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By Dr. Howard LeWineQ. I went to buy sunscreen. I spend a lot of time in the pool and wanted to buy a sunscreen that was waterproof. I couldn’t find any. Have the labels changed?A: Most sunscreen products have new labels.Mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the new rules should provide more useful information with fewer misleading terms.“Waterproof” is …

Lightning ROD. Bullet Proof. Zoom-Zooma-Zoom. Since 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings for these and 24 additional sexual enhancement supplements that are secretly laced with dangerous drugs.If you’re among the more than 33 million North American guys looking for an erectile dysfunction fix, don’t believe the hype that these pills are “all natu…

Higher intake of fruits, veggies boosts happinessConsumers reported feeling more positive, calmer and more energetic on days that they consumed a high intake of fruits and vegetables, compared with days that they had a lower intake, according to New Zealand researchers.Based on analysis of the food diaries of 281 young adults participating in the study for 21 days, researc…

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 ass…

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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 number of…

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, Hershey’s I…

  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 wasn’t callin…

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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 in the mir…

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 fewer words…

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 to see a ce…

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 that no one, includin…

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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 an…

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 pointers are …