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By Judith Whitehead - Contributing Writer Having worked in the field of ophthalmology for the last 40 years, I have heard every story in the book on how to instill eye drops. Eye drops need to be instilled carefully so as to keep the medicine in the eye where it does the most good and does not enter the body systemically. Dry eyes are very common, especially among…

Niagara Falls, the Peace Bridge and other locations will go green this week for the start of Mental Health Month. Plans include lighting the Courtyard by Marriott Buffalo, Canalside and the top of The Buffalo News nightly through Saturday, and the Peace Bridge, Niagara Falls at 10 p.m., and part of Roswell Park Cancer Institute on Tuesday. “Lighting the Sites” …

Roswell Park Cancer Institute will offer a free tobacco cessation course in Burmese on May 10, 17 and 24. Those who attend the classes will receive a nicotine assessment, professional cessation guidance, group support, relaxation strategies, relapse prevention, medication referrals and free nicotine replacement medication. Those interested must register by calling Ro…

By Kaitlyn Summers – Contributing Writer Whether you are a college student or busy mom, convenience items are a must. If you are like me, the first place that comes to mind is a gas station or fast food chain. But when you are trying to stick to eating healthy, options can be limited. Luckily, convenience stores are increasing their variety of healthy options but w…

It's beginning to look a little bit like summer. Two festivals, the first Slow Roll of the season and Downtown Wellness Walks 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 Cherry Blossom Festival: 430 to 6:30 p.m. Campus House Cher…

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…

Thousands of families and local business leaders will join forces Sunday at Canalside for the March for Babies, the nation’s oldest fundraising walk, which helps the March of Dimes support newborns, including the most vulnerable, across Western New York. Those interested can sign up at marchforbabies.org. to start a team with co-workers, family or friends; or make …

Want the opportunity to run around outside in your underwear for a good cause? The annual 5K Undy Run/Walk – to support the fight against colon cancer – will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday in Delaware Park. Hundreds of participants will don silly boxers and briefs during the race – mostly over their shorts or sweats – to benefit the Independent Health Foundati…

Rob Jones lost his wife in 2013, six years after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Colleen Jones was 53. She told her husband she wasn't afraid to die but didn't want to leave their loved ones behind. Beverly Jasinski was diagnosed with breast cancer nearly four years ago, seven months after her husband died from colon cancer. Marcia Heaney has survived more than…

One in five Americans experiences a mental illness in a given year and nearly one in two is likely to experience at least one during the course of a lifetime. Half of those with substance use disorders have co-occurring mental illnesses. So common, yet so troubling, is that many of these people suffer in silence and don't reach out for help. Michelle Scheib has an idea …

Lives will be saved with $16 million in state funding for Western New York to fight the heroin and opioid crisis, officials predicted Thursday afternoon, hours after leaders of towns, villages and cities from across Erie County convened in Williamsville to talk about how to react to the crisis at the local level. "It's hard to find someone these days who hasn't been per…

Slow Roll Buffalo will launch its third season on Monday with a ride to and from Niagara Square. The basic structure of Slow Roll will continue to be the same for the next six months: Free, guided, round-trip bicycle rides will start at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, from various spots in and around Buffalo. Rides of about 10 miles will be open to cyclists of all ages and skill …

Research has shown that people diagnosed with prediabetes can make lifestyle changes to reduce their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. To help those at risk, YMCA Buffalo Niagara next week will start its next session of the National Diabetes Prevention Program at four of its branches. “We’ve seen great results with the Diabetes Prevention Program," said Kelly S…

The U.S. Surgeon General and other health and wellness leaders hope you'll consider burning off 90 to 120 calories during lunchtime today – by walking. Today is National Walk at Lunch Day, when all Americans who are able are encouraged to take a 30-minute walk. “Walking is the grand slam of physical activities,” said Philip L. Haberstro, executive director of …