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The Suneel’s Light Foundation will hold its annual fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday at Asbury Hall, 341 Delaware Ave. This year's event, titled Night for Hope, will include food and cocktails and music by the Speedy Parker Blues Band. There will be auction items from the Buffalo Bills and Sabres, as well as packages from restaurants, shops and companies. Al…

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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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A Buffalo nursing home has been hit with a second fine for the same 2018 incident involving “actual harm” to a resident who was mistakenly given insulin. The state Health Department levied a $10,000 fine against Humboldt House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Earlier this year, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services disclosed it fined the facility $47,827…

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Four in 10 upstate New York adults are not getting enough sleep – and the time change this weekend from daylight saving to standard time may compound that challenge. “Turning our clocks forward each March and turning them back each November disrupts our body’s natural 24-hour cycle, or circadian rhythm,” said Dr. Richard Vienne, vice president and chief medical officer …

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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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A former Buffalo nursing home with a troubled history that includes the tragic and violent deaths of two residents has been donated to a religious organization. Chabad of Buffalo, a Hasidic group, has accepted ownership of the tax delinquent structure at 1175 Delaware Ave. from a company associated with Long Island resident Benjamin Landa. Emerald South Nursing and Reha…

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By Judith Whitehead Special to The News November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability, and even death, in the United States. A staggering 1 in 10 Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, roughly 30 million people. More concerning, another 84 million adults in the U.S. at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, wh…

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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…

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Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, the nation's largest medical school, will use Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center as a clinical training site for the next 10 years. The commitment, announced Tuesday at Niagara Falls Memorial, "will enable Memorial to virtually double the number of medical students we host annually," said Memorial President and CEO Joseph A.…

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Sept. 28, 1933 – Oct. 12, 2019 Dr. Paul A. Nowakowski, a physician and surgeon who took leave from his private practice to serve in the Army Medical Corps during Operation Desert Shield, died Oct. 12 in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was 86. Born in Buffalo, he grew up in Eggertsville, attended St. Luke’s School and was a 1951 graduate of Canisius H…

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March 29, 1959 – Oct. 26, 2019 Dr. Alan Meholick, a cardiologist and partner in Buffalo Heart Group, died Oct. 26 in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, a month after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was 60. Born in North Tonawanda, he played trumpet in the marching band at North Tonawanda High School and graduated in 1977. That summer he met Athena Grenos on…

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GO Bike Buffalo has had another successful biking season. Through its Pop-up Complete Streets Program, it worked with municipalities to support the painting of 133 crosswalks in 13 communities in the region, with the support of 20 community groups. The nonprofit organization also implemented its first hardscape curb bump-outs using Lockport-based Rubberform’s recycle…

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The cardiovascular team at Gates Vascular Institute last week completed its 200th procedure using the Watchman device, a permanent implant that prevents blood clots from escaping a small pouch along the heart and causing a stroke. Those with atrial fibrillation – an irregular heartbeat, which, if left untreated over time, can result in death – have benefited from the pr…

Erie County

A $1 million federal grant will assist the Erie County's jail management division to fund re-entry services for inmates who have been identified with substance addiction or diagnosed with mental health disorders, Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announced Thursday. The grant, awarded through the U.S. Justice Department's Second Chance Act program, will fund the program for fou…