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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…

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A new Western New York affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network looks to help the national organization attack the most lethal form of cancer on all fronts: research, clinical initiatives, patient services and advocacy. It will start with a Buffalo Sabres Alumni Meet & Greet fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the 31 Club, 31 N. Johnson Park at Elmwood …

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Spring is here, outdoor ice skating and cross-country skiing – at least in most parts of the region – is behind us, and signs of the season are reflected in this week's WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. Events include the opening of the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, a …

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Leaders in the regional cerebral palsy community will host a National CP Awareness Day celebration rally from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday in front of the Electric Tower, 535 Washington St. The gathering will be part of an larger effort to light buildings and other structures green to CP Awareness Day. “We’ll serve up lemonade for a toast, hand out green beads and green glow s…

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As he works with others to help breathe new life into his struggling city of Niagara Falls, Brian Archie often thinks about the house on 13th Street where his grandparents once lived. James and Ada Williams were among the first African Americans from the "Jim Crow South" to move into the North End neighborhood in the late 1940s. Their home became a place where people ga…

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Lauren Dixon has something to tell all those business owners and executives who fold their arms with suspicion when they hear a pitch to add more heft to their company health and wellness program. Dixon Schwabl Advertising chose to focus on corporate culture, wellness and philanthropy, and saw its number of job applications grow by 242 percent during a three-year period…

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Going to a trampoline park requires a leap of faith. Especially if you're a grown-up. I felt funny, heading for Get Air Buffalo Trampoline Park in Cheektowaga. I had bounced on trampolines before, if not exactly recently. A friend had a trampoline, and I had a great time bouncing on it with her little kids. But isn't that who trampolines are for? Kids? Well, I tol…

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Brenda Simonson has taught a class called "Drugs and Society" for 15 years at Niagara County Community College. The opiate crisis has made the last few years the most challenging. Last semester, as the number of overdose deaths continued to alarm the region, Simonson decided to take a different tack with students in the course. She asked them to put together an inven…

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A Connecticut-based company that has become one of the largest franchisees in the Planet Fitness chain opened a sprawling new gym this week in a former Walmart at the Thruway Mall, marking the second time this year that the firm has resurrected a vacant building in the Buffalo suburbs. ECP-PF Holdings Group opened its first new club in the region in January on Sheridan …

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Pediatricians are joining the "March for Our Lives" in downtown Buffalo Saturday morning, declaring gun violence a public health threat to children and demanding stricter gun laws and restricting children's access to guns. "I'll be marching," said Dr. Kathryn Bass, a medical director of the pediatric trauma program at Oishei Children's Hospital. On Tuesday morning, doct…

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An inspiring weight loss story, a gem and mineral show at the Erie County Fairgrounds, and Saturday health fairs in Amherst and Orchard Park are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Spring into Health: Rachel Miller lost more than 120 pounds, became a holistic health coach and p…