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Erie County Medical Center had the distinction last year of releasing a teen patient with severe autism from the behavioral health emergency room – after 304 days. The 16-year-old was one of hundreds with developmental disabilities in the region – and thousands across the nation – who fall into a gray area each year. Where to best help them when an explosive outburst re…

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Erin Szwajda discovered yoga after her mother, Nancy Ward, was diagnosed five years ago with multiple sclerosis. "I was on a quest to help my mother and fell in love with the practice myself," said Szwajda, of Hamburg, who became a yoga instructor about two years ago after receiving her training at the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo. She will be among two dozen instr…

Employees picketed Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston Tuesday to protest what their union said was inadequate staffing levels that endangers the quality of care at the Catholic Health affiliate. The picketers represented more than 400 members of Local 1199 SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East, whose contract expired Oct. 31. Members include nurses and aides, technica…

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By Judith Whitehead – Contributing Writer July is Dry Eye Awareness Month. When a person does not have the ability to produce enough of their own natural tears to adequately lubricate their eyes, they have a condition called dry eye. More than 40 million Americans suffer from dry eye, and many mistake their symptoms for allergies, fatigue or living in a dry environme…

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Outdoor yoga, salsa dancing and biking are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Summer yoga: The Winery at Marjim Manor, 7171 E. Lake Road in Newfane, will host a yoga class at 5 p.m. and it will be tailored to those who attend. If attendees prefer, it can be held outside. Call …

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The Town of Tonawanda Police Department has changed its stance on carrying the lifesaving opiate rescue drug. Police officers will be carrying naloxone, Town Supervisor Joseph Emminger said. "It is my understanding the Tonawanda Police are going to be trained and will be carrying Narcan in the near future," Emminger said. Narcan is the brand name for naloxone, whi…

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Parts of Lackawanna and Niagara Falls are considered food deserts, a designation the federal government defines as an urban census tract where at least a third of residents struggle to find the means to reach a supermarket with healthy, affordable food within a mile of home. Jennifer Tynan is among those working to bring better wellness to such places. Two of her weapon…

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All elementary, middle and high schools across New York State now will be required to teach about mental health, under a new law that took effect this month. Billed as the first of its kind in the nation, the legislation was signed into law in 2016, after years of lobbying by the Mental Health Association in New York State. “If you look at the statistics about mental…

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Slow Roll times two, yoga in the Elmwood Village and Zumba on the beach are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Fitness in the Parks: Take a Pilates class at 10 a.m. in Stiglmeier Park, 810 Losson Road, Cheektowaga, one of 500 free outdoor classes in 23 parks across the region …

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Put on your workout gear and head outdoors for the third season of Summer City Fitness at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Every Saturday through Sept. 1, residents will be able to attend free exercise classes from 10 to 11 a.m. near the MLK Jr. statue at the park, located at Fillmore and Best streets. The workout includes a mix of low- and high-impact dance classes desi…

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Before & After Fitness Center General Manager Joe Hanula spends part of some workdays visiting senior centers. He often starts his presentations with this question: By a show of hands, whose best years are in front of them and whose best years are behind them? "It's a very impactful statement because no one wants to feel like they're done," Hanula said. "I want to e…

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About 50 union workers raised safety and understaffing concerns Thursday afternoon outside a Buffalo nursing home where a resident fell to his death earlier this month while apparently trying to escape. Virginia Holt, who just retired from the Emerald South Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, said staffing shortages there have resulted in a lack of care for the home's …

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Catalyst Fitness expects to spend up to $3.5 million to transform the former Dick's Sporting Goods store in Amherst into its newest gym. That's on top of the $3.4 million the company paid for the nearly 56,000-square-foot building at 281 Meyer Road, off Maple Road, on Thursday, public records show. Catalyst's purchase comes 3½ months after the lender took over the prope…

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Amy Schule understands the challenges that can come with kids and summer. More places to drop off and retrieve children, often at less convenient times. Messier homes to clean. More worries about how sons and daughters are spending time while parents are at work. "My husband and I feel like we've had two families: our poor older kids, who we were a mess with, and the…