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The Breast Cancer Network of Western New York announced a series of events open to the public and running throughout the month of October to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Girls Night Out will launch the series from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday in the Grapevine Banquet facility, 333 Dick Road, Depew. The night will include local vendors, hors d’oeuvres, a wine wall…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo traveled across the state Thursday, including a stop in the Buffalo area, to call on lawmakers to classify 11 fentanyl analogs as controlled substances that carry harsher penalties for their manufacture and sale. Cuomo is also directing the state Department of Financial Services to advise health insurers against placing arbitrary limits on the numbe…

UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine seeks applicants for its third annual CommunityCare Grant, which offers up to $10,000 in funding for local nonprofits in community health and wellness industries. “The goal of the CommunityCare Grant is to provide financial assistance to local nonprofit organizations who share our vision of compassion, innovation, and collaborat…

By Judith Whitehead – Contributing Writer UV radiation from the sun can be detrimental to our health. People who spend a lot of time sun bathing and working outside are at a greater risk of exposure. Exposure to UV light can cause anything from skin cancers to  several eye diseases. Many years ago, the public had no idea about the harmful rays of the sun could ca…

The state Department of Health recently awarded a $20.6 million contract to Roswell Park Cancer Institute to continue to house the New York State Smokers’ Quitline for another five years – an agreement that will allow Roswell Park to provide a comprehensive approach to help tobacco users successfully quit. “Our goal is to motivate and help as many New Yorkers as p…

Slow Roll is twice as nice this week, Food Truck Tuesday is about to wind down, and Nardin Academy will host a squash gathering to fight cancer during the weekend. These are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffal…

Casey Zmich likes to say he traded 18 wheels for two. The retired longhaul truck driver returned home to Cheektowaga last week after logging 16,000 miles during a yearlong bicycle tour spanning the U.S. "I wanted to stay healthy for retirement and see the country by bicycle, instead of from a truck cab," said Zmich, 66. He retired in 2009, after 35 years hauling f…

The Seneca Nation of Indians has been awarded a $25,000 Culture of Health Prize by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation for its continuing work to give Senecas across Western New York the opportunity to live healthier lives. The nation announced this week it is one of eight winners out of 200 applicants across the country. Efforts that helped win the prize include an app…

Western New York’s uninsured rate of 3.68 percent is 39 percent lower than the statewide uninsured rate of 6.06 percent and 57 percent lower than the national uninsured rate, according to a Univera Healthcare analysis of new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. “Credit goes to the collaborative environment in Western New York, in which the health systems and the physic…

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

Nik Rivers has enjoyed plenty of travel, social gatherings and brushes with celebrities during two decades as a radio personality. Until last spring, he had 50 extra pounds to show for his professional career, too. Crazy hours, fast food meals and vending machine snacks were part of the mix at stints at stations in New England, Florida, Albany, Rochester and, for the…

Hit the gym today. Go for a run. Talk a walk. Do something! If not for yourself, for your community, which ranked sixth from the bottom out of nearly 200 regions across the U.S. in an exercise survey released this week. “There’s lots of challenging work to do,” said Philip L. Haberstro, executive director of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo. “Over ti…

If you knew your genetic makeup, would it help you lose weight? Linda Taylor, a functional medical provider, says yes. The nurse practitioner specializes in helping adults better address chronic health challenges including obesity, and recently started offering a multi-week weight loss program based on genetic testing. "The patient comes in and it's a very quick v…

Unpasteurized raw milk sold at an Orleans County farm may be contaminated by bacteria and should not be consumed, state agriculture officials warned Monday. Milk sold at Martin Yoder Farm on Murdock Road in Medina may be contaminated with Campylobacter jejuni, a common cause of food poisoning, after a sample of the milk was found to be contaminated, according to the sta…

Farmers' markets, a bike ride and several hikes are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Clinton Bailey Farmers & Flea Market: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; same time other weekdays, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, …