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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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The owners of a thriving fitness center along Transit Road are about to breathe new life into the former Eastern Hills Mall location of the Buffalo Athletic Club. Jada Blitz Fitness owners Justin and Ashley Draper are putting the finishing touches on a major renovation of the club, which closed five years ago after the L.A. Fitness chain bought four co-ed BAC facilities…

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“We need to ground down in winter,” with warm, hearty but healthy foods that bow to the season, says Jessica Mascle, owner of Root and Rise Yoga and Ayurveda. We can also use a pick-me-up to get us going in the morning, which is why Mascle shared the following three recipes to reflect her seasonal eating philosophy for this time of year. Fresh Squeezed Juice  4 na…

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Jessica Mascle likes to throw one more ingredient into the mix of mind, body and spirit that many embrace with their holistic approach to good health. Nature. What does that mean as we slip into holiday season in Western New York? “The best word I can use to describe the energy outside is frenetic,” Mascle said. “It's kind of a wild energy out there when the wind …

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Gina Barrett started taking yoga classes 16 years ago after an overuse injury plagued her right leg. “I couldn’t run any longer,” said Barrett, a former school teacher who parlayed her challenge into a yoga career. She taught at studios in the Elmwood Village and Williamsville until opening her own seven years ago in the Village of Hamburg, in a former Blockbuster video…

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Two doctors at work on a brain cancer immunotherapy drug designed at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center reached another milestone Wednesday in announcing that SurVaxM will head into a larger clinical treatment trial with more financial muscle. Drs. Robert Fenstermaker and Michael Ciesielski – who developed the therapy to fight glioblastoma – will get help from a C…

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Dee Downer started donating blood in high school. “I like helping people and I wanted a way to do it,” said Downer, a health and human services major from Newburgh in her senior year at the University at Buffalo. The 21-year-old student found a slightly different way to fulfill that mission this year – and get paid. A friend told her about CSL Plasma, a private compa…

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Peggy Sullivan had the blessing – as well as the curse – of holding top jobs in the development and health insurance fields for nearly four decades. Good pay, professional respect (mostly), great challenges. Long hours, overwhelming demands at work at home (too often), and way too much business travel. “It would not be unusual for me to leave at 7 in the morning and …

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Mark Mortenson and his husband, Curt Maranto, have adopted five foster kids from broken families and are in the process of adopting a sixth. Despite the love they have given, they continue to ask themselves if they could have done more for their second-oldest son, who died by suicide nearly 18 months ago. “Obviously, as a person who loses a child, you always want to kno…

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Labatt Brew House brewmaster Ryan Brady got so excited about the impending first birthday of the innovation brewery that he threw a birthday cake into a batch of imperial stout he made to mark the occasion. “I worked with Bakery 55, which is in house. Not many breweries can say that,” said Brady, who moved to Buffalo from Rochester last year to run the brewhouse at Laba…

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Children in the 21st century spend free time a lot differently than Dave Bauer did in the 1960s, “when your parents let you out the door and they let you play in your neighborhood.” Society has changed a lot for kids during the last half-century, including a growing reliance on organized sports and a growing dependence on computer technology. Bauer, 68, a retired ear…

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Some stand in front of the water feature, fixated, for up to half an hour. Some push to the front of the line, no matter how many others stand in the way. Some beam over a hands-on exhibit one minute – and pitch a fit the next. None of it matters when kids with autism have exclusive run at Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Children’s Museum at Canalside durin…

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Mothers more engaged during active play with their infant children do a better job protecting them from obesity. What’s more, nurturing mothers also can help buffer their offspring from entering abusive relationships once they reach their teens. These are the findings of two new University at Buffalo studies that will capture international attention in coming weeks. …

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Lauren Walier has weathered a series of surgeries during the last two years to keep her airway open wide enough to allow her to breathe, while also protecting her vocal cords. Many of those with cerebral palsy are unable to speak, so the 21-year-old with strong ties to the region considers herself blessed to do so as she advocates across the globe for those with the gro…

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Jordan Berkhoudt has been diagnosed with pediatric rheumatoid arthritis, pain amplification syndrome and mitochondrial disease since he first experienced achy legs in grade school as part of a continuing mystery that gradually robbed him of his ability to walk. All missed the mark. “Doctors at first could only explain it as growing pains,” said his mother, Michelle. …

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University at Buffalo researchers are looking to learn more about limiting needless and potentially harmful prescription drugs for seniors, find a better way to measure muscle mass in older adults, and ease the loneliness for those struggling with social isolation. Their work got a boost Wednesday, with the announcement that the UB Center for Successful Aging will recei…