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HENRY L. DAVIS


Sjogren's syndrome is a frustrating disease.The most common symptoms are deceptively simple – dry eyes and a dry mouth. But the disorder is often dismissed or misdiagnosed until the condition leads to serious problems throughout the body that are difficult to treat.Now, however, researchers at the University at Buffalo and IMMCO Diagnostics of Amherst say it may be possibl…

The transformation of Main Street along the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is about to get started.Fencing went up Monday, and construction is expected to begin soon on a major medical office building on the block bounded by Main, High, Ellicott and Goodrich streets.The major tenants will include doctors associated with the University at Buffalo medical group known as UBMD…

A public relations battle over a proposed scrap metal business at Hertel Avenue and Military Road continued over the weekend in advance of a review by the city Planning Board on Tuesday.Former Erie County Executive Joel A. Giambra is representing Ben Weitsman & Son, which wants to spend $7 million to open a scrap metal operation on the site of a former auto wrecking busine…

If you want a glimpse into the future of medicine, look at Mary Sullivan.The 63-year-old retiree from Corning lives anxiously with lung cancer, a disease that causes more deaths each year than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined.Progress in treatment has been slow, but there are encouraging signs.Her doctors at Roswell Park Cancer Institute compared her tumor cells …

The opening of a 101-year-old time capsule Monday from the former Deaconess Hospital revealed that those who filled it were news junkies.The toaster-sized brass box contained mainly newspapers from Sept. 9, 1911, the day before the cornerstone of the hospital was laid on Humboldt Parkway.The media landscape back then was chockablock with newspapers, and the time capsule ca…

Buffalo restaurateur Russell Salvatore has donated $195,000 to Erie County Medical Center for new flat-screen televisions in about 350 patient rooms.The gift prompted the medical center to end its practice of charging patients a fee for television use.Salvatore was treated at ECMC for a broken ankle, and made the gift in appreciation of the care he received."This is the se…

The presidential election is over.The Affordable Care Act, what critics derisively call "Obamacare," is the law of the land.And, after 100 years of failed attempts to create universal health insurance, the country is haltingly headed toward a historic reform of the health care system to cover 32 million uninsured Americans, starting in 2014.But now comes the hard part: mak…

Buffalo-area businessman Sal H. Alfiero donated $5 million Thursday for a new children's hospital downtown, saying the institution is an important and enduring piece of the region's health care landscape.The gift is the largest personal donation in a $40 million fundraising campaign for the proposed $200 million facility, which will go up at Ellicott and High streets, acro…

Women & Children's Hospital is expected to announce today a $5 million gift to help construct a new pediatric hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.The gift is the largest personal donation in a $40 million fundraising campaign for the proposed $200 million facility, which will go up at Ellicott and High streets, across from and connected by a walkway to Buffalo G…

Gilda's Club Western New York announced Tuesday it will merge with the Life Transitions Center at the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care.A support group, Gilda's Club formerly was an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, its national licensing organization. However, the licensing agreement did not permit Gilda's Club WNY to charge members for services, a business mo…

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center on Monday dedicated a new surgical suite to house its robotic surgery program.The $3 million project expanded the patient recovery area, updated and redecorated the family waiting area and supported technology upgrades, including purchase of a $1.7 million robotic surgery machine.In February, the hospital announced it had purchased the…

A $1.5 million gift to Roswell Park Cancer Institute from New Era Cap Co. will allow construction to start next year on a major addition to the cancer center.The gift announced Thursday brought to $40 million the amount raised for the 11-story Clinical Sciences Center planned for the northwest corner of Michigan Avenue and Carlton Street, abutting the cancer center's main …

The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care plans to temporarily lay off as many as 40 employees next year as it embarks on a major renovation of the inpatient unit at its Cheektowaga campus.The $8 million project involves renovation of 22 short-stay patient rooms, as well as upgrades to the kitchen and heating and air conditioning, relocation of a chapel, and construction …

Young patients with cancer and blood diseases will receive care under one roof at a new children's hospital in a plan announced Thursday to unify services now provided separately by Kaleida Health and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.Officials from the two institutions signed a memorandum of understanding that dedicates a floor of a new children's hospital to Roswell Park's p…

Jenny Grimm took an elbow to the head from an opposing player that knocked her unconscious during her first lacrosse game in 2011 at Seton Hall University.When the freshman came to later, Grimm began what she looks back on as the worst year of her life.She is among the 10 percent of concussion patients who don't recover within about six weeks. She suffered severe headaches…