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A nonprofit group formed last year to address the high cost of prescription drugs has announced a national campaign to help pass the CREATES Act, a bipartisan bill that would lower drug prices and save taxpayers billions. The legislation prevents brand drug manufacturers from blocking cheaper generic drugs from coming to market, and enjoys support from a bipartisan grou…

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Meet some doulas, take a free yoga class and enjoy the lights at the Erie County Fairgrounds 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. MONDAY Meet the Doula Night: 7 to 8 p.m., Creative Wellness Group, 726 Main St., thir…

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Karl Shallowhorn has flourished during the last three decades. Great marriage. Successful professional career. Wide circle of friends. It's been a far cry from the years that followed his first psychotic episode in February 1981. Shallowhorn was 18, struggling through his second semester at General Motors Institute, and seeking solace in alcohol and other drugs. …

Health and Fitness

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 submissions…

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If you feel stressed these days, join the crowd. The vast majority of Americans surveyed in recent years say the ho, ho, ho of the holidays often gets up and goes. More time demands, spending worries and commercialism make it so. Busy work schedules with more time off, changes in family dynamics and remembrances of lost loved ones often add to the burden. "The hol…

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When it comes to mental illness, perceptions in Western New York aren't much different than elsewhere in the United States. Members of the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition found that out last year when they polled 400 county residents. Slightly more than half said they wouldn't reach out for mental health resources or services because "People will think I'm not norm…

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Emily Wood knows all about the benefits of plant-based eating. Done right, it provides vitamins and nutrients that can lower blood sugar, blood pressure and weight. It can help prevent some kinds of cancer, reduce or eliminate the need for some medications, and ease or prevent gastrointestinal distress. The Town of Tonawanda registered dietitian has helped clients see t…

Local senior living community Montgomery Park announced that it is under new management with a new name: Solstice Senior Living at East Amherst. Solstice Senior Living is part of a new joint venture between the property’s ownership group, NorthStar Healthcare Income Inc., and Integral Senior Living, a senior living management services company. “Living and working at …

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The Breast Cancer Network of WNY and Windsong Radiology Group will present a free seminar for breast cancer patients and survivors this week. Windsong Breast Care Coordinator Kay Dekker will lead the seminar, “Surviving Cancer – Creating your Life Plan,” which will focus on treatment, the latest research, survivorship, clinical trials and resources available to Western …

The Western & Central New York Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society seeks high school students who are enthusiastic about volunteerism, philanthropy, community outreach and leadership for a new fundraising competition called Students of the Year. The leadership development and philanthropy program will teach students how to raise funds to invest in researc…

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Ice skating at the waterfront, yoga, Zumba and tai chi at several locations, and a holiday healing service in Williamsville 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 Farm-to-table seasonal supper: Pop-up restaurant event, Union Bl…

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The western region of New York State is reporting more flu cases this year than at the same time last year, according to Univera Healthcare’s review of state health data. As of Nov. 18, the western region – including Western New York and parts of the Finger Lakes – has so far reported around 0.8 flu cases per 100,000 people. By the same week last year, the region had re…

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Students in the Pembroke and Alexander school districts exercise less on weekends than during the school week. A lot less. The 1,800 students spread across five schools tend to exercise almost 44 percent less on Saturdays and Sundays than during the week, said Mai Nguyen (pronounced My Win), the Carol M. White PEP Grant director for the two Genesee County districts. …

Health and Fitness

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 submissions…

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The breaking point came for Paul Hamilton on June 25, 2016, as he labored up a stairwell and to his car after the NHL draft came to a close in downtown Buffalo. He was gassed physically, mentally and emotionally. Drained by excess weight, swollen legs and a back so sore he could barely stand for more than 5 minutes. So self-conscious by the way he looked that he chose t…