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Forget chicken wings for a moment when it comes to Buffalo inventions. Dr. Frank Hastings Hamilton tried the first successful skin graft here in 1854 at Sisters Hospital. Wilson Greatbatch created the first implantable pacemaker in 1958, while tinkering in his barn. Groundbreaking research in the 1970s by researcher T. Ming Chu at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer…

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Public health officials in Erie County and across the nation are preparing for the possibility of patients presenting with symptoms of a new respiratory virus called 2019 novel coronavirus. Here's information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the New York State Health Department about the virus: What is novel coronavi…

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“Back to the Future” movies sparked Thomas D. Grant’s interest in science when he was growing up in Clarence. “The flux capacitor always fascinated me,” said Grant, 34, who still lives in the town and got his college degrees at the University at Buffalo. “I was into particle physics and cosmology, learning about the universe, things like that.” Grant spends these day…

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Some people watch what they eat. Paige and Tanner Szczesek have to watch when they eat. The two children, ages 6 and 2, from Cheektowaga, have Type 1 diabetes. Like others with their condition, they must take extra insulin before meal and snacks. It takes time to work. Eat too soon, and blood sugar can climb dangerously high – a constant worry for their mother, Ashley. …

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A study released this week poked a hole in a belief among medical professionals that people with prostate cancer would benefit from a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. That doesn't mean there are not good reasons to eat right, including one that won't show up in medical journals. Dr. James Mohler, who helped lead the clinical study, noted that developing those kind…

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There’s plenty to love about winter in the region, including the following sites, events and organizations focused on family and wellness. BUFFALO PROPER Festivals Larkinville Ice Festival: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Saturday, Jan. 25, in the square and nearby. Free family-friendly event includes outdoor activities, games, carriage rides and more. Parking is free. For more …

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It can be a challenge to embrace healthy activities during winter in the region, especially when running, biking and the outdoor fitness classes of summer seem so distant. At the dreariest of times, hibernation looks to present a much better option. Still, with a little vitamin D and some thoughtful consideration, the coming weeks can mean more than binge-watching Ne…

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Music has the power to change lives for those with cancer. Tom Lillis and fellow founders of the Against the Storm Foundation are proof. Lillis and Joey Nicastro, another founder, launched Rock the Cure four years ago to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Western & Central New York. Both served on the regional LLS board at the time and envi…

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Jan. 10, 1926 – Jan. 3, 2020 Joseph Krasner, who helped develop the widely used phototherapy treatment for jaundice in newborn babies, died unexpectedly Jan. 3 in his home in Canterbury Woods, Amherst. He was 93. He was part of a team of medical researchers at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and the University at Buffalo in the 1960s who introduced the use of fluoresc…

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For decades, national guidelines have recommended that men with prostate cancer eat a diet rich in vegetables, suggesting it might lower the risk of cancer progression and death. A new study shows otherwise. The study, led by researchers at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo and the University of California, San Diego, showed no benefit for nearly 50…

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A lot more people than usual spent the holidays at home or in the hospital with the flu, thanks to an early arrival of the contagious respiratory illness in New York State. The flu is so widespread statewide that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo directed the state Health Department to begin enhanced monitoring of hospitals through an emergency data system to ensure hospitals have t…

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Beer and fitness seem a natural fit for Tim Herzog. He was an avid bike rider and runner before he could legally drink alcohol, and trained years ago with Checkers Running Club, when members gathered afterward at a Hertel Avenue bar that gave the club its name. It helps explain why Flying Bison – the craft brewery Herzog co-founded in 2000 and still manages – became …

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Eastern Niagara Hospital, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November because it is unable to pay about $14.5 million in accumulated debt, has scheduled a public forum next week to discuss its future. Hospital President and CEO Anne E. McCaffrey will give the presentation at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Historic Palace Theatre, 2 East Ave., Lockport. Oth…

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Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center plans to open a satellite service site in an Amherst office park, according to town officials and public records. Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. has submitted plans to construct a three-story, 50,000-square-foot medical office building on Park Club Lane near the Interstate 90 and 290 interchange. Documents filed with the town's P…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is starting his 10th year in office, and in his annual State of the State message Wednesday he is proposing to enact another broad array of ideas, from allowing paid gestational surrogacy to offering hundreds of new places where New Yorkers can legally drink alcohol. Environment Cuomo wants to ban single-use foam containers and foam pack…