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Henry L. Davis

Henry Davis is the health care reporter for The Buffalo News.


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Taking a drug from idea to an actual treatment takes many years of research and costs hundreds of millions of dollars. For every drug that wins approval from the Food and Drug Administration, thousands of experimental compounds fail in testing to prove safe and effective, or never even make it that far Researchers on that journey from lab to bedside at Williamsville-…

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The pain in Thomas Witakowski's head hit crushingly hard and fast. He struggled to slide to the floor from his bed, dial an ambulance, and crawl to the front door that he opened a crack for paramedics. An abnormality on a blood vessel had burst in the back of his brain, spurting blood like an open spigot into the space between the skull. Witakowski was having a stroke a…

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Irritable bowel syndrome is a common, costly and uncomfortable condition that's difficult to treat and embarrassing to deal with. That's why researchers, including those involved with a new study from the University at Buffalo, are attempting to come up with low-tech, practical solutions -- things like learning to identify triggers and strategies to relax. The 40 mil…

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Motivated by her experience during pregnancy, Kathleen Starkey started donating plasma twice a week 26 years ago after giving birth to four children. Results from a routine blood test given to moms-to-be showed Starkey was Rh negative, meaning she lacked an inherited protein known as Rh factor on the surface of her red blood cells. It can be a dangerous condition: If…

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Karen Booker plunked into a reclining shampoo chair after measuring her blood pressure with a hand-held monitor. She knows how important it is to know the numbers behind the force that moves blood through vessels, especially for African-American adults, more than half of whom have high blood pressure. "You need to get it checked. African-American women are in denial …

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Three of Western New York's major nonprofit health insurers performed better in 2017, each of them helped by gains in investments and lower administrative expenses. Mark Johnson, Independent Health's executive vice president and chief financial officer, attributed a $22.4 million surplus, up from $13 million in 2016, to effective management of medical costs, reduced adm…

Obituaries

March 1, 1974 – April 25, 2018 Brian McAndrews, a former Hamburg resident who went on to manage a Florida golf course, died suddenly April 25 in Gulf Coast Medical Center. He was 44. Mr. McAndrews, who moved to Florida in 1999 and lived in Estero, was born in Buffalo. He graduated from St. Francis High School, attended St. Bonaventure University and received a golf d…

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One Buffalo-area hospital earned a grade of A in a biannual national patient safety organization’s scoring for how well hospitals avoid errors and accidents. Six hospitals in the region received a grade of B in the spring 2018 rating by the Leapfrog Group, an employer coalition that promotes hospital quality and patient safety. The A went to Catholic Health's Kenmore…

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Two national experts on health care disparities will be in Buffalo Saturday as part of a major conference on health and equity organized to spark local initiatives to address the problem. The "Igniting Hope" conference – a collaboration among the University at Buffalo, the African American Health Disparities Task Force, Millennium Collaborative Care, Erie County Medical…

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One of Buffalo's major community health center's on Monday announced a $1.95 million loan from M&T Bank that will allow it to expand into the city's Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood, renovating a long-vacant building and creating as many as 500 new jobs. Jericho Road Community Health Center will move into 1021 Broadway in phases, starting July 9 with the opening of me…

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November 1, 1930 – April 8, 2018 Edward M. Recoon, a podiatrist for many years in the Buffalo area, died April 8 at Canterbury Woods in Williamsville. He was 87. Dr. Recoon was born and raised in Buffalo, the elder son of Harry and Leah Recoon, who emigrated from the Ukraine in the early 1920s. His parents operated a live poultry market, selling both kosher and non-k…

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A 21-year-old man was shot in the chest Friday evening during an alleged altercation in the downtown Metropolitan Transportation Center at 181 Ellicott St. Trevor Martin, 21, was charged with first-degree assault. Martin is accused of shooting Devan Wright, 21, according to an updated statement from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, which operates the downt…

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Jan. 2, 1936 – April 13, 2018 Robert S. Byrne Sr., a Buffalo firefighter, died April 13 in Mercy Hospital. He was 82. Mr. Byrne, of West Seneca, was born in Buffalo and graduated from Bishop Timon High School. He served in the Army in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He worked as a firefighter for the City of Buffalo for 26 years, retiring in 1991 from the Ladder 1…

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Jim Kelly's latest cancer surgery was a complicated and long procedure that will require more work to eventually complete the job. But the former Buffalo Bills quarterback is doing well enough following the key operation – a 12-hour affair performed March 28 at Mount Sinai West in New York City – that he will likely leave shortly to return home, the lead surgeon in the …

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Looking for an additional way to help women ride out the pain of childbirth, hospitals are turning to an old idea making a comeback – laughing gas. Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo is among the latest to offer nitrous oxide to women in labor. It joins hundreds of other facilities nationwide that have embraced the option in just the last few years. Pain during labor is…