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Walmart will host free health screenings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at all its Western New York stores in observance of the retailer's first Walmart Wellness Day event. Free screening types will include: Blood glucose Blood pressure Body mass index There will also be: Low-cost immunizations A virtual-reality smoking cessation exercise Free …

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It gets awfully dull sitting in a chair, staring out the window of her fifth-floor room at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, said Angelic Banko. The Grand Island mother of two boys, ages 3 and 5, has been hospitalized for 21 days to treat internal bleeding. But just before lunch Tuesday, Banko got very excited. She knew what was coming. Like clockwork ever…

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The flu season started earlier this year than the past two seasons, saw a rapid rise in cases in recent weeks and may already be near a peak. But it is far from over. What's worse, the predominate virus strain circulating now is causing severe symptoms. "Right now, you can walk into any emergency room shift and a good percentage of the patients will be there for flu-…

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Outdoor winter activities, and allergy support and tai chi indoors 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. As the weekend approaches, also read our outdoor winter in WNY story in Refresh. MONDAY Cross-country skiing: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m…

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The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine will host its annual free “Give Kids a Smile Day” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 3 in Squire Hall on the South Campus. Dental school students and staff will treat children ages 2 to 18 who may not have a dentist, may not be able to visit a dentist on a regular basis or may not have the resources to pay for dental care. …

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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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When Michael Kearns looked at the analytics of his 142nd Assembly District three years ago, he didn't like what he saw in terms of health and well-being. Erie County – including much of the Southtowns and Buffalo, which make up the district – ranked 54th out of 62 counties in the New York State health rankings. It would fall to 57th the following year. Despite ebbs a…

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Is it a good idea to take blood pressure readings in a state Department of Motor Vehicles office? Erie County motorists will soon find out. Making blood pressure checks available on at least some days in the seven county DMV offices is one of the changes new Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns is considering. The notion is one of several Kearns is contemplating as he…

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Mary Miller and her husband, Gerald, smoked since they got married almost 50 years ago. She has COPD; he died in May 2015 at age 65 – "from everything," Mary said. "He had open heart surgery. He had diabetes real bad. Then he got ductal cancer in his pancreas. By the time they found it, it was too late to do anything. He stopped smoking a month or so before he passed away …

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The University at Buffalo's new downtown medical school opened its doors Monday to students on the first day of classes in their new digs. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul also visited the new $375 million Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at 955 Main St. to talk with students about the historical significance of the day. Teaching, research and clinical work got…

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By Emily Wood – Contributing Writer If you are like 30 percent of Americans, your New Year's Resolution is to lose weight – but with so many diets out there, how do you know which one to choose? There are so many it would make anyone’s head spin. Most of these diets seem to emphasize protein as the main component in helping to aid weight loss, claiming it increases s…

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Take a "snow roll" with Slow Roll Buffalo this week, learn more about doulas and pose at a special Sun Salutation yoga class (Who couldn't use that right about now?). 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 Cross-country s…

Judith Whitehead –  Contributing Writer Now that the holidays are finished and children have been given many new  toys, the increase in eye injuries will start. Not only children but adults are also affected. There are many toys on the market that are desired by children and are not always age appropriate for their use. Advertising is a strong motivator for many p…

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Aug. 1, 1921 - Dec. 17, 2017 Raymond A. Hudson, M.D., a longtime Buffalo cardiologist, died Dec. 17 in the Rosa Coplon Facility of the Weinberg Campus after a long illness. He was 96. Dr. Hudson was a Buffalo native who attended the University of Buffalo through full scholarships, and later the US Army for undergraduate and medical training. He graduated from the …

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The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo announced those participating in its “Walking to Wellness” initiative last year surpassed the goal of achieving 50 million steps. Organized walks took place in shopping malls and parks, on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and downtown. Wellness Institute partner Explore Buffalo led the way, contributing 39 million steps towar…