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Megan Hardy was so pleased with the doula who helped her through the delivery of her first child last year that she became one. "The doula knew the physical comfort measures, so my husband could focus on attentiveness to me," said Hardy, whose daughter Ella recently celebrated her first birthday. A doula also provides emotional comfort – as well as informational supp…

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The life of someone who receives a kidney donation changes within days. Their color and energy returns. Their itching stops. Those once forced to go on dialysis no longer need be tethered to a blood filtration machine as often as three times a week. The turnaround becomes even more pronounced for those who receive a new kidney from a living donor. The recovery tends …

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A third protest is planned Sunday in front of an East Aurora nursing home by a former resident's daughter who has been pressuring the facility to improve care to residents and working conditions for employees. Jennifer Page is urging families and friends of residents dissatisfied with the care at the Absolut Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Aurora Park to partic…

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Leading groups in the regional bicycling community will debut a short film, "Buffalo by Bike," at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Community Beer Works, 520 7th St., on the West Side. “It's a little six-minute film which was funded through the I Love New York program to really highlight Buffalo and bicycle tourism opportunities in the city,” said Justin Booth, executive director of …

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It's probably not going to win anyone a Nobel Prize. But a researcher at the University at Buffalo found that people high on cannabis experiencing the munchies were more likely to choose chips over oranges. Here's how the study was done: Researchers asked attendees of the 2016 Hash Bash, a public forum about cannabis decriminalization, on the campus of the University…

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What was supposed to be a three-week stay for rehabilitation at a Buffalo nursing home turned into five long years for Janine Ziomek-Witek. Her lower right leg had been amputated in 2014. She wanted to return home to her husband following the therapy. But questions were raised about her ability to live on her own, she said, so she remained at the troubled Emerald South …

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A young turkey hunter was attacked by a rabid raccoon while hunting Sunday North Harmony. The youth was wearing a heavy jacket, and was accompanied by his father near Open Meadows Road. Still, the raccoon latched onto his jacket, biting through it and biting him, according to the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services. The youth was able to fling t…

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Jennifer Taggart stood in the center of a ring, pointing to a mat painted with grids, diamonds and dots, and instructed her boxer to position his feet parallel to a line. She demonstrated a pair of quick jabs, narrated them with a “Pop! Pop!” and looked her trainee in the eye. He’s a tall, silvery haired man dressed in black UnderArmour shorts, his hands cocooned in lea…

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Those who watch others work through the stretches, poses and meditation that come with yoga only see part of an ancient practice that has grown during the Buffalo resurgence. The most ardent practitioners in the region – whether instructors or students – also know it has the power to help them better navigate the twists and turns of life. Its physical nature forces o…

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Marisa Stani got her license to teach Zumba at age 16 – before she even got her driver’s license – though she wasn’t that excited about the prospect at first. “One day, my mother popped into a class, and said afterward, ‘You have to try it, you're going to love it; it's dancing and a workout,’ ” Stani recalled. “I'm like, ‘I don't work out at all,’ so she dragged me int…

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African Americans in Erie County live an average of five fewer years than whites, and seven years below the state longevity rate. They’re less likely to get mammograms and flu shots, and much more likely to land in the hospital for sicknesses that are preventable. African-American children in the county are nearly five times as likely as white children to live in pov…

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An anonymous donor has contributed $1 million to a joint campaign with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and a Madison County health care organization that will help provide expanded access to cancer care to Central New York. The gift will assist in the completion of a three-phase project by Roswell Park and Oneida Healthcare, and brings the total to more than $1…

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Cancer researchers have long known that prostate cancer tends to be more common, more aggressive and more resistant to existing treatments in African-Americans than in white Americans, but they’re only beginning to understand why. A Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center study recently published points to cellular factors – mitochondrial differences that appear to pre…

The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Buffalo & Erie County will offer a new slate of 12-week family-to-family classes in the coming weeks. These classes help families more effectively advocate for a loved one challenged by mental illness. They cover a wide range of topics, including diagnosis and medications, legal and health system concerns, how to support yo…

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Those who visit the Buffalo Science Museum on April 24 will have an opportunity to do more than explore exhibits. They also can learn more about NY State of Health, the state’s official health insurance plan Marketplace. Representatives with the State Department of Health will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day to help people learn more about enrolling in a heal…