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Jared Holsopple knows all about yo-yo dieting. He did it twice – going from 280 pounds to 205 back in college, and from 340 to 270 pounds three years ago, gaining all but 10 of those pounds back by late 2017. Both times, the weight went back on after initial success plateaued, his work and home demands intensified, and poor eating and exercise habits resurfaced. Last…

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Frank L. Williams didn't have bedsores when he left Kenmore Mercy Hospital and entered a nursing home for rehabilitation after a stroke. That fact is established in a document detailing his condition when he entered Safire Rehabilitation of Northtowns in the Town of Tonawanda. Four months later, when he returned to Kenmore Mercy, the 82-year-old retired ironworker ha…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco and electronic cigarette products from 18 to 21 and will include the change in his upcoming state budget proposal. The change will be part of a package of legislation that would end the sale of tobacco and e-cigarette products in pharmacies and clearly authorize the State Health Department to ban the sal…

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Donna Kondrak was on high blood pressure medication for 25 years before her retirement two years ago. Two years earlier, she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. She also was overweight. “I was eating the SAD Diet – the Standard American Diet,” said Kondrak, 64, of Cheektowaga, a former pharmacy managerial assistant. “That consists of everything that made me sick. Animal…

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Nine people in Buffalo suffered a drug overdose – and three of them died – over roughly 48 hours this weekend, Buffalo police said Monday. Two more fatalities are under investigation as potential overdoses, Capt. Jeff Rinaldo said. The uptick in overdoses, which started Friday afternoon, prompted police to urge anyone dealing with a drug addiction to call a 24-hour h…

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The flu is marching its way across New York State from east to west. While New York City and upstate counties to the east are seeing higher flu levels, it's only a matter of time before Western New York catches up — if history is any guide. The most recent county and state data show a spike in both local and statewide flu cases for the last week of December. In Erie and…

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A troubled Delaware Avenue nursing home has boarded up its doors after transferring the last of its residents to other facilities in the city, according to the facility’s state-appointed receiver. The closing of Emerald South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Wednesday came four weeks earlier than the projected Jan. 31 closing, according to an official with Grand Hea…

Those living with a diagnosis of younger onset dementia can attend a free educational program created and delivered by the Alzheimer’s Association Western New York Chapter. Younger onset dementia generally refers to a diagnosis before the age of 65. The Alzheimer's Association WNY Chapter says the “Living with Alzheimer’s” program will cover what that diagnosis means…

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That sweet scent of mango, coconut or cucumber emanating from high school locker rooms and bathroom stalls around the Buffalo region isn’t perfume or a deodorizer. That’s the smell of an epidemic — teenage vaping. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams in December declared e-cigarette use among American youth an epidemic, and issued an advisory stressing the importance…

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Chris and Kristina Wienckowski's daughter was the first Buffalo-area baby to enter the world in 2019. Charlotte Reese Wienckowski was born at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday at John R. Oishei Children's Hospital. She was followed by a baby boy born at Mercy Hospital at 12:54 a.m. The Wienckowskis' fourth daughter, who wasn't expected until Jan. 9, was actually born about 30 secon…

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Miranda Patterson understands it isn’t easy getting older. In her younger days, she found little need to change daily habits that often included skipping breakfast, snacking on chips and cookies, enjoying pasta and fried foods for dinner, and a pre-bedtime ice cream treat. Things changed when Patterson, who grew up in Italy and Canada, turned 50. She was diagnosed wi…

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By Judith Whitehead – Contributing Writer For the most part, glaucoma is an eye disease that damages the optic nerve of the eye and can rob peripheral vision slowly and methodically, without pain. This is why it is so important to get regular eye exams done by an eye doctor. Either an optometrist or ophthalmologist who is a medical doctor can perform this testing. …

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Think of what Alex Miller and Brittany Kruse are doing next month as the opposite of "Super Size Me." In that 2004 film, Morgan Spurlock tracked the deterioration of his health as he ate breakfast, lunch and dinner at McDonald's every day for an entire month. Miller and Kruse, on the other hand, will eat nothing but raw food for the month of January. The West Sene…

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A state senator from Niagara County announced Thursday he is proposing a package of bills to protect nursing home residents and improve the care they receive in facilities across the state. State Sen. Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, said that, while he was prompted into action by a series of stories published by The Buffalo News about abuses at local nursing homes, the bil…