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Journey Joy Baker started crawling at 11 months old and walking last week. She smiles often and has spoken her first few words. She's slightly behind a typically developing infant but Journey has had a lot more to overcome since she was born 14 months ago. She has an undeveloped left side of her heart, making it much harder for Journey to pump blood with a force needed …

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The YMCA Buffalo Niagara will launch its 2018 Annual Campaign this week as it looks to raise $768,000 by April 12. Money raised will be used to benefit the Y’s financial assistance program, which last year helped more than 2,800 families take part in programs and services they would otherwise have been unable to afford. The nonprofit serves more than 100,000 people a…

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A trio of long-distance running races whose routes include the Erie Canal towpath in Lockport – one of them a 100-miler – a "Snow Roll" Buffalo bike ride, and a presentation on gluten-free eating are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Cross-country skiing: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. …

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Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) has received $5,000 from the Kelly for Kids Foundation. The donation will fund two EPIC car seat safety events this year, including a car seat safety class, a car seat safety checking station, and the replacement of any damaged, recalled or expired car seats, as well as the distribution of car seats to those who don’t have one for…

Staff and volunteers from Niagara Hospice are gearing up for the 2018 Spring Bouquet Sale. The sale will run March 5 to 11, with presale bouquets being ordered throughout this month. Bouquets sell for $8 each, and there is no cost to any organization to participate. Volunteers are an integral part of the sale, preparing materials, selling at community walk up locatio…

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Erie County Medical Center will host a rehabilitation symposium March 10 on its Grider Street campus. Physical and occupational therapists and assistants, as well as speech pathologists and therapy students are encouraged to attend the symposium, entitled “A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Acute Care Patient.” The event starts at 8 a.m. with an update on treatment …

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A pair of Daemen College assistant professors who have studied with some of the top autism experts in the nation have launched a new program at the Amherst school that should help improve autism treatment in the region – and beyond. “There’s just so much hope in what we do,” said Vicki Madaus Knapp, head of the new Applied Behavior Analysis Program. Knapp and Vanessa…

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Doing laundry may not be one of your favorite chores, but it is one of the simplest ways to help prevent cold and flu. Both illnesses are more common in the winter months – and part of the problem may be traced back to your outer winter garments that can harbor microbes. “People tend to not wash things like winter coats or gloves much during the winter,” Dr. James F.…

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The fastest-growing class at Glistening Sky Fitness & Wellness in Delevan used to be called Burlesque. "Some of my oldest son's friends' moms thought we were stripping," owner Tami George-Stevenson said. "You don't want your teenage son thinking that you're stripping, so we rebranded." George-Stevenson, the former health and wellness director at the Wyoming Count…

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By Judith Whitehead – Contributing Writer During the winter months, when the air is very dry to breathe as well as dry on the body, we experience related symptoms that are bothersome. Not only does the skin feel dry and irritated with increased flaking, the eyes can be also affected. Working in the field of ophthalmology, we see increased symptoms of itching, dry …

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Emily Wood – Contributing Writer When all the claims came out about coconut oil being healthy, I must admit I was a bit confused. In college, my fellow dietitian classmates and I were taught that the fat in coconut oil was a “bad” fat. Yes, that was about 10 years ago, and things do change. But did the type of fat in coconut oil change, making it now healthy for you? …

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Dr. Evgeny Dyskin has learned that talent and confidence are great equalizers for trauma doctors who grew up in other countries. "If you speak with an accent, sometimes elective patients in an office setting are apprehensive," said Dyskin, who grew up and got his early medical training in Russia. "It's normal. I understand it. "Then I discovered when you see those sa…

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The Ride For Roswell has launched registration for its this year’s event, which will take place on June 23. Those of all ages and cycling experience are invited to sign up to ride or volunteer at RideForRoswell.org. More than 10,000 riders and volunteers are expected to take part in ride. Since the first Ride For Roswell in 1996, the event has raised more than $42 mi…

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Chris Walsh was once a graphic designer. He worked at an archaeology company, in tech support with Apple, and for more than a decade in the banking industry. But Walsh, who dabbled in social drug use since his teens, fell into drug dependence in 2009, after he was given a 30-day supply of Lortabs following surgery on his arm. His opioid addiction killed his job prospect…

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The Erie County Clerk’s office and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo have teamed up to offer free blood pressure screenings at auto bureaus across the Erie County this month as part of American Heart Month. The Downtown Auto Bureau, at 170 Pearl St., will host the first event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in Erie …