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A new, headline-grabbing report reveals the amazing power of two crucial “fat swaps” to protect guys against fatal prostate cancer. We think this way of eating could slash breast cancer risk, too.Just make two changes: 1. Choose vegetable-based fats – extra virgin olive and canola oil, nuts and seeds, avocado – over animal fats. 2. Replace some of the carbs on your plate w…

Dear Mayo Clinic: Is it possible to increase my flexibility? I am 39 and have never been flexible, despite working out regularly. But I feel like it’s getting harder and harder to fully stretch, and I wake up feeling much older than I am. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.Answer: Yes, it is possible to increase flexibility, no matter what age you are. Stretching…

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By Scott Scanlon Refresh editorIt was tough to fill up all the boats when Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper started its kayak tours on the Buffalo waterfront four years ago.Not anymore.This summer, the organization’s 30 vessels are booked to capacity for many of the trips planned through September, and those on the tours are hitting the water with a growing number of other enthu…

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Learn firstThe following online sites can teach you more about the WNY paddling scene:• bnriverkeeper.org: Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper gives beginner kayak lessons and offers free tours on the Buffalo River, Scajaquada Creek, Black Rock Canal and Cayuga Creek in Niagara Falls. Sign up online. The nonprofit has 30 kayaks available for those who don’t have one – courtesy of …

Janet Snyder, left, talks with paddling instructors Laura and Jeff Liebel last weekend before an outing on the Buffalo River (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)   By Scott Scanlon -- Refresh Editor Western New York paddling instructors Jeff and Laura Liebel, Bob Van Hise and Vanessa Wazny had so many interesting things to say about kayaking and canoeing last week, that …

The annual Buffalo Walk to End Alzheimer's – which supports the free services, classes and outreach of the local Alzheimer's Association Chapter – is scheduled for this fall. Across Western New York, more than 160,000 people are dealing with the disease, including about 53,000 afflicted with it. The Alzheimer's Association, Western New York Chapter, provides…

Homewatch CareGivers, a home care agency, is accepting nominations for its second annual Family Caregiver of the Year Award. The award recipient will receive a day of respite care, a $50 restaurant gift card and the title of Family Caregiver of the Year. Two runners-up will receive three hours of respite care each. The award will be given based on the magnitude of care a…

Karen and Eric Johnson learned the hard way that their son, Owen, had a food allergy.When Owen was 15 months old, the family pediatrician suggested the Town of Tonawanda couple add peanut butter to their son’s diet for protein, even though the toddler had a history of eczema – a red flag that allergies might be lurking.Owen’s first taste, though small, was almost deadly.“H…

Scott Scanlon – Refresh Editor Dr. Amy Burke comes from a blue collar background insuburban Syracuse. Her dad, Edmund, worked at GE in Syracuse and retiredabout the time the factory closed there. “He was the best father ever,” she said. “My dad worked asecond job just to pay for my braces. He was a janitor. He was a typical IrishCatholic who taught you how to work hard.” H…

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If you did some solid advance planning for your family vacation, chances are better that you’ll have less stress and more fun. But after you arrive at your destination, there still are other things you can do to make the time count in meaningful, relaxing ways. Here are a few tips:1. Continue to eat well: Tony and Beth LaMagna and their granddaughter, Sky, 14, who live nea…

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A lot of people I know who have lost significant amounts of weight find going on vacation a really mixed bag of emotions.On the one hand, there’s all the stuff you usually look forward to while going on the vacation. On the other hand, there’s the stress that always seems to accompany getting ready for the voyage, which can lead to overeating.There are all the temptations …

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Rhonda Rotterman has made the most of her time since her kids grew up and moved out of the house.Rotterman, 47, of Kenmore, has found it easier to eat well and exercise more during the last couple of years. It shows. Since last spring, she has been the overall winner of the National Physique Committee Miss Buffalo, Miss Rochester and Miss Northern Kentucky physique competi…

Gentlemen, according to the Feds, prostate cancer screening for asymptomatic men appears to be worthless.I can smell controversy in the air, and I hate controversy.I like things to be open and shut, but medicine isn’t that way. It’s often messy. When new data comes out telling us we’ve been doing something wrong for years, no one celebrates. A good example was breast cance…

Scheduled for surgery? You’re no doubt thinking hard about what to do before and after to support optimal healing.Just in time, a series of good-news reports reveal that simple steps at home – and with your doctor’s help – can slash infection risk, bolster immunity, reduce pain and help you recover better.Case in point: Post-surgery infections hit up to 10 percent of patie…

There was a perfectionist among readers who wrote in about keeping New Year’s resolutions based on our cover story last week about three Western New Yorkers who did so – and had great success a half year later.Joe Sexton, a Twitter follower of Refresh, did nothing.“For the 47th year running, I have been totally successful in keeping my New Year’s resolutions: Don’t make an…