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New York State doctors who got payments from opioid makers prescribed more of the narcotic painkilling drugs than those who received no payments from 2013 to 2015, as opioid use reached epidemic proportions. Those payments also were concentrated in the hands of physicians who tended to write the most prescriptions. These are among the key findings released Tuesday in…

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Free fitness classes are underway across the region, Slow Roll Buffalo plans two bike rides, and runners have race options this week in Western New York. These are among the Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Biking enthusiasts can ride twice this week with Slow Roll,…

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Jesse Cole imagined himself becoming a highly paid physician working in a fancy hospital, just like those featured on television shows. "That would be my career," said Cole, who was raised in suburban Maryland and came to Buffalo to study medicine. But his thinking shifted. Why? Because of the semester he and 13 fellow students at the University at Buffalo Jacobs …

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Davielle Jackson came to Buffalo with big dreams. The Marksville, La., native arrived in recent months, unaccustomed to the climate but intrigued about whether the annual 43North entrepreneurial competition could help put her feminine hygiene business – which almost took the Southeastern U.S. by storm three years ago – back on track. "At one point, I was in my wareho…

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The new leader of the Medical Society of the State of New York grew up in a family of pharmacists in Buffalo. His grandfather and father owned pharmacies on the West Side. His mother, a sister and a couple of cousins worked in the profession, too. “I think it’s been helpful in terms of practicing as a physician,” said Dr. Thomas J. Madejski, who graduated from the Un…

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Dr. Ann Marie Sullivan, commissioner of the state Office of Mental Health, formally opened the new $1.5 million Zoar Valley Clinic on Wednesday in Gowanda. The 9,500-square-foot mental health clinic, at , 49 S. Water St., replaces a temporary nearby clinic that was half its size. “The new, updated Zoar Valley Clinic is a spacious, modern facility in a more convenient…

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Lauren Walier pushed through the challenges of cerebral palsy to learn to walk, ballroom dance and start her own nonprofit. She isn’t about to let a recent health setback keep her from the fifth annual Walk/Run/Roll in Lauren’s Shoes on the Buffalo Outer Harbor this weekend. “Hopefully, it will bring some positive energy and good vibes,” the 20-year-old Walier said d…

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An 87-year-old nursing home resident who fell to his death while trying to climb down a makeshift rope from his third-floor window was remembered Monday as a man who used to give neighbors gardening tips and play guitar. William Strasner, whose death Monday morning appears to be accidental, had used a rope of bedsheets and clothing in an attempt to lower himself when he…

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Exercise on New Era Field, take a yoga class at the Botanical Gardens or hear a world-renown meditation expert in the region this week. These are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in Western New York. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Riders can start to gather at 5:30 p.m. for a 10-mile guided excursion …

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Urban Family Practice's new East Side clinic is holding an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, to introduce itself to the East Side community. The clinic is located at 1315 Jefferson Ave., near Utica Street, the former location of a UB Family Medicine clinic that closed a year ago. Dr. Raul Vazquez, CEO of the West Side-based Urban Family Practice clinic…

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A sports-themed "One Buffalo" waiting room will be part of Erie County Medical Center's future emergency room, officials at the Buffalo hospital announced Friday. A rendering of the new waiting room unveiled Friday at a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new $55 million trauma center and emergency department showed Buffalo Bills, Sabres, Bandits and "One Buffalo" logos o…

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The Western New York office of the American Lung Association has become known in the region for its Fight for Air Climb, a fundraising challenge that can gas those who climb 37 flights of Seneca One Tower, giving them the sense of what lung disease can do. But the association plans to take greater steps this year. It has ramped up the focus on prevention and treatment o…

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NIAGARA FALLS – Searingly painful migraine headaches. Noxious chemical smells so strong they keep her awake at night. A lung problem that has been diagnosed as pulmonary fibrosis. According to Dolly Salerno, 75, and her attorney, those ailments are the price she pays for living close to Love Canal, one of the world's most infamous hazardous waste sites. "The smells g…

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The Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP) will offer affordable and fresh vegetables and fruits during the growing season at nine sites in the Ellicott, Fillmore, Masten and Niagara districts, starting the first week in June. MAP partners with local organizations to bring produce into areas of Buffalo where access to healthy, affordable and fresh food is limited. The nonpr…

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Jason Batch has had to quit his job, and the transmission on his 2007 Dodge Nitro SUV is about to go, but those setbacks pale compared to his need for a kidney transplant. Batch, 29, of Amherst, was born with a kidney condition – peripheral glomerulonephritis – that has slowly sapped both his kidneys. He was forced to go on dialysis in January, take a leave this mont…