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Now that a bill that would keep the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca has passed the State Legislature, two local lawmakers are urging the governor to sign the bill. "Sign the bill, save the children," said Assemblyman Michael P. Kearns, D-Buffalo. "It's not hard governor." The Assembly passed the bill unanimously on Thursday. The Senate h…

For three or four hours, six days a week, Scott Zelasko walks on the track, pedals on a sitting elliptical and exercises in the pool at the YMCA in Amherst. On Thursday, he found a surprise in the place where he's spent years retraining his brain after a 2005 stroke paralyzed half his body, stole his peripheral vision and threatened to leave him in a nursing home. It…

After Rebecca Florio lost a sister to breast cancer nearly two decades ago, she learned that she doesn’t appear to have a genetic predisposition to the disease. That didn’t mean she was invincible, however, so she continued to get an annual mammogram. When she was diagnosed last November, she was in the early stage. “It was surreal, really quite a shock – and…

The Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP) Mobile Market has resumed its routes in the Ellicott and Masten districts to provide fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables to underserved communities. MAP’s urban farm on Massachusetts Avenue and local partner farms, including Oles Family Farm in Alden, supply produce for the Mobile Market. For the first time, the market also w…

The Batavia VA Medical Center will host a PTSD Awareness event in Batavia on Thursday morning, June 15. “Take a Knee on PTSD” is open to veterans and their families as well as the general public, veteran advocates and other community partners. The purpose is to increase awareness of the health issues surrounding PTSD and potential treatment options. Some peopl…

A Clarence preschool will host an open house and a basket raffle from 6 to 9 p.m. June 16. Families, including children, are welcome to attend the event at Sweet Charlottes, 10255 Main St. “Sweet Charlottes is a space for children of all ages and abilities to play, explore and experience,” owner Molly Pitman said in a news release. “In addition to offering open…

Westermeier Martin Dental Care will provide free dental care at its East Aurora office on June 16. Dentistry from the Heart, which will provide basic dental care to low-income families on a walk-in basis, will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 950 Main St. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Those who plan to seek dental care are asked to br…

By Judith Whitehead –  Contributing Writer How do I know If I have chosen the right doctor? There are many choices out there to pick a doctor, whether it be a primary general practitioner or a specialty or sub-specialty doctor. How can we be sure if we have chosen the right one? Some people only need to go to one type of doctor during their lifetime but they ar…

WNY Refresh will publish its annual cover story about outdoor summer fitness June 24. It will include a listing of related daily, weekly and special events.. Those planning such events who would like to be included in the listing should email the following information to refresh@buffnews.com by June 19: Name of the event, a short description of the fitness or family act…

A Slow Roll that starts in Larkinville, family help with addiction, and the introduction of yoga at the Elmwood Village Farmers Market are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Slow Roll: Riders gather at 5:30 p.m. and ride starts at 6 sharp on Monday at Larkin Square, 745 Seneca…

Federal authorities are investigating whether CCS Oncology, one of the region's largest and most prominent providers of cancer care, defrauded taxpayers out of millions of dollars a year, The Buffalo News has learned. In addition to the federal investigation, a whistleblower has filed a related civil lawsuit against CCS arguing the practice's physicians and other staffe…

Tawan Slaughter has tried to do her part to nurture young basketball players since her standout career as a point guard at Christian Central Academy and SUNY Buffalo State in the early 2000s. Slaughter – owner of the 716ers semi-pro men’s basketball team and a physical education and health teacher at King Center Charter School – runs a summer camp for boys and gir…

The tears we cry from peeling an onion are different than our tears of joy or sorrow. The latter tend to contain hormones to lift our spirits or ease our pain. “They’re 50 percent water and 50 percent love,” said David Kessler, a leading grief and healing expert who will lead daylong seminars in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse next week. The pain that comes …

Interesting things happened to Joel Solly after he joined and helped establish an indoor air cleaning company in 1993 and spent a couple of years perfecting how to clean ventilation ducts without using harsh chemicals. He found out the same proprietary tea tree oil blend he developed for Indoor Air Professionals made a great air purifying gel, spray and wipes for use on…