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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…

Q: Our daughter and son-in-law have consented to be the guardians of our first grandchild, due in a few months. In preparation for this momentous event, we want to understand what our boundaries are. They will be living fairly close and we anticipate seeing them fairly often. When should we give advice and when should we not give advice? If we see them handling something w…

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Health and wellnessHealth fair: 9 a.m. to noon today, Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. More than 80 health providers will offer screenings, services, education and other preventive measures for a variety of health conditions. Hosted by Assemblyman Ray Walter.buffalo walk to defeat als: 11 a.m. today, Agassiz Circle entrance of Delaware Park, …

Q. The best poison-ivy remedy I know of is Plantago. I’ve seen people use common plantain leaves rolled up tight until they start to ooze juice. Some people chew the leaves and then wipe the green saliva on the rash.This works on poison ivy, bee stings, mosquito bites and even diaper rash.A. Plantain (Plantago major) is a weed that grows in many yards and fields across the…

Your 11-year-old is embarrassed to wear a swimsuit. Should you encourage her to don one anyway?Parent advice from our panel of staff contributors:Long-sleeve swim T-shirts are in style and in stores. Similarly, wet suit-style pants to the knee are too. Even the stars wear them. Check out People magazine. That should solve the problem if her reluctance stems from an unwilli…

Award will honor caregiverHomewatch 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 t…

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During the past decade, we’ve learned a great deal about what causes heart attacks and how to prevent them. But unless you follow medical news closely, there’s a chance you might have misconceptions about the risk factors for heart disease, or heart disease itself.Here are 10 commonly held but mistaken beliefs:1. If you have heart disease, you need to take it easy: “For th…

Wrinkles are a natural part of aging, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to prevent them. While plenty of us spend lots of money on creams and cleansers, the best place to find anti-aging products is in your grocery store or garden. What we eat is just as important – if not more so – as what we slather on our skin.Nourishing our skin from the inside out can help b…

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The bacteria that cause acne live on everyone’s skin, yet one in five people is lucky enough to develop only an occasional pimple over a lifetime. What’s their secret?In a boon for teenagers everywhere, a UCLA study conducted with researchers at Washington University in St. Louis and the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute has discovered that acne bacteria contain “b…

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The Kraeger family road trip to the central coast of Maine included a quick side visit last weekend to the Hurricane Deck at the Cave of the Winds in Niagara Falls State Park. The family of five was soaked afterward, but all smiles, despite a 10-hour drive from home the day before, including an hourlong “mis-navigation” near Youngstown, Ohio.Such a meaningful stop on their…

Dr. Amy Burke wants to be an inspiration to single moms and new doctors. Except for the debt part.Burke, 44, who grew up in Chittenango, near Syracuse, opened a new family practice several weeks ago on Southwestern Boulevard in Orchard Park.She got pregnant, with twins, during her freshman year at LeMoyne College, an experience that added both challenges and blessings to h…

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Rhonda Rotterman gets her power from protein, veggies and complex carbs. (Matthew Masin/Buffalo News) By Scott Scanlon – Refresh Editor Rhonda Rotterman had so many interesting things to say for this week’s Refresh "What are you eating?" Q&A – which will be published Saturday – that I wanted to share lots more from her in this blog. Rotterman, 47, of Ken…

The Women’s Respite Program will celebrate 25 years of service at a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Stella Niagara in Lewiston. Each year, the Respite Program, a nonprofit organization, provides time away to rest and renew for single mothers with low incomes, grandmothers raising their grandchildren and women with cancer. Diane Gianadda, a social worker doing home…

The Amberleigh Retirement Community is collecting items that will be donated to children in need before the start of the upcoming school year. Those interested in donating school supplies may drop them off through Aug. 16 at the Amberleigh reception desk, 2330 Maple Road, Amherst. They will be delivered in the coming weeks to The Teacher’s Desk, on Northampton Street in B…