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Henry L. Davis

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


Ill-designed buildings and poor estimates of the effort needed to rescue people trapped beneath rubble turned the Dec. 7 earthquake in Armenia into a "disaster of engineering," according to U.S. scientists who traveled to Armenia."Lack of connections between floors and the surrounding walls was the key reason for much of the damage. It was not a matter of inadequate d…

Unless Roswell Park Memorial Institute receives more state aid immediately, conditions at the cancer center will deteriorate beyond repair, a doctor warns in a letter to Gov. Cuomo."The promises of financial commitment made (by the state) to the institute in the past few years never became a reality," wrote Dr. K.L. Parthasarathy, associate chief of Roswell Park's nuc…

Arnold Gregory Memorial Hospital in Albion will end all its operations except the skilled nursing facility Friday due to financial problems and a shortage of medical personnel.The move will eliminate 35 jobs and leave Orleans County with only one hospital, the 101-bed Medina Memorial Hospital about 10 miles from Albion.The decision to close the 36-bed hospital surpris…

Roswell Park Memorial Institute will cease to exist as a comprehensive cancer center un less it can increase physician salaries and refur bish its facilities, according to a report sched uled to be released today by a national group of scientists.The eight-member Scientific Advisory Council reaffirmed statements by Roswell Park officials that the institute never will b…

All Michael Tobin wants is to resume the life of an average teen-ager.To do that, he needs a new heart.Unfortunately, hearts for transplants are in short supply. Tobin, an honors student and high school athlete, has learned much about frustration and patience while he waits.The 18-year-old's plan to study anthropology or psychology at Miami University in Ohio is on ho…

A dramatic increase in the price of clotting factors used to treat hemophiliacs is reducing local inventories of the blood product and causing financial problems for the regional center that coordinates medical care for people with the disorder.Prices for the blood product rose as much as 829 percent from 1987 to 1988, prompting the Hemophilia Center of Western New Yo…

A state plan to improve graduate medical education recommends that schools and their affiliated hospitals increase the number of minority physicians in training, place greater emphasis on training programs for primary-care doctors and form collaborative groups to pool funds and monitor quality.In a report to be issued today, the Council on Graduate Medical Education w…

A new study shows the number of AIDS patients in Western New York will reach 400 by 1991 with 200 new cases expected this year, about 15 percent more than state projections.The latest predictions are contained in a study to be used by regional health planners to coordinate and identify gaps in AIDS services.Moreover, the new estimates say there are 6,000 Western New Y…

Carley Mallon became a patient at a young age -- one month before her birth.A hole in the wall of muscle and connective tissue separating her abdomen and chest had allowed her stomach and intestines to pass through. The organs squeezed her tiny lungs and heart.Doctors diagnosed a congenital diaphragmatic hernia and gave her a slim chance of survival, maybe 10 percent.…

Patients waiting for heart transplants are dying because of a shortage of donor organs.Nearly all the transplants have succeeded during the first year of operations at Buffalo General Hospital's new heart transplant center, but not enough donor hearts are available for the hospital to perform as many procedures as it planned or to satisfy the number of potential recip…

VOLUNTEERS WITH arthritis of the knees are pumping iron in a State University of Buffalo study to learn whether stronger muscles will improve their condition.Arthritis is joint inflammation and refers to more than 100 diseases that cause swelling, redness, pain, stiffness and loss of motion in joints and supportive tissue. More than 36 million people in the United Sta…

Buffalo researchers have figured out an easy and safe blood test to determine how heart-attack victims injected with new clot-dissolving drugs are responding to the treatment.The test allows weakened victims to avoid arteriography, where the physician passes a catheter into the heart to see if the blocked artery has reopened, until they regain their strength.Moreover,…

The Western New York AIDS Task Force spent the third highest amount per client among eight community groups funded by the state's AIDS Institute, which was urged Thursday by the state comptroller to watch its money more carefully.State Comptroller Edward Regan questioned the wide variations in costs per client among the eight groups.The annual costs per client ranged …

Two-thirds of Western New York's hospitals made money in 1987, making this region one of only two in the state where hospitals showed an overall profit for that year, according to a report published by the Hospital Association of New York State.More than half the state's hospitals lost money in 1987, a trend that is expected to worsen during 1988 and 1989 because of d…