lockport – one of them a 100-miler – a "Snow Roll" Buffalo bike ride, and a presentation on gluten-free eating are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Cross-country skiing: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. …

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In the summer of 2016, Richard A. Jepson, who lived in the shadow of Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport, contracted Legionnaires' disease and died. Now, his family is trying to hold the hospital accountable for his death. In a lawsuit filed last week in State Supreme Court, Jepson's survivors demanded an unspecified amount of damages from the hospital. Jepson, 6…

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Russell J. Salvatore, the restaurateur behind Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More and Salvatore’s Grand Hotel, is donating $250,000 to Sisters  Hospital to buy more than 250 new TVs and upgrade television service at Sisters and St. Joseph's campuses, Catholic Health announced Monday. "This generous gift will improve room amenities available to patients to help make their…

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Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) has received $5,000 from the Kelly for Kids Foundation. The donation will fund two EPIC car seat safety events this year, including a car seat safety class, a car seat safety checking station, and the replacement of any damaged, recalled or expired car seats, as well as the distribution of car seats to those who don’t have one for…

Staff and volunteers from Niagara Hospice are gearing up for the 2018 Spring Bouquet Sale. The sale will run March 5 to 11, with presale bouquets being ordered throughout this month. Bouquets sell for $8 each, and there is no cost to any organization to participate. Volunteers are an integral part of the sale, preparing materials, selling at community walk up locatio…

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Erie County Medical Center will host a rehabilitation symposium March 10 on its Grider Street campus. Physical and occupational therapists and assistants, as well as speech pathologists and therapy students are encouraged to attend the symposium, entitled “A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Acute Care Patient.” The event starts at 8 a.m. with an update on treatment …

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A pair of Daemen College assistant professors who have studied with some of the top autism experts in the nation have launched a new program at the Amherst school that should help improve autism treatment in the region – and beyond. “There’s just so much hope in what we do,” said Vicki Madaus Knapp, head of the new Applied Behavior Analysis Program. Knapp and Vanessa…

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Doing laundry may not be one of your favorite chores, but it is one of the simplest ways to help prevent cold and flu. Both illnesses are more common in the winter months – and part of the problem may be traced back to your outer winter garments that can harbor microbes. “People tend to not wash things like winter coats or gloves much during the winter,” Dr. James F.…

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The fastest-growing class at Glistening Sky Fitness & Wellness in Delevan used to be called Burlesque. "Some of my oldest son's friends' moms thought we were stripping," owner Tami George-Stevenson said. "You don't want your teenage son thinking that you're stripping, so we rebranded." George-Stevenson, the former health and wellness director at the Wyoming Count…