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Scott Scanlon

Scott Scanlon, an award-winning reporter, is editor of WNY Refresh, which focuses on health, fitness, nutrition and family matters. A Western New York native, he is a graduate of the University at Buffalo and received his master's in history from Binghamton University.


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Jared Holsopple knows all about yo-yo dieting. He did it twice – going from 280 pounds to 205 back in college, and from 340 to 270 pounds three years ago, gaining all but 10 of those pounds back by late 2017. Both times, the weight went back on after initial success plateaued, his work and home demands intensified, and poor eating and exercise habits resurfaced. Last…

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Donna Kondrak was on high blood pressure medication for 25 years before her retirement two years ago. Two years earlier, she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. She also was overweight. “I was eating the SAD Diet – the Standard American Diet,” said Kondrak, 64, of Cheektowaga, a former pharmacy managerial assistant. “That consists of everything that made me sick. Animal…

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Miranda Patterson understands it isn’t easy getting older. In her younger days, she found little need to change daily habits that often included skipping breakfast, snacking on chips and cookies, enjoying pasta and fried foods for dinner, and a pre-bedtime ice cream treat. Things changed when Patterson, who grew up in Italy and Canada, turned 50. She was diagnosed wi…

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Madeline Reale got her first CrossFit membership as a Christmas gift four years ago, when she and her husband, Carmen, lived in Houston. The Bemus Point native met her husband two years earlier while they were at Rochester Institute of Technology. He grew up in Geneva, so they were a long way from home. He thought joining a gym would help the couple meet new people. …

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Diana Donnarumma plans to spend Christmas nestled inside the home where she grew up, enjoying the company of more than a dozen loved ones and a mutt named Sunny, and – if she can manage it – at least a few sips of her first holiday mojito since college. "Last year, we celebrated Christmas in the ICU," said Donnarumma, who hasn’t been able to eat or drink during Christma…

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Joseph DeMarco Sr. learned how to fly nearly four decades ago, when it cost $22 an hour to rent a small plane and $8 a lesson out of Quaker Flying Services in Orchard Park. Since he bought his first small plane in 2004, DeMarco has offered an even better deal to those who need medical care outside the region. Free. Soon after buying the plane, he tagged along on h…

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An average of 20 Americans die each day awaiting an organ transplant. More than 114,000 people are on the national transplant waiting list, including more than 10,000 in New York State – where organ donor rates lag behind those of most other states. “It’s not that the people in New York State don’t care, it’s that they don’t know how easy it is to donate,” said Thomas J…

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Looking for a gym to start the new year? Take time to choose the best gym for you and your family, and take a copy of the following list of questions as you visit potential options. Match your answers with what you see in various gyms in your goal to find the best fitness fit: WHAT ARE MY GOALS? Do I want to: _ Lose weight?  _ Build muscle?  _ Eat healthier?  _…

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Retina specialists are seeing red after a major health insurer told them they could be penalized next year if they too often use $2,000-a-dose brand name drugs to treat an eye disease instead of an off-label drug that runs about $50 a dose. Independent Health told eye specialists in October it wants them to use off-label Avastin when treating at least 60 percent of pati…

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Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick and, most of all, gospel singer Mahalia Jackson inspired Gloria Peay to raise her voice when she was growing up in the 1960s on the East Side. "I've always sang at church," said Peay, who fondly recalled cutting an album at age 12 with the youth choir at Mount Ararat Baptist Church. She lent her pipes for the lead of a song called “God Ca…

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Why hate winter when you can enjoy it by learning how to cross-country ski? The Buffalo Nordic Ski Club will present its annual open house from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Wick Center at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst. All are welcome free. Highlights will include a video covering cross-country skiing for beginning to advanced skiers, waxing clinic…

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An average of 20 Americans die each day awaiting an organ transplant, according to the federal Department of Health and Human Services. More than 114,000 people are on the national transplant waiting list, including more than 10,000 in New York State. A single donor can provide up to eight people with lifesaving organs and greatly impact at least 50 others through ti…

State troopers issued a stay in place order in and around the village of Limestone about Sunday afternoon, after a man with a long gun was walking on Paton Drive. The order was lifted three hours later, about 6:45 p.m., when troopers from the Olean barracks couldn’t locate the man. Troopers reported late Sunday that the suspect, a 42-year-old Limestone man, was taken…

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For more than a quarter century, the Kids Escaping Drugs Renaissance Campus required young people trying to recover from addiction to stay on-site at all times in a residential program. The nonprofit agency didn’t have a reintegration program allowing residents a chance to go to school, work or volunteer off the West Seneca campus, and come back nightly to take stock of…