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Health experts will address the continuing opioid abuse problem throughout Buffalo-Niagara at a public forum Thursday in Maryvale High School in Cheektowaga. Officials from the Erie County Health Department, Maryvale Schools, WNY United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse, the Cheektowaga Police Department and the Cheektowaga Town Board are scheduled to speak. State Assem…

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Some meals are meant to be savored with little regard to fat, sugar and salt content because we deem them special. But a routine embrace of that thinking, followed by habits that linger for months and years, can cost you your health. The spring version of Local Restaurant Week starts on Monday, and presents both an opportunity and a trap for those who want to eat better…

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Even adults who can remember that last time they had their recommended vaccines need to listen up: The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently announced a revised schedule for those age 19 and older. The adult immunization schedule contains information for both health care providers and the general public on principles of immunization for adults, considera…

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The April weather could be better, but two 5Ks are on the schedule this week, along with opening night of Food Truck Tuesdays and a Walking to Wellness event at the Central Library. These are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. TUESDAY Food Truck Tuesday: This week includes opening ni…

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Marsha Tabb has worked for eight years as a substance abuse counselor but never disclosed that she was a recovering alcoholic to her employers, co-workers or clients until she became program manager for Clubhouse Buffalo last year. The Restoration Society operates the Clubhouse, a gathering place for those age 16 to 23 at risk for, or recovering from, addiction. The non…

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At a news conference Friday, Niagara County officials urged residents to sign up for organ and tissue donation. "This is a passion of mine," said County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski, who choked up as he recalled a friend whose life was saved by a heart transplant. "We're low in donors for some unexplained reason," said Sheriff James R. Voutour, whose daughter's torn k…

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You feel an ache here, a pain there. Your kid is sick. Worse yet, you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a serious illness. It can be tempting to jump online and seek help from “Dr. Google,” but Mary Jean Jakubowski has a better idea. Reach out to your local library. “People think they can find anything they need to know on the internet,” said Jakubowski,…

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When you're a doula, getting text messages with intimate questions from expectant or new moms comes with the territory. "A photo of poopy diapers with a new mom asking, 'Is this normal?," Tara Withey said. "We're approachable," Elizabeth Carey added. "One mom was having very bad sciatica and I said, 'You really should see a prenatal chiropractor; this is who I recomm…

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This is National Public Health Week, when leaders offer special events to underline important health needs in neighborhoods, communities and regions. Four related events are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the week. TUESDAY Tibetan Sound Healing: Join Matt Overfield and experience the healing sounds of Tibetan singing bowls and chimes at 7 p.m. in Santosha Holistic…

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Count colorectal surgeons among those who have concluded during the last generation that we often are, health-wise, what we eat. "Our diet is definitely more industrialized and, as a result, we have more adverse effects," Dr. Daniel Leberer said. "We recommend a high-fiber diet to everybody." Dr. Joseph Mills, one of his colleagues, said doctors in their practice als…

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Thirty-nine percent of Univera Healthcare commercial members living with diabetes are at risk for eye disease and blindness because they aren’t getting their recommended annual diabetic retinal exams, according to a review of claims data by the regional health insurer. “Assuming our commercial member data is a representative sample of the 39 county upstate population, w…

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Pump up your tires and grab that helmet. Slow Roll bicycle tours will be starting again soon. Organizers announced the schedule for the 2018 season Thursday and said the tours will be held every Monday from May through October. The schedule was announced Thursday at Flying Bison Brewing Company. The first Slow Roll will be May 7, starting from the Electric Tower, …

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Ellen Pautler has weathered surgery to fuse most of the vertebrae in her neck. Rheumatoid arthritis sometimes flares in her joints. Her right shoulder doesn't work as well as it used to. Pautler has toyed for five years with the idea of reverse shoulder replacement surgery. Doctors have told her she'll only get one stab at the procedure because they can't go back and do…

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Participate in the University at Buffalo Step Challenge next month and it might extend your life. The challenge – free and open to all – is among activities set to launch next week as part of National Public Health Week, designed to highlight the role that health policy and planning can make on the well-being of people and their surroundings. “It’s a great time to be…

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Michael May drove a delivery truck for many years before he landed a job 4½ years ago delivering the mail on the University at Buffalo South campus. "Before that, I was doing a lot of sitting," said May, who at 5-foot-10 weighed 282 pounds at the time. "People would bring doughnuts in to work all the time. The weight creeps up." May, 57, of the Town of Tonawanda, has…