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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.


Health and Fitness

Neurofeedback – which can help retrain the brain – traces its roots to the 1970s, when Dr. Barry Sterman, a neuroscientist at UCLA, developed it to help those with epilepsy reduce seizures and NASA astronauts to more comfortably re-enter Earth’s atmosphere. Judy Chiswell had her first brush with the method in 1982, when workers for a Washington, D.C., company converting…

Education

Several leading men in the region will take center stage this weekend when the University at Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center hosts its annual Men’s Conference. The free event, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at 555 Ellicott St., looks to bring men together as part of a conversation about “Men Leading by Example.” “The conference will take a hard look at the…

Health and Fitness

The Massachusetts Avenue Project will host a Sip & CSA Day this weekend for those curious about the Community Supported Agriculture model and local food offerings. MAP will host the free event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at its headquarters, 387 Massachusetts Ave., with help from Community Beer Works, which will provide complimentary beer to guests who can talk to farme…

Business

Small business owner Susan Morreale began to change her diet during treatment for breast cancer 13 years ago. Sally Gower took the same route a decade ago, after she left a 30-year career as a pharmaceutical sales rep. “I always felt that people were more apt to go to a medicine or to take a pill than to make lifestyle changes to improve their health,” Gower said. …

Health and Fitness

Nutrition advice, shared simply and underlined regularly, can help establish healthier ways of eating that last a lifetime. That’s the idea behind Nutrition Simply Said, a new program that offers free nutrition classes at food pantries run by Catholic Charities of Buffalo. “We see and hear stories daily of people not having enough food to eat. They're not really know…

Business

Dedra Robinson grew up in the Commodore Perry public housing complex, was 13 when her mom died, and pregnant when she graduated from Hutchinson Central Technical High School. She had a job at Burger King by then, but it didn’t take long before work as a nurse’s aide seemed a better way forward. Kittrella Whitlock left Buffalo after graduating from the same school, lande…

Health and Fitness

Michelle Cloen doesn’t mind the 40-mile round-trip drive to work – especially on days licensed massage therapist Theresa Gantz stops by to address the aches and pains of her and her co-workers. “This was a big factor of why I said yes to the job,” Cloen, of West Seneca, cracked during her latest turn in the massage chair at Pine Pharmaceuticals in the Town of Tonawanda.…

Health and Fitness

A new medical device to lower the risk of infection from joint replacement surgery. More effective ways to treat a concussion. New methods to extend the lives of those with cystic fibrosis. If these medical breakthroughs come to pass, it will be partly because of an effort led on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to push the pace of health research. The National Ins…

Health and Fitness

WNY Walks – launched last year to improve walkability and walking for health across the region – recently announced plans to boost both in five ZIP codes in the Ferry Street corridor. The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo leads the overall effort. WNY Walks will partner with Stan Martin, of Cicatelli Associates, to boost walkability and regular physical activity in …

Local News

It was a great weekend for two people who purchased lottery tickets in Western New York. The New York Lottery announced Sunday morning that a Take 5 player won $31,617 after buying a ticket a day earlier at Tops at 800 Harlem Road in West Seneca. Lottery officials announced Saturday that an even luckier Mega Millions ticket purchaser will receive $3 million after a s…

Business

Elvira Aletta has battled kidney disease and scleroderma since she was in her 20s and wants to bring every evidence-based weapon necessary into the fight. “Living with chronic illness has made this a mind-body mission of learning how to take care of myself, because with chronic illness you have to live with a lot of discomfort,” she said. It helps explain why Aletta …

Health and Fitness

A regional orthopedic group looking to better serve its patients and the sports teams it helps train has brought a nutritional company into its fold. Balanced Nutrition of WNY last month became part of Excelsior Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and moved into the company headquarters on Sheridan Drive in Amherst. “We're not going by the latest fad or nutrition tren…

Food and Drink

What is it about an India pale ale that draws such a strong reaction from beer drinkers? Though the hop-happy beer is loved by many, it is spurned by an equal number. So we asked two beer fans who stand on opposite sides of the IPA aisle to explain their strong feelings about the brew. Greg Bauch is an author, comedian and former radio show producer who has never met an IP…

Health and Fitness

Heart disease doesn't just strike older men. It’s the No. 1 killer for men and women in the U.S. and this region. Stroke is No. 3 in the region. Here’s what you can do to protect your cardiovascular health. Get screened: Ask your primary care provider to start related screenings by age 25. Know your numbers: Five personal health indicators help determine risk: Total …

Health and Fitness

You wouldn’t know that Lynda Marino has a serious heart condition, save for the scar that ends near the top of her breastbone. Marino, 40, a busy mother of two young children, is tall, slender and outgoing – and fortunate to be alive. She was diagnosed in her mid-20s with cardiomyopathy, nearly died from cardiac arrest four years ago and weathered open-heart surgery …