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Shirley Burrows needed follow-up treatment for three “superficial” bedsores when she was discharged from a Lockport hospital to a Newfane nursing home. Instead of getting better, Burrows’ sores worsened, her attorneys said. The wounds became infected, and a bone in Burrows' lower back was exposed. A Niagara County jury earlier this week awarded $1.25 million to the 7…

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Workers at Schoellkopf Health Center, a nursing home owned by Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, will share a state bonus paid to the facility as a reward for its highly rated care. The facility announced Thursday that employees will share about $85,000 from a performance award the nursing home received from the state Nursing Home Quality Initiative. Schoellkopf …

Calvary Episcopal Church in Williamsville will host a healing service next weekend for those struggling with sadness and grief this holiday season because of separation or divorce, a job loss, chronic disease or the death of a loved one. The church, at Milton and South Cayuga streets, plans a meditative service of prayers and readings at 4 p.m. Saturday as part of its w…

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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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The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption will help bring Western New York children waiting in foster care one step closer to being adopted into safe, loving and permanent homes with a large grant to Gateway Longview. The grant – $225,000 per year for up to three years – will fund three child-focused adoption recruiters for Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, a signature program of t…

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Erie County Health Commissioner Gale Burstein said 185 students at Transit Middle School and Williamsville South High School in Amherst and St. Mary School in Swormville may have been exposed to a school staff person diagnosed with tuberculosis. Notifications have been sent to the parents of all students exposed, she said. Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection that u…

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Sean Higgins has donated blood every eight weeks for about 11 years, and he never knew where the blood ended up — until Wednesday. That's when the Erie County sheriff's sergeant met little Evelyn Burkhardt, whose life was saved through blood transfusions. At 4 months old and 11 pounds, Evelyn looked comfortable in Higgins' arms in the lobby at John R. Oishei Children's …

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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…

NY State of Health, the official health insurance Marketplace plan, announced that more than 930,000 consumers have enrolled or renewed coverage in a Qualified Health Plan or the Essential Plan for 2019, outpacing those enrolled during the same period last year. Those wishing to renew or enroll in the Marketplace must do so by Saturday, for coverage starting Jan. 1. …

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Understaffing is a common problem in many of the worst-rated nursing homes in Western New York. Residents in these facilities often must wait long periods to be taken to the bathroom, have their diapers changed or receive assistance in being fed, according to their relatives. A proposed state bill would require nursing homes and hospitals to maintain specific minimum…

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New York State gave licenses to operate at least 10 Buffalo area nursing homes in the last decade to new owners who had been fined for providing poor care to residents at other nursing homes. Advocates for nursing home residents say the state must do more to prevent nursing home owners providing low-quality care from buying more long-term care facilities. "It is a re…

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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…

A student team from the University at Buffalo was among five finalists last week in a state Department of Health Aging Innovation Challenge, a crowdsource contest developed with HeroX to help older adults with daily activities. The UB team, called mRehab, was one of three runner-up teams to receive $5,000 for its design. The team’s device would use 3D printing and mobil…