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The Road 2 Recovery 5K Mental Health Run and Wellness Walk – A Superhero Run! starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday at St. George Catholic Church and Delaware Park.The only race/walk in Western New York dedicated to mental health awareness will be hosted by Compeer of Greater Buffalo and the Mental Health Association of Erie County. The organizations, along with the mental health a…

By Scott ScanlonRefresh EditorJoanne E. Haefner is feeling pretty good these days.The Neighborhood Health Center executive director just oversaw a $1.5 million renovation of the nonprofit’s headquarters on Lawn Street in Riverside and has watched two other locations – the Mattina center on the West Side and the Southtowns OB/GYN center in Hamburg – help a growing num…

Joanne Haefner, right, executive director of the Neighborhood Health Center, talks with Dr. Ferdinand Yates, center medical director, in their newly remodled digs on Lawn Street. New renovations have added clinical and staff space and included fresh coats of paint one staffer has described as "like being bathed in hot chocolate every day," (Sharon Cantillon/Buff…

By Marie McCulloughThe Philadelphia InquirerPHILADELPHIA — If you were unaware caffeine was creeping into foods until recently, when Wrigley was blasted for putting the stimulant in a new gum, here’s the latest buzz: The growing list of so-called energy foods includes such famous names as Frito-Lay’s Cracker Jack’D. There’s also Jelly Belly Extreme Sport Beans, H…

  Talk about feeling unwanted. When I started reporting today’s Refresh cover story – on the quest of helping the unprepared find a medical specialist – I got a small taste of what it’s like to feel like a stranger in a very impersonal land. Calls to doctor’s offices themselves were pretty similar. They started with a recorded voice. No, I was…

By Scott ScanlonRefresh EditorEileen Tramont chokes up when she talks about what new customers ask when they first come into her business, AuNaturel Boutique in Amherst.Most are women who recently had breast cancer surgery.“There is a confidence issue, being comfortable in your clothing,” Tramont says. “Many women come in here and say, ‘I don’t even want to look …

By Heidi StevensChicago TribuneYour 18-year-old texts you for help dozens of times per day. Is this the new normal?Parent advice (from our panel of staff contributors):My wife and I were in a college admission meeting when one son – not the prospective candidate – repeatedly rang my wife’s cellphone until we finally picked up. “Where’s the butter?” he asked. In…

Scott ScanlonRefresh EditorDr. Michael D. Merrill, a primary care doctor in Batavia, explains a doctor visit this way:“Every 15 minutes, you have an hour of work to do. So it ends up being like working in fast food. And yet it has to be done for the public good, and it’s still a good job, as far as jobs go, so I’m not complaining – I’m just explaining. You have t…

It’s that time of year for farmers’ markets, outdoor pot lucks and, of course, brats on the grill. With a bit of vigilance, you can make this a wonderful summer you’ll treasure because “nothing bad happened.”The “bad” here is injury stuff. A safe summer is just like safe sex – take precautions and you’ll reduce the risk. The downside to this advice is tha…

The message we often get when it comes to navigating the ever more complex world of medical care is that we need to seize control of our health and wellness by blazing our way through the system like a hearty American pioneer. But here's one part of health care where rugged independence will do little to serve you: finding a doctor in short supply in Western New York. …

Food allergies are skyrocketing in North America and around the world.Rates in children and teens have gone up 50 percent in the past 15 years, to 1 in 20, one new report says. And today’s numbers could be even higher: A recent survey of 38,000 parents found that 1 in 13 kids have had mild to life-threatening reactions to everyday foods including milk, eggs, nuts, wheat …

By Danielle BraffChicago TribuneWe’ve been told to stand up straight as long as we’ve been able to stand, but sometimes it’s harder than it seems.We know why we should do it. Good posture looks good, feels good and makes us look slimmer. On the flip side, studies have linked poor posture with lower self-esteem, depression and back pain.But, sometimes, posture pointer…

MONROE, Wisc. – Want to feel better and lose a few pounds this summer?One big way is to do your best to avoid fast foods. Here’s how Scott Ryan Tischler, of Tischler Brothers Fitness, recommends you do both:1. Start exercising a few days a week: Remember to start slowly when starting a new workout program. If your body experiences any unusual pain, stop immediately and…

By Catherine Mallette / Baltimore sunRight from the start, I knew we would have problems in our relation- ship. We were too much alike, he and I. Type A. Achievers. The kind who love lists and checking things off. The kind who love control.And yet, as the new year rolled in with all its resolutions and promises of change, I made a commitment to him. I downloaded the app to…

Walkers sought for Light the NightTeams of walkers and team captains are being recruited for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk to be held in Delaware Park on Sept. 27. A luncheon for team captains will be held at noon Thursday at Chef’s Restaurant, 291 Seneca St., where they will meet the chapter’s Light the Night patient ambassadors and have t…