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When I was a teenager, I just loved loud, brassy sounds. Booming music sent chills through my spine and energy to my soul. I loved groovin’ to the beat. The louder the music, the better.Did I give a hoot about protecting my ears? I was a child of the ’60s. I’ll let you figure out the answer to that question.But now that I’m an adult in my 60s, I look at things differently.…

Walk slated to raise funds for suicide preventionSaturday, family and friends of suicide victims will be joined by other supporters in Delaware Park for the Out of the Darkness suicide prevention and awareness walk. Money raised will go to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. According to the foundation’s website, suicide claims more than 38,000 lives ea…

By Dr. Sue Hubbard

Wed, Sep 11, 2013

Although puberty starts anywhere from age 9 to 16, every teen will eventually experience the hormonal changes and subsequent body changes. That being said, the subject of puberty is still “awkward” for some parents and most of the time it’s a subject children are seldom interested in discussing, either.However, a discussion of puberty is not only necessary for both parent …

MINNEAPOLIS – Robert Tranquillo came to the University of Minnesota in 1987 with a doctorate in chemical engineering and a budding interest in the mechanical forces that help wounds heal.Today, he and his research team stand at the brink of a medical breakthrough – engineering replacement parts for the human circulatory system – and he can just about see the culmination of…

For many parents, that first day of school is emotional. But after the hugs and kisses and the bus pulls away, you are left with a valuable gift: The time to do what you want. A busy summer with the kids around 24/7 can leave you wishing for at least 34 seconds alone. But now that the kids are back at school, you may have a block of time to work with. You can choose to sho…

Eagle House owner Tricia Browne, left, buys some yellow tomatoes and fresh produce from Ken Seabert of Seabert Farms during a recent Williamsville Farmers Market. (John Hickey/Buffalo News) Scott Scanlon – Refresh Editor Tricia Browne’s roots run deep in the Williamsville restaurant trade, so it’s no surprise that she has decided to turn food she buys Saturday mornings …

Your teenage son is painfully shy, which people interpret as rude. How can you help?Parent advice:You could explain to him that others are getting the wrong impression of him. That probably won’t turn him into a latter-day Cary Grant, but it might at least get him thinking. A shy teenage boy is dealing with a lot of issues, so you can’t push him or nag about this. He’ll li…

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The office at Applied Sciences Group is both simple and complex.Few partitions fill the space in part of Building 6 on the Calspan campus along Genesee Street in Cheektowaga. An organizational project chart with dozens of potential software design scenarios sits above two white boards in the conference room, which also contains a projector and teleconferencing system that …

Derek Alessi practices what he preaches when it comes to his "Eat, Eat, Eat" app. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)   By Mary Kunz Goldman – News Staff Reporter Not all healthy-eating apps are food diaries – or from far-flung places. There is a notable exception close to home. Derek Alessi, who runs Alessi Personal Fitness in Clarence, has his own personal a…

The statute of limitations has expired concerning the following tale, so I can finally tell it.In October of my now 40-something year-old son Eric’s seventh-grade year, he informed me that he was probably going to get a D, maybe even an F, in English on his upcoming report card, and perhaps for the entire year.“How’s that?” I asked.“My teacher doesn’t like me, Dad,” he rep…

If you think feeding skim milk or 1 percent to your toddler will help keep them from becoming fat, think again.Since 2005, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association have been recommending giving skim or 1 percent milk to kids over age 2 in an attempt to stem childhood obesity. And what has this done? Looking at the statistics, not much. Kids tod…

Worried about Alzheimer’s disease? You’re in the majority. A national survey says it’s North America’s most feared disease. While nothing, so far, can guarantee you’ll prevent or reverse the plaques, tangles and nerve-cell death that characterize Alzheimer’s, it turns out keeping the blood vessels in your brain healthy may cut your risk of brain dysfunction by a lot. There…

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Health and wellnessFibromyalgia Support: Group meets at 1 p.m. today in Room 249, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. For more info, call Lisa at 298-5481.autism talk: “Risk Factors and New Research,” Sunday. 4:30 p.m. potluck; 6 p.m. presentation, Crossroads Christian Church, 1050 Girdle Road, East Aurora. Bring a plant-based dish to share (no eggs, m…

Three square meals a day: For years we’ve been told they are essential to health. But popular dieting advice suggests that eating more meals – albeit smaller ones – may be a better approach, especially for those looking to shed extra pounds. Some new diets advocate going the other way: Consuming only one small meal a couple of days a week followed by days of unrestricted e…

The kids need help with their homework, your car broke down, you have a looming deadline approaching for work, and you have a never-ending to do list of home chores.Are you really surprised you can’t find the time to relax and unwind?There is no doubt that stress kills. There are many health professionals and medical analyses that validate the strong negative impact stress…