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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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Kids like to talk about food, at least if a couple of new farm-to-school lessons at Southside Elementary School in South Buffalo are an example. The lessons showed that the program buzz is palpable among students — who are more than willing to throw their parents under the bus when it comes to their lack of healthy food choices at home. Take the fourth-grader who lea…

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Several buildings and landmarks in the region will be illuminated in purple Thursday night to mark World Pancreatic Cancer Day. Big Ditch Brewery, Buffalo General Medical Center, Buffalo Place (Main Place Mall), M&T Bank and One Canalside will be bathed in purple to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer, as well as encourage support for those with the disease, as …

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Allison Schroeder understands the pain that can grip a family after suicide. She tried to take her life three times in the months after her brother, Matt, took his in October 2015, two weeks before his 35th birthday. “Everything was so clouded by my anxiety and depression and my grief that I wasn't thinking straight and doing things I would normally do,” said Schroed…

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Let the beer experiments begin in the Cobblestone District. Labatt Brew House, a new innovation brewery and the first of its kind under the Labatt name, will open Saturday alongside KeyBank Center. Your grandfather will likely embrace the industrial feel of the place – the exposed ceilings, metal trimmings and wooden tabletops – but he never had a Labatt beer the lik…

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Spend $27 on a Monday night yoga class at the Buffalo Bills practice facility and Pegula Sports & Entertainment will throw in a free ticket to a Bills home game. Impact Yoga will present Namastadium: Yoga in the Fieldhouse from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the ADPRO Sports Training Center in Orchard Park. Like Impact’s classes at HarborCenter on the Buffalo waterfront, the …

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If anyone out there still thinks smoking is harmless, consider this: The regional cancer hospital has a robust research program bent on learning more about why some people smoke, what damage the addictive habit can cause, and which forms of tobacco and nicotine delivery cause the most harm. “What motivates us is where the health risks are,” said Andrew Hyland, chairman …

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Alexus Scott had two children with her boyfriend when she was a teen. When they decided to have a third child together last year, she chose to take a healthier approach to pregnancy. That meant an end to smoking several Black & Mild cigarillos a day. Scott, 26, a home health aide who lives in Rochester, turned to the Baby & Me – Tobacco Free Program for help. …

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Molly Furminger spent an hour stretching, twisting and turning Monday night at the new and expanded Danceability studio – and why not? The 5-year-old with Down Syndrome also regularly camps, swims and skis. "Her mom and dad let her try everything,” said Molly’s grandmother, Judy Ferrentino, who, like Molly, lives in Clarence. It’s an approach that dance studio co-…

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The Winter Festival of Lights will hosts its first Cascades of Fire: International Fireworks Competition starting this weekend in Niagara Falls, Ont. Fireworks teams from around the world will present an 18-minute pyrotechnic display synchronized to music starting at 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as Nov. 16 and 17. Team Canada will close the series at the …

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The Familial Cancer Society of Western New York will host a craft beer and wine tasting fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Tewksbury Lodge, 249 Ohio St., along the Buffalo River waterfront. Andrea Whitmarsh – the third generation in her family to have the BRCA 2 gene mutation, which raises the risk of breast and other cancers – led the effort to found the organizati…

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YMCA Buffalo Niagara has teamed up with the Food Bank of WNY to help fight hunger this holiday season. All are welcome to bring nonperishable food to any local YMCA branch this month. The Y also asks all YMCA Turkey Trot participants to do so when they come to packet pickup Nov. 19-21 at the Independent Health Family Branch YMCA, 150 Tech Drive in Amherst. Donatio…

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Below is a list of common questions about the influenza vaccine. Answers were provided by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Thomas Russo, professor and chief of infectious diseases in the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Dr. Richard Vienne, Univera Healthcare vice president and chief medical officer; and …

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The fever, chills and deep malaise Sue Durfee felt two years ago during five bedridden days returned sharply to her mind this week as she stopped in a Grand Island grocery store pharmacy, rolled up a sleeve and asked for a flu shot. “It didn’t hurt at all. I pass out when I give blood, but I'm fine with this shot,” said Durfee, of Boston, N.Y., after Regional Tops Marke…

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Tai chi first intrigued Brendan Fallon when he was a 17-year-old high school student at Buffalo City Honors. His father started to take classes a year earlier and kept a chart with some of the movements on the family refrigerator. By his early 20s, Fallon was hooked. He bounced from college to college — including a yearlong stint in China — and toyed with giving up h…

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Chemotherapy transfusion appointments in recent weeks looked much like Halloween for Mai Nguyen, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in April. Nguyen (pronounced Win) used cooling cap cryotherapy during four chemo treatments as the agent doxorubicin – better known as the “Red Devil” because of its harshness – dripped into her veins. It was worth the unusual look – a…