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By Diana Cullum-DuganEnvironmental nutrition newsletterMigraines can be so debilitating that, at their worst, they can keep you in bed for days, with the blinds closed and your head stashed under a pillow.An estimated 10 percent of Americans suffer from them, but there are plenty of ways to deal with the pain – including before it starts.Most involve addressing the three…

For Richard Maslona, it was like slogging around with 5-pound weights wrapped around his legs.Fluid brought on by a stroke in 2011 collected in Maslona’s right calf, which swelled. The fluid seeped through his pants, often staining them. Embarrassed, the retired 68-year-old Amherst town employee and former volunteer fireman resorted to purchasing packages of wound dressi…

DeChantell Lloyd hard at work at Code Blu Juice Bar in Allentown (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News) DeChantell Lloyd has a full-time job as an accountant at a local bank. She also has another full-time job, as owner of the Code Blu Juice Bar at 23 Allen St., in Allentown. Lloyd helped me out this week for the cover story in WNY Refresh on juicing. She and Kayla Jemmott, her…

Allow Heath Garlow to brag. He’s earned it. Garlow, 42, an adult education teacher for the Seneca Nation of Indians in Irving, has participated in the Seneca Nation Weight Loss Challenge twice. He started juicing last fall, before the first 12-week challenge started in January and has been happily zealous health and fitness-wise between challenges. That’s what happe…

By Dr. Petra CaseyTribune Media ServicesDear Mayo Clinic: I am 44 and would like to discontinue taking birth control pills. Do I need to use another form of contraception if I want to avoid getting pregnant? At what point is it safe to assume that won’t happen?A.: Many women wonder if they need birth control once they’re in their 40s. Some actually stop using contracep…

By Scott Scanlon & Jane Kwiatkowski // news staff repoRtersHeath Garlow is a juicing believer. • Garlow, 42, an adult education teacher for the Seneca Nation of Indians in Irving, need only slip on a pair of old pants to see what happens when someone limits junk food and blends some meals into fruit and vegetable treats. • Last fall, he weighed 283 pounds, about 90…

A recent study in “Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association” offers more evidence to bolster the health benefits of berries.The study included 93,000 women, ages 25 to 42, who were enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study II. The women filled out dietary questionnaires every four years for 18 years. During that time, 405 of the women had a heart attack.Afte…

Give a free screening for Father’s DayMount St. Mary’s Hospital and Health Center next week will sponsor the 13th Annual “A Father’s Day Gift of Love and Life” – a free prostate cancer screening.The free screenings will be offered from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, in the Outpatient Center in the north lobby of the hospital …

Buddy Morris is a rock of a man. The former Cleveland Browns, University at Pittsburgh and University at Buffalo football strength coach has a high motor and, since January, a new gig at New York Sports Center in Clarence.That's what happens to a man on the move who falls in love with a Buffalonian, Monica Duncan, a fellow bodybuilder who helps him run the fitness center a…

During the last couple of years, Kenmore Mercy Hospital Food Service Manager Kathy Kubiak-McAlpine has spiced things up by getting the entire medical complex thinking green – as in more vegetables and more recycling.The hospital cafeteria lists calories on many of its food choices, focuses on portion control and has one of the best salad bars in the Northtowns.“People …

By David LillardBlue Ridge PressNext time you go food shopping, save yourself the aggravation of hauling all those bags full of groceries home. Instead, take $40 of the $100 you plan to spend, and throw it in the trash – or nearest compost pile. If you’re like most Americans, as much as 40 percent of the food you buy never gets eaten.That’s an estimated $165 billion …

By Maggie Fazeli FardThe Washington PostChocolate makers Ginger and Frances Park have written a cookbook for kids who have allergies, “Allergies, Away!”To be a “kid in a candy store” epitomizes the ultimate dream come true, one that only gets better when the shop is owned by your mom and aunt.But for Justin Young, whose family owns Washington’s Chocolate Chocolat…

Health and wellnesshealth fair: Noon to 4 p.m. today, Gerard Place, 2515 Bailey Ave.; free. Health care and dental screenings will be offered, as well safe sleep tips for children, a farmers market and a free garage sale. Hot dogs and Chivetta’s chicken will be available free for lunch.acupuncture open house: Noon to 4 p.m. today, new office of Destin Radder, 779 Cayuga …

By Armin BrottMcClatchy-Tribune News ServiceDear Mr. Dad: With all the talk of bullies and school violence, isn’t there a way to predict which kids will grow up to be criminals and which won’t?Answer: Sounds like an interesting idea, but if you ever saw the Tom Cruise movie “Minority Report,” you know the potential pitfalls of punishing people for crimes they haven…

By Heidi StevensChicago TribuneYour ‘tween wants to pack her own bags for sleep-away camp. Good or bad idea?Parent advice (from our panel of staff contributors):As long as you have no reason to worry that she is trying to take along contraband, this is a great idea. It shows she is maturing, and if she forgets something, it is a wonderful learning experience. I am sure I…