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About 55,440 people in the U.S. – 29,200 men and 26,240 women – will be diagnosed this year with pancreatic cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. About 44,330 people – 23,020 men and 21,310 women – will die of the disease. Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3 percent of all cancers in America and 7 percent of all cancer deaths. The Western New York a…

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Pharmacists will be able to administer flu vaccines to children ages 2 to 18 under an executive order signed Thursday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The order, effective immediately, suspends the section of state education law that limits the authority of pharmacists to administer immunizing agents to anyone under age 18. Public health officials encouraged parents to call …

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The distribution of "precious blood" is suspended. No physical contact should be made in church during the exchange of the sign of peace. Holy water fonts should be drained, cleaned with disinfecting soap and refilled with holy water on a regular basis. And ministers of Holy Communion should take care not to touch the tongues or hands of the faithful. Welcome t…

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There was good reason that "Buffalo Mack," the human-sized "groundhog" who has taken center stage at the annual Buffalo Groundhog Day beer bash the past few years, gained so much weight in recent months. Mack turned out to be a she – and a pregnant one at that. According to the latest in a hilarious series of short videos, the Groundhog Day mascot recently gave birth…

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Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers announced this week that there is growing evidence women are more susceptible to lung cancer than men, particularly if they smoke. It remains unclear, however, how sex hormones contribute to lung cancer in both men and women, regardless of their smoking status. “Our findings suggest that smoking increases an indivi…

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An epidemic of overdoses and deaths from opioids has forced caregivers to rethink how to attack the problem of drug addiction. That's why you might soon see a white, unmarked recreational vehicles parked by schools, hospitals, jails, bus stations, libraries or along a city street. One of the region's major behavioral health groups rolled out two of the mobile units Tues…

One of the region's major behaviorial health groups is rolling out two mobile units today to bring addiction treatment to where it's needed. The idea is simple: Drive a team that includes physicians, nurses, counselors and peer support services to rural parts of Erie and Niagara counties, to jails and other locations, helping fill gaps in access to substance abuse couns…

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Buffalo News sportswriter Amy Moritz will discuss her athletic journey and share stories of other female athletes during the launch of her debut new book, “I Thought You’d Be Faster: The Quest to Become an Athlete,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Lockport Public Library, 23 East Ave. Moritz – a Lockport native and sportswriter for the last 18 years – became an “adult-onset at…

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A new addictions group will meet, Larkinville will throw its annual ice festival and there will be chances to ice skate outdoors and watch Disney skaters at KeyBank Arena this week. 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. TUESDAY …

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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…

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Marina Mukandala found yoga after graduating in 2002 from Clark University in Worcester, Mass. and going into the work force. “I was under a tremendous amount of stress making that transition into the real world and developing a lot of anxiety,” the Black Rock native said. Mukandala and her husband, Magezi, moved back to her home region a decade ago. She went to work as…

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The fear, pain and uncertainty that come with going to the dentist can unnerve even the healthiest among us. Imagine what it can be like for those with autism, dementia, physical limitations, developmental disabilities or cancer. These are the patients in the working world of Drs. Elizabeth Kapral and Maureen Sullivan, two of a dozen dentists who help staff three den…

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Colorful paintings of the historic Fruit Belt neighborhood to the east of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus are making a statement in a common walkway on the campus. Tucked on the eastern end of a hallway between Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center is the newly installed Community Artists Gallery, giving many patients and …

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Campus WheelWorks over the years has looked to do what it can to keep its business rolling through the winter. They’ve tried selling brewing equipment, downhill skis and other accessories, with limited success. In the middle of this "New Buffalo" decade, the cycling shop tried its hand at cross-country skis, snowshoes and fat bikes, a combination its staff believes h…

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After Amherst native Matthew K. Enstice wrapped up stints in the entertainment industry that took him to Broadway Pictures in Los Angeles and "Saturday Night Live" in New York City, his career dramatically swerved back to Buffalo. He landed at the helm of the nonprofit organization overseeing the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Now, 17 years later, Enstice finds himself…