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Dr. Amy Burke wants to be an inspiration to single moms and new doctors. Except for the debt part.Burke, 44, who grew up in Chittenango, near Syracuse, opened a new family practice several weeks ago on Southwestern Boulevard in Orchard Park.She got pregnant, with twins, during her freshman year at LeMoyne College, an experience that added both challenges and blessings to h…

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Rhonda Rotterman gets her power from protein, veggies and complex carbs. (Matthew Masin/Buffalo News) By Scott Scanlon – Refresh Editor Rhonda Rotterman had so many interesting things to say for this week’s Refresh "What are you eating?" Q&A – which will be published Saturday – that I wanted to share lots more from her in this blog. Rotterman, 47, of Ken…

The Women’s Respite Program will celebrate 25 years of service at a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Stella Niagara in Lewiston. Each year, the Respite Program, a nonprofit organization, provides time away to rest and renew for single mothers with low incomes, grandmothers raising their grandchildren and women with cancer. Diane Gianadda, a social worker doing home…

The Amberleigh Retirement Community is collecting items that will be donated to children in need before the start of the upcoming school year. Those interested in donating school supplies may drop them off through Aug. 16 at the Amberleigh reception desk, 2330 Maple Road, Amherst. They will be delivered in the coming weeks to The Teacher’s Desk, on Northampton Street in B…

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Health and wellnessBreast Cancer Support: “To You It’s All About Cancer (2U ABC),” education and support for and by breast cancer patients and survivors, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, HSBC Community Room, The Heart Center of Niagara, 571 10th St. at Walnut Avenue, Niagara Falls. Call 957-8255 for information.Alzheimer’s Support: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Our Lady of Peace Family Room, Moun…

WASHINGTON – When I look at my phone, I see my daughter leaving for camp on my home screen. She stands at the bottom of an airport escalator, an orange backpack over her shoulder. She’d cut her long, strawberry blond hair the day before, so the person smiling from under the carrot top doesn’t look familiar. But the image of a kid who just needs a backpack and a ticket is o…

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By Scott ScanlonRefresh EditorPardon Dr. Ephraim Atwal for feeling good about life these days.He still owns a house on St. Charles Avenue on the Mardi Gras parade route in New Orleans, where he did his ophthalmology training and residency at Louisiana State University-affiliated hospitals.In May, he married longtime girlfriend Jennifer Gabryszak – daughter of state Assembl…

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Matt Bove, 20, of Wheatfield, a senior at SUNY Buffalo State and summer intern at WKBW-TV, has spent some of the past few weeks pulling cars. Literally. It’s been part of the preparation for he and several buddies who will participate today and Sunday in the first Tough Mudder competition in Western New York. The 10-mile obstacle course – a British Special Forces-inspired …

I visited my chiropractor, Dr. Mike Christopher, in Williamsville last week and told him I was working on a story for today’s WNY Refresh section about people who had set New Year’s resolution-style goals earlier this year and stuck to them. One of the folks featured in the story package is Wayne Kast, of Amherst, who quit smoking. I also reported that about 10 others who…

Registration to open for Turkey TrotOnline registration for the 118th Annual YMCA Turkey Trot starts Thursday.The time-honored 8K (nearly 5-mile) race will take place on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28, and continues to be a sold-out event every year.Online registration will be available at www.ymcabuffaloniagara.org through noon on Nov. 21 or until the capacity of 14,000 ru…

If you’re worried about getting diabetes, I have good news for you. Recent research shows there is a new treatment that lowers your risk by 50 percent.It’s not a pill. It’s not a vitamin. It’s not one of those fix-it-all gadgets you see on late-night TV infomercials.It won’t cost you a dime. It’s simple to start but hard to stay with. Can you guess what it is?It’s exercise…

Here’s a gut check. Up to 39 percent of people who take an infection-fighting antibiotic wind up with diarrhea, a side effect that can be annoying or even downright life-threatening.Why? Because along with killing off infection-producing culprits, antibiotics slay good gut-dwelling bacteria that protect you from gastrointestinal distress. And those good guys do many other …

By Dr. Timothy LineberryTribune Media ServicesDear MAYO Clinic: My daughter has struggled with depression as a teen, and sometimes I worry she may consider suicide. I don’t want to make things worse by bringing it up, though. Should I talk to her about my concerns?Answer: You should definitely talk to your daughter about your concerns. Many parents share your fear that bri…

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Health and wellnessconcert for a cure: 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Canalside. At 8 p.m., the Guess Who will headline the daylong music and food event. A dozen local bands will play before that, including Hit N Run, the Informers, Route 66, the Heritage, Whiskey Reverb, Double Shot, Carl Motyka Band, and Leon and the Fork Lifts. Food from 20 local restaurants will be available, in…

By Heidi StevensChicago tribuneYour daughter’s pals always cry on her shoulder. You fear she’s being taken advantage of. Do you step in?Parent advice from our panel of staff contributors:Not unless other people’s problems are weighing heavily on her. It’s nice that her friends trust and respect her enough to come to her. It’s good practice for when she has a whiny family o…