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What does someone do professionally after she graduates from Boston College with a bachelor's degree in biology and a side focus in filmmaking? Tamara Dawli parlayed that education into a career as a plastic surgeon. "I've always been into photography and art," said Dr. Dawli, a Nardin Academy high school graduate who grew up in the Buffalo Parkside neighborhood and …

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Workers and visitors in the Innovation Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus have a new healthy dining option – The Byte Wholesome Foods to Go vending machine. Chicken and veggie Buddha Bowls, salads and snacks, and drinkable yogurt, Blackman Farm juices and Bootleg Bucha are among the staples in the refrigerated food purveyor, installed late last month as part o…

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The 1-acre Common Roots Urban Farm in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood sells full and half shares of its fruits and vegetables during the growing season. The 500-acre Porter Farm in Genesee County does, as well, only in a sales and distribution region that stretches from Rochester to Buffalo and toward the Southern Tier. Farmers & Artisans Market in Snyder work…

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The daughters of Buffalo Bills and Sabres owners Kim and Terry Pegula have opened their second café in a spot where healthful eating matters a lot: Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Healthy Scratch grab-and-go café – in the Scott Bieler Clinical Science Center lobby at Carlton Street and Michigan Avenue – will serve Roswell Park patients, staff, visitors and…

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Watch Irish dancing or learn to polka. Get a discount if you join the YMCA. Attend a forum inspired by the #MeToo movement. These are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Pay the Day March membership promotion: Join any YMCA Buffalo Niagara branch this month and the join fee…

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The National Council on Aging’s Aging Mastery Program (AMP) will soon be available in eight counties in the region. AMP interactive classes, for adults 55 and older, encourages participants to develop sustainable behaviors that lead to health improvements, stronger economic security, enhanced well-being and increased participation in society. The council created the …

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A new TV ad on a diabetes drug has come onto the market. Injectable Victoza lowers blood sugar levels and addresses the higher risk of heart disease that comes with Type 2 diabetes – a chronic condition caused in large part by foods people choose to eat and exercise routines they decide to forgo. The drug also can help you lose weight. What struck me most about one …

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Life has changed in the five years since Darcy Thiel wrote "Bitter and Sweet: A Family’s Journey with Cancer." Her husband, Tim Colvin, has been gone for more than seven years now, after his death from late-stage gallbladder cancer at age 48. Their son, David, is 15, and has discovered his father's passion for hockey. And Thiel is walking her father through the la…

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Most people are still asleep when Steve Procknal and Jason Jerome lead a determined group through the fitness paces Wednesday mornings in and around Delaware Park. As many as several hundred people gather on the back steps of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery at 6 a.m. and take off – at 6:10 sharp – for 40 minutes of calisthenics and jogging. "The November Project is abo…

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Ice skating continues on two cooled outdoor rinks, a new yoga series starts at the Erie County Botanical Gardens and the 40th annual Shamrock Run rounds out the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. TUESDAY Parkinson’s caregiver support: 3 p.m., Weinberg Campus, 2700 N. Forest Road, Amherst; …

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The Western & Central New York Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) will present its 2018 “Service to Mankind” Award Saturday night to Debbie and Rocco Surace in recognition of their leadership and dedication to advance the society’s mission of curing leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and Hodgkin’s disease, and improving the quality of life of patients…

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Dr. Adam Burzynski shares a Polish heritage with many Western New Yorkers, but the way he ended up in Buffalo is more unusual. His father, Ryscard (pronounced Richard), was a recent chemistry graduate in 1980 when Communist government officials in Poland gave him a choice: He could leave the country to work as chemist or find a different career. If he left, he had to le…

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It was a brisk March day in 2008 when I milled about the South Buffalo starting line. I asked someone how to put the timing chip on my shoe, lined up for the bathroom plenty of times, and fought off nerves. The Shamrock Run was my first road race and the mixture of excitement and enthusiasm made me slightly nauseous. A true novice, I didn’t realize at the time that the …

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Tobacco smoking rates have fallen during the last generation in the U.S., but those who live in poverty and have less education continue to be three to four times more likely to smoke. The alarming rates also include women who are pregnant and choose to continue to smoke. New York State recognizes the danger by allowing women who are pregnant and have a child under a…

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Tobacco control measures have reduced overall smoking rates in the United States from 42 percent in 1965 to 15 percent by the middle of this decade, but a new American Cancer Society report says several vulnerable subpopulations continue to smoke at high rates. The populations include those in lower education and/or socioeconomic groups; from certain racial or ethnic gr…