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John Robins built a successful work life and retirement outside Chicago during the last four decades, but circumstances got the better of him in recent years. His wife, MaryJo, died in late 2016, after a 3½-year battle with brain cancer. He needed surgery to shrink an enlarged prostate. His lower back gave out last year, after Robins and his children decided it wa…

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One of the last things people want to hear during the holidays is that they need to lose weight and exercise more. Still, there are several steps you can take to maintain weight, boost your energy during the coming weeks, and start or continue habits that will help you start the new year right. “I try to counsel people if they’re overweight to change their habits just a…

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Sarah Burks was a bit heavy three decades ago, while a student at South Park High School, but her weight took a slow, steady climb in the years that followed. A diet anchored by fried chicken, hamburgers, French fries and soda pop combined with a work life on her feet in grocery and department stores, on farms, and, for about a decade, as a certified nursing assistant. …

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Several buildings and landmarks in the region will be illuminated in purple Thursday night to mark World Pancreatic Cancer Day. Big Ditch Brewery, Buffalo General Medical Center, Buffalo Place (Main Place Mall), M&T Bank and One Canalside will be bathed in purple to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer, as well as encourage support for those with the disease, as …

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Tai chi first intrigued Brendan Fallon when he was a 17-year-old high school student at Buffalo City Honors. His father started to take classes a year earlier and kept a chart with some of the movements on the family refrigerator. By his early 20s, Fallon was hooked. He bounced from college to college — including a yearlong stint in China — and toyed with giving up h…

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By Judith Whitehead – Contributing Writer Diabetes and diabetic eye disease has become so common in the United States that more than 9 percent of the population have been diagnosed. That means that more than 29 million people have it. Surprisingly, more than one in four people who have it have yet to be diagnosed with the disease. They have slipped through the cracks…

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You can almost always find Laura Seil Ruszczyk with a bottle of water or PowerAde Zero. She often wears compression stockings. When she sits, she tends to prop up her legs. When she feels the need to stretch, which is often, she gets on the floor and does so – even if she’s in a department store. It’s a price she pays because some parts of her body designed to run on…

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David Sanfilippo quit smoking four years ago and lost weight, too. He had lots of help from his wife, Dawn, as well as other family members and friends – but he credits his primary care doctor for providing the key evidence to change his ways. It came in the form of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar tests ordered by Dr. Fuad Sheriff. "He yelled at me enough…

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Drs. Fuad and Adnaan Sheriff, of Amherst Medical Associates, gave the following tips to get the information and insight you need from your primary care visit. Contact the right office: Specialists handle serious, specific health concerns; primary care doctors are better equipped to handle overall health and refer care to the right specialists where needed. Prepare a …

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By Judith Whitehead – Contributing Writer Working in the medical field for the last several years, I have heard many stories from patients about their health care issues and health occurrences. Having an opinion, and expressing your concerns and wishes with health care workers, can make a huge difference between favorable treatment and outcome and life or death. Doct…

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A group of 16 men will brush up their wardrobes this month as they lend a hand to help fight breast cancer. They have agreed to participate in the third annual Real Men Wear Pink fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society. Each participant accepts a $2,500 minimum fundraising challenge and will look to top their pink-wearing peers throughout October, Breast Ca…

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Dr. Bruce Troen often says that if you want to live a long life, you should choose your parents wisely. That’s good news for Kathy Clerkin, whose mom died a decade ago at age 98, followed by her father, two years later, at 101. Still, at 75, Clerkin hardly relies solely on her genetics when it comes to her own longevity. The retired Mercy Hospital nurse, who lives…

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Athletes who look to boost their performance spend lots of energy in the gym and on the practice field, but they often overlook another key ingredient for success. Recovery. A new program at Excelsior Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Amherst looks to help high school athletes with that common oversight. The practice has started recovery workshops, including o…

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The Create A Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative will host its second annual Walk the Falls event Saturday in continuing efforts to connect city residents and visitors to each other, the community and the waterfront. Walk participants are welcome to walk, run or bike, starting with on-site registration at 9 a.m. at the Niagara Gorge Discover Center in Niagara Falls St…

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Roughly 100,000 boxes of paper records once stood up to 20 feet high in a sprawling warehouse on Grand Island. Then Ken Knight found pickleball. He started playing the racket sport with friends in July 2017, after managers of the Buffalo Launch Club on Grand Island put pickleball courts atop the club's outdoor tennis courts. "We didn't have a clue about what pickl…