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It’s that time of year for farmers’ markets, outdoor pot lucks and, of course, brats on the grill. With a bit of vigilance, you can make this a wonderful summer you’ll treasure because “nothing bad happened.”The “bad” here is injury stuff. A safe summer is just like safe sex – take precautions and you’ll reduce the risk. The downside to this advice is that no one, includin…

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The message we often get when it comes to navigating the ever more complex world of medical care is that we need to seize control of our health and wellness by blazing our way through the system like a hearty American pioneer. But here's one part of health care where rugged independence will do little to serve you: finding a doctor in short supply in Western New York. …

Food allergies are skyrocketing in North America and around the world.Rates in children and teens have gone up 50 percent in the past 15 years, to 1 in 20, one new report says. And today’s numbers could be even higher: A recent survey of 38,000 parents found that 1 in 13 kids have had mild to life-threatening reactions to everyday foods including milk, eggs, nuts, wheat an…

By Danielle BraffChicago TribuneWe’ve been told to stand up straight as long as we’ve been able to stand, but sometimes it’s harder than it seems.We know why we should do it. Good posture looks good, feels good and makes us look slimmer. On the flip side, studies have linked poor posture with lower self-esteem, depression and back pain.But, sometimes, posture pointers are …

MONROE, Wisc. – Want to feel better and lose a few pounds this summer?One big way is to do your best to avoid fast foods. Here’s how Scott Ryan Tischler, of Tischler Brothers Fitness, recommends you do both:1. Start exercising a few days a week: Remember to start slowly when starting a new workout program. If your body experiences any unusual pain, stop immediately and con…

By Catherine Mallette / Baltimore sunRight from the start, I knew we would have problems in our relation- ship. We were too much alike, he and I. Type A. Achievers. The kind who love lists and checking things off. The kind who love control.And yet, as the new year rolled in with all its resolutions and promises of change, I made a commitment to him. I downloaded the app to…

Walkers sought for Light the NightTeams of walkers and team captains are being recruited for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk to be held in Delaware Park on Sept. 27. A luncheon for team captains will be held at noon Thursday at Chef’s Restaurant, 291 Seneca St., where they will meet the chapter’s Light the Night patient ambassadors and have the opp…

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Denise Salmons, 48, is operations manager at Cornerstone Community Credit Union in Lockport, but she has another title this weekend: captain of Kickin’ Asphalt, a 12-member team from mostly Niagara County in the midst of a two-day relay race north of the border.The team is among more than 100 participating in the first annual, 193-mile Niagara Ontario Ragnar Relay, which s…

“Are you trying to tell me something?” I asked my preteen grandson.“Um, uh, yes.”“Then don’t use that word. You know how I feel about it.”“OK.”And the conversation proceeded from there, unimpaired by repeated insertions of “like” into every sentence, as in, “I, um, like, wanted to go to like the soccer game but like I wasn’t like able to because like I had to stay home and…

When we lose a loved one, it seems nothing is right with the world. The sorrow that follows can be debilitating for anyone, and grief for a child can be a confusing process, and their reactions are the most often overlooked. To address the needs of grieving children, the bereavement department of Niagara Hospice will offer its 13th Camp Hope from June 28 to 30 at the YMCA’…

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Health and wellnessHealth screenings: The OG Cruisers and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will host a free car show from noon to 5 p.m. today and health screening event from 1 to 3 p.m. at Highland and Centre avenues in Niagara Falls. Lunch and refreshments will be available. For more info, call 285-2382.Diabetes support: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Room 723A, Mount St. Mary’…

The American Heart Association will host the Buffalo Niagara Heart Ball this evening but the black-tie event isn’t the big news coming out of the regional chapter this week. Buffalo is also one of five cities across the country recently chosen to receive 1,000 Hands-Only CPR training kits funded by the American Heart Association. "The more people who are trained in …

Members of Kickin’ Asphalt pose on the Erie Canal Towpath in Lockport earlier this week. They started the Ragnar Relay at 6:30 this morning. (Matthew Masin/Buffalo News) By Scott Scanlon Refresh Editor If you’re looking to visit Niagara Falls, Ont. on Saturday, expect things to get even more exciting than a typical summer weekend day at the hub of the region’s internat…

By Ann F. MonroeThe late television and radio writer Andy Rooney once made this observation about the inevitability of growing older: “The idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.”Too often, aging is accompanied by increased isolation. Despite medical advances that may prolong life, the reality is that social iso…

Jared Callahan looks to ride the success of his new business at Canalside on Saturday when he celebrates Standup Paddleboard Day. Callahan, owner of the new City of Light Fitness, will give a dry land and water demonstration of the water sport he introduced last month to the Buffalo waterfront at noon Saturday on the east end of Canalside, near BFLO Harbor Kayak. In hono…