Nineteen suspected opiate deaths in the first 19 days of January have Erie County on pace for 365 deaths in 2017. It could be worse. Last year started more deadly. During the early weeks and months of 2016, the epidemic was claiming so many lives that county officials projected more than 500 people would die that year. The pace, however, slowed as the county took agg…

Rebecca Lesniak knows what it’s like to struggle with Crohn’s disease and essential tremors, give birth to twins prematurely, undergo a hysterectomy. She’s been through divorce. Been laid off from a good job. Had to declare bankruptcy. Such a series of unfortunate events can put you into a deep physical and emotional pit. It also can force you to find ways to d…

The number of diagnosed cases of cervical cancer in New York State has dropped nearly 40 percent since 1976, and deaths from the disease fell 50 percent during that same time period, according to research findings issued this month by Univera Healthcare. Still, roughly 20 percent of upstate women age 21 to 65 don’t get screened. “Screenings are very important…

  Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for Jan. 21 to 28 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. Ma…

The anxiety that comes with a diagnosis of prostate cancer can lead men to choose more aggressive – and potentially unnecessary – treatments than they may need. That’s the conclusion of a University at Buffalo study that calls for informed decision-making between physicians and patients about prostate cancer treatment, as well as better support to help men deal w…

Stuart Strickland remembered his father's stories about what must have been the most harrowing moment in his life, when William R. Strickland saw the out-of-control freighter Michael K. Tewksbury topple the Michigan Avenue lift bridge into the ice-choked Buffalo River just before midnight on Jan. 21, 1958. This weekend, Stuart Strickland plans to travel from his home…

Chemicals in insecticides and garden products bind to receptors that govern our biological clocks in a way that may increase the risk of such metabolic diseases as diabetes, a University at Buffalo suggests. The research published online in Chemical Research in Toxicology focused on two toxic insecticides, carbaryl and carbofuran, which is banned in the United States on…

  Two massive projects are on the horizon for Amherst: a $250 million, mixed-use redevelopment of the former Westwood Country Club and revived talk of extending the light rail from Buffalo out to the UB North Campus. But aging office parks and retail complexes in the town have vacancies, and in recent years sentiment in the town has turned against the unfettered…

NIAGARA FALLS - Police charged a Falls Street man with driving while intoxicated Thursday after he crashed into two parked vehicles on Fifth Street. The crash happened at about 12:45 a.m. on the 400 block of Fifth, according to a city police report. Initially, a woman passenger in the car told police she was driving when the crash occurred. In addition to the DWI …

The owner of a former social club that sits just outside Niagara Falls State Park hopes to redevelop the space with a new family-friendly restaurant. Nirel Patel, owner of the former Niagara Club site on Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls, said he is pursuing an “active redevelopment plan” for the property. The former Niagara Club building houses an Indian restauran…

Buffalo officers tried to pull over a driver in the Riverside area Wednesday evening for a loud exhaust system, but he sped off and led them on a high speed chase through the city with speeds exceeding 100 mph, Buffalo police reported. Officers tried to pull him over at Ontario Street and Beatrice Avenue at about 7:30 p.m., but were not able to said stop until he reache…

The head of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board said she would like to have a new superintendent chosen by May, before the school board elections. Jill Y. O'Malley, the board's president,  said she would like the board members involved in the search to be the ones who vote on the final candidate. Two seats are up for election. But O'Malley said she would not ins…

NIAGARA FALLS - A Niagara Falls  man charged at city police officers with a box cutter last week, and police used a Taser to subdue him, according to a police report. Officers responded to the 400 block of 12th Street last Friday night for the report of a mental health situation and a person cutting himself with a box cutter. Police could hear a fight coming from an up…

The Bisons hosted some of the Toronto Blue Jays’ top prospects last weekend, giving fans a chance to meet the team’s stars of the future. Among them: Tim Mayza, one of the club’s pitchers. It turns out the 25-year-old also wields a pretty mean light saber. The Bisons event featured an appearance by the North Ridge, the Star Wars club whose members are stars of …

City of Tonawanda police went into the Tim Horton's coffee shop on Niagara Street about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday because of a call that a man was exposing himself in the women's restroom. They left the coffee shop after arresting an Amherst man they said was in possession of nearly 700 pills. Officers charged Kevin R. McNinch II, 32, with three counts of a controlled subs…