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A new law signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday reverses a state tax policy change that threatened tobacco research and millions of dollars in research funding at medical schools and other institutions, including Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. The State Legislature passed the bill in June that excludes "research tobacco" products from being taxed like comm…

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Christmas music has the power to lift the spirit, unless maybe you’ve worked full time in a bank, department store or elevator the last few weeks. Jim Halbert enjoys the way it helps him wrap up another year filled with song, and figures it’s one of the reasons he’s still going strong at age 91. “I just got my driver’s license renewed,” Halpert said before a recent r…

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Hispanic United of Buffalo opened a methadone clinic on Virginia Street in Buffalo five years ago amid a rapidly growing opioid crisis that was claiming hundreds of lives. It was met with criticism from neighbors and even the then-Erie County mental health commissioner who said it didn't belong in a residential neighborhood. Today, the clinic has more than doubled th…

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Melissa King has pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring of the lungs that hampers breathing and often leads to death within five years. She learned she had the disease six years ago, and credits her longevity to the exercise, education and support she receives from the nurses and fellow participants in the Kenmore Mercy Hospital Pulmonary Maintenance Program. The program is …

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Erie County Medical Center introduced the national Stop the Bleed program to the region in 2017. Instructors have since taught more than 3,150 people how to use a tourniquet and other means to better control a bleeding wound. About 1,200 of those trained are police officers, firefighters or other emergency responders. Almost 2,000 are teachers and company employees, and…

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Brian Higgins made his case for expanding Medicare to those over age 50 at a congressional hearing Tuesday that showed just how many choices Democrats face for reforming America's health care system. Higgins' bill, which would allow many middle-aged Americans to voluntarily buy into the federal health plan for seniors, was one of nine proposals a congr…

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Jan. 14, 1934 – Dec. 5, 2019 Dr. Gary N. Cohen, a child and adolescent psychiatrist who directed the psychiatric unit at the former Women & Children’s Hospital for many years, died Dec. 5 in Buffalo General Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 85. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1951 graduate of Bennett High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the Univer…

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WNY Medical Management this week hosted a grand opening this week of its new $3 million, 16,379-square-foot Amherst Surgery Center. Physicians from across the region will perform outpatient procedures to provide pain relief and address orthopedic, spine, vascular, OB/GYN and gastrointestinal challenges; breast, general and plastic surgeries also will be performed. Th…

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Two holistic health businesses have joined forces on the tranquil grounds of a former estate just outside East Aurora, with designs to add more offerings to patients and clients. Creative Wellness – which for 2 1/2 years focused on yoga, meditation and nutrition at Main and Pine streets in the village – has folded into Cardea Health Integrative, a former Cheektowaga-bas…

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Anyone who ate food from the Taco Bell at 7300 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Niagara Falls from Nov. 21 to Dec. 1, or who visited the restroom there during that time, should get a hepatitis A shot, officials said Wednesday. A medical test confirmed a worker there had the highly contagious virus. The Niagara County Health Department will offer a free vaccination clinic from …

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By Judith Whitehead Special to The News December, Eye Safety Awareness Month, is a busy time for celebrating many holidays, including Christmas and Hanukkah. Along with these holidays come many things that potentially can damage the eyes. Every year, our ophthalmology office gets calls involving eye injuries from putting up and taking down Christmas trees. Wear…

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The American Red Cross hopes an incentive this holiday season will encourage people to donate blood. The organization is offering $5 Amazon gift cards through Dec. 18 to try to offset the decline in blood-giving that typically occurs between Thanksgiving and the end of January. The American Red Cross supplies blood for about 40% of the nation's needs. "Even our mo…

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A Gowanda nursing home has been fined $10,000 by the state Health Department in connection with the sexual assault of an 88-year-old resident by another resident. The Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center waited more than six hours to report the May 29 assault to police and destroyed possible evidence related to the assault, the state Health Department concluded thi…

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Sarah Ross guessed it was leukemia long before the doctors confirmed it. Five years ago, she had been feeling lousy in a way she had never experienced before. When a blood test came back with some indicators pointing to the disease, Ross stalled for a while before doing a follow-up. In her heart, she said, she already knew what was happening. Ross, who had worked for ye…

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Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center has renamed its Department of Pastoral Care to better reflect the integrative, interfaith approach it takes to wellness. The department recently marked its 20th anniversary by announcing its new name, the Department of Spiritual Care. “Cancer can be a grueling journey,” Roswell Park President and CEO Candace S. Johnson said in…