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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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Athletes who look to boost their performance spend lots of energy in the gym and on the practice field, but they often overlook another key ingredient for success. Recovery. A new program at Excelsior Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Amherst looks to help high school athletes with that common oversight. The practice has started recovery workshops, including o…

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Kirsten Moysich has become a leading advocate in Western New York for cancer patients. She's also a very good role model when it comes to healthy living. Moysich, professor of oncology and member of the Department of Cancer Prevention and Control at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, focuses most of her research on the impact of exercise in cancer treatment. …

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Lucy Alessi reached a life milestone this summer — and she just turned 10 on Wednesday. The Clarence Center Elementary School fifth-grader and swimmer published her first book, a 47-page look into her yearlong effort to improve her times and forge new friendships on a pair of Western New York swim teams. "BRB I Need to go to Swim Practice: A girl's guide to competiti…

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Embrace Recovery Buffalo, a new nonprofit group dedicated helping people and families challenged by addiction, will host a free related program this weekend. “Understanding Addiction and Recovery,” will run from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 22, at the HUB, 4999 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg. Presenters will include Dr. Arthur Weissman, who will focus on effective treatment and hop…

A new center that treats patients with chronic and acute kidney disease with at-home and in-center dialysis machines has opened its sixth center in the region, this time in the Town of Tonawanda. U.S. Renal Care cut the ribbon Thursday on its new center at 2880 Sheridan Drive. It joins a pair of other centers each in Tonawanda and Cheektowaga, as well as one in Williams…

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Shawna Bowman has tried several ways to deal with the pain in her arthritic right knee, including cortisone injections, physical therapy and “gel shots” that lubricated her joint. Bowman, 59, a part-time dental office worker from Lockport, suspects she will need a knee replacement at some point – but not now. She shudders at the idea that she might need another in her 7…

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Researchers at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center have released findings of a new study on the dangers of electronic cigarettes as a federal agency considers banning flavored chemical liquids that fuel them. The Roswell Park-led study, the first of its kind, concludes that nicotine levels in a relatively new “pod” class of e-cigarettes – by far the most popular va…

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Seth Piccirillo rode his bike a lot while growing up in Niagara Falls, not far from the fringe of Hyde Park. “Ironically, this year, because it seems everything is returning to childhood, I've been riding my bike more often because there are more trails,” said Piccirillo, community development director in his hometown for the last six years. Longstanding and woeful h…

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Linda Ramsey didn’t discover the name of the terrible disease that claimed the life of her 1-year-old son, Kevin, until after he died in 1997. Kevin was fine his first couple of months, but as he grew his body wasn’t giving him the energy he needed to prosper. He struggled to swallow and started missing milestones. "He wasn't sitting up,” his mother said. “He couldn'…

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Fichte, Endl & Elmer Eyecare will participate in its third annual National Sight Week by offering free cataract surgery for local patients with low incomes and little or no medical coverage. "My partner and I feel it is very important to give back to the community in which we live and practice in," said Dr. Michael J. Endl, who will handle the surgeries along with f…

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The Create A Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative will host its second annual Walk the Falls event Saturday in continuing efforts to connect city residents and visitors to each other, the community and the waterfront. Walk participants are welcome to walk, run or bike, starting with on-site registration at 9 a.m. at the Niagara Gorge Discover Center in Niagara Falls St…

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Localvore beer drinkers who want to soak up what “local” means can consider the following possibilities during Buffalo Beer Week: Wet Buffalo  Style: American pale ale. Brewery: Rusty Nickel, 4350 Seneca St., West Seneca. Local ingredients: 99 percent from the state with Queen City Malts grains from Rochester, and hops from Alfredson's Hop Farm in Hamburg and H…

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The flourishes vary, but all beer has four essential ingredients: water, malt, hops and yeast. Water that goes into making craft beer in Western New York flows from the region. That’s not always the case, however, when it comes to the other staples. Yeast comes mostly from a company in Hood River, Ore., though it can then be cultivated into in-house varieties. Hop…

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The Buffalo-Niagara Brewers Association's annual celebration of all things beer, Buffalo Beer Week, runs from Sept. 14 to 23. This year's theme is education, including an emphasis on the value of the local nature of the beverage. It will feature dozens of events, presentations and craft beers brewed specially for the occasion. Here are some highlights of the scheduled a…

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Roughly 100,000 boxes of paper records once stood up to 20 feet high in a sprawling warehouse on Grand Island. Then Ken Knight found pickleball. He started playing the racket sport with friends in July 2017, after managers of the Buffalo Launch Club on Grand Island put pickleball courts atop the club's outdoor tennis courts. "We didn't have a clue about what pickl…