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A pair of doctors in the Northtowns have started to perform an procedure to ease problems caused by an enlarged prostate for men who don't tolerate medication well and are concerned about potentially more damaging options. The UroLift prostate stents used in the procedure allow the urologists to peel open enlarged prostates without using heat or cutting devices – two …

The AARP Foundation says keys to the prevention of social isolation involve efforts to stay or get socially active, nurture relationships, and find and use local resources. Experts say that adequate transportation, support groups and programs that can help keep minds and bodies sharp also support a purpose-driven life. Here are three steps older Western New Yorkers can …

Judy Brody once imagined a different life in her older age. The retired teacher and her husband, Philip, a successful accountant, hoped to spend a long retirement together in similar ways as the years beforehand. They would share laughs and meals with friends and family members. Escape Buffalo winters at their second home in Florida. Spend summer days sailing on Lake…

Tiny Williamsville, population 6,000, has been affected by the opioid crisis, just like most towns, villages and cities. Thirty-four Amherst and Williamsville residents died of opioid related overdoses from 2014 until 2016, according to the Erie County Health Department. "We've got a problem ... it's a suburban problem as much as it's an urban problem," Mayor Bria…

The Erie County Medical Center computer shutdown that began Sunday has started to affect patient operations, a hospital official said, but ECMC expects to start bringing its computer system back online Thursday. The shutdown followed the detection of a virus Sunday that hospital officials still decline to confirm as a ransomware attack. The loss of the computer network…

The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County this week encouraged donations to help at-risk mothers and their babies as it kicked off its eighth annual Community Baby Shower. Typical baby necessities including diapers, wipes, digital thermometers and baby board books are needed for Erie County’s youngest residents. They are being sought for the program that will run th…

Erie County Medical Center officials say a virus that has shut down the hospital's entire computer network since early Sunday morning has not affected the care delivered to patients or nursing home residents. The hospital has accepted all incoming patients and has moved ahead with all scheduled surgical procedures, said Peter Cutler, an ECMC spokesman. Hospital and nu…

The move of the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center from West Seneca to the grounds of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center is proceeding, but that hasn’t prevented two legislators from trying to stop it. Assemblyman Michael P. Kearns Tuesday asked for a federal investigation into deaths at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. Documents obtained under the Freedom…

By Judith Whitehead - Contributing Writer If you have diabetes – Type 1-insulin dependent or Type 2-non-insulin dependent – you may be at risk for eye disease. It is imperative that those with diabetes get a dilated eye exam every year to check for eye health as well as overall health. The eyes are the only place in the body that circulation can be viewed with…

Neighbors of a proposed Amherst drug treatment clinic that will dispense methadone are criticizing how little information they've received about the project and are pressuring town officials to do whatever they can to keep it from opening. Catholic Health System is moving the clinic from its current site on Sheridan Drive around the corner to 910 Millersport Highway an…

A program for new parents, two holistic health presentations, and a pair of family health fairs are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. xxx MONDAY Addictions support: Helping Every Life Live On (HELLO), 6:30 p.m., Hamburg Community Center, …

You know about that staid atmosphere you experience when you watch a major tennis tournament on television? College contests played around the country – including at Miller Tennis Center in Amherst – aren’t like that. “The kids, our members, everybody gets into the matches here,” owner and master teaching professional Todd Miller said. “They sit in the lobby…

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…

Fourth-grader Katerine Cassidy had her doubts about running until she found out she could do it in the hallways at school. "We get to do that when the weather is bad," said Katerine, 9, one of more than two dozen students at Forest Elementary who will spend the next several weeks in the Williamsville school's Girls on the Run program. Twice-weekly gatherings teach th…