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An educator told Michele Delo in fourth grade that she should try to talk more slowly because of her stutter. Delo became a very good listener, instead. “I became a covert stutterer,” the Town of Tonawanda native said. Delo avoided reading and making presentations in class. She passed on after-school clubs and sports. She got fast-food jobs in high school and afterwa…

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Tanisha Simmons packed on more than 80 pounds in the decade after she graduated from the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts. “I call myself a mall baby because the majority of my jobs during those years were in the mall,” Simmons said. “When you’re on your own and you’re working, you want the quick food.” The 29-year-old SUNY Buffalo State fashion maj…

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A Buffalo nursing home administrator suffered an apparent neck injury Tuesday morning when a diabetic resident's daughter attacked her during an argument over insulin withheld from her mother, according to several people familiar with the incident. Sharon Zeames, administrator of Safire Rehabilitation of Southtowns, was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital where s…

Rene Mount, director of nursing at Elderwood at Cheektowaga, has been honored as the 2019 Registered Nurse of the Year by the New York State Health Facilities Association/New York State Center for Assisted Living. “Rene’s compassion and love for her profession, combined with her insatiable thirst for advanced knowledge in every sector of nursing related to long-term car…

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The push to legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana seems to have gone up in smoke. Gov. Andrew Cuomo doused hopes Friday as he said in a radio interview that it didn't have the legislative support to pass. But what about the state's existing medical marijuana program? It may get bigger and more flexible. Last week, State Sen. Diane Savino and Assembly…

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By Judith Whitehead – Contributing Writer May is dedicated to practicing ways in keeping our eyes in good health. Here are several ways prevention can help preserve our precious eyesight: 1. Regular comprehensive dilated eye exams: These are a first-and-foremost effort to insure there are no silent diseases affecting our eyes. When we are dilated, the pupils enlar…

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The Independent Health Foundation Kids Run will be held rain or shine at 9 a.m. June 1 in Delaware Park. The 31st annual free event will include a mini-dash for children ages 2 to 5 and a 1.8-mile family run/walk for all ages. A diaper derby will be held for all babies who crawl. Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics, the Buffalo Soccer Club and several health and wellnes…

Business

Attorney Carol Heckman once clerked for a federal justice and worked as magistrate judge. These days, when she isn’t practicing government investigations, arbitration and federal Indian law, she helps her life partner run an equestrian business. Brigid Maloney was an assistant county attorney and served as general counsel for UBMD – a large group medical practice – befo…

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Roxanne Linton was 8 years old when she learned that hardening of the arteries ran in her family. It was a bitter lesson learned after a physically fit, middle-aged uncle died during a martial arts competition. Linton weathered a chronic illness in her late 20s that dogged her for several years, until she eliminated processed foods from her diet and took up regular exer…

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For hundreds of thousands of Canadians, apparently all it took to try marijuana for the first time was the nation's permission. Almost double the number of people reported using cannabis products for the first time in the first three months of this year compared with the same period last year, from 327,000 to 646,000, according to a survey by the Canadian government. …

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The Care Connection Lactation and Wellness Center will host its third annual Diaper Drive to help families who can use a lift when it comes to their young kids. One in three caregivers experience diaper needs for their children, according to the National Diaper Bank Network, and because they are considered a hygiene item, diapers aren’t covered through government progra…

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GObike Buffalo is about a lot more than fun and games. The nonprofit that oversees Slow Roll Buffalo and the Skyride has become the go-to grassroots biking organization since it rolled onto the scene in 2008 with a dream to build “a thriving, dynamic and connected Buffalo” by promoting biking and other alternative transportation in the region. To chase that mission, …

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The most avid bikers in the region ride year-round but May marks the official start of bicycling season for most. A calendar of events shows why. Slow Roll Buffalo: The fifth year of free, inclusive, Monday evening community bike rides starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Hostel Buffalo-Niagara, 667 Main St., and continues every week through October. The roughly 10-mile rides …

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Lung cancer kills an average of 422 Americans daily. Smoking is the main cause of these cases, although air pollution, radon and asbestos also contribute. More than 35 million people in the U.S. suffer from asthma, COPD (which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis), and other lung diseases. Western New York tends to have higher rates of these conditions, which…