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Mothers more engaged during active play with their infant children do a better job protecting them from obesity. What’s more, nurturing mothers also can help buffer their offspring from entering abusive relationships once they reach their teens. These are the findings of two new University at Buffalo studies that will capture international attention in coming weeks. …

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Lauren Walier has weathered a series of surgeries during the last two years to keep her airway open wide enough to allow her to breathe, while also protecting her vocal cords. Many of those with cerebral palsy are unable to speak, so the 21-year-old with strong ties to the region considers herself blessed to do so as she advocates across the globe for those with the gro…

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Four in 10 upstate New York adults are not getting enough sleep – and the time change this weekend from daylight saving to standard time may compound that challenge. “Turning our clocks forward each March and turning them back each November disrupts our body’s natural 24-hour cycle, or circadian rhythm,” said Dr. Richard Vienne, vice president and chief medical officer …

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Jordan Berkhoudt has been diagnosed with pediatric rheumatoid arthritis, pain amplification syndrome and mitochondrial disease since he first experienced achy legs in grade school as part of a continuing mystery that gradually robbed him of his ability to walk. All missed the mark. “Doctors at first could only explain it as growing pains,” said his mother, Michelle. …

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University at Buffalo researchers are looking to learn more about limiting needless and potentially harmful prescription drugs for seniors, find a better way to measure muscle mass in older adults, and ease the loneliness for those struggling with social isolation. Their work got a boost Wednesday, with the announcement that the UB Center for Successful Aging will recei…

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The cardiovascular team at Gates Vascular Institute last week completed its 200th procedure using the Watchman device, a permanent implant that prevents blood clots from escaping a small pouch along the heart and causing a stroke. Those with atrial fibrillation – an irregular heartbeat, which, if left untreated over time, can result in death – have benefited from the pr…

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Is poor overall health in the region impeding your ability to find a better job? Could be, according to a new report that shows Buffalo Niagara stacks up badly in terms of wellness against nine similar metro regions across the U.S. “The problem is bigger than people probably realize,” said John D. Craik, executive director of the Population Health Collaborative, whic…

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Heidi Brown had to downsize into a smaller house, find a new car and look for a new job when she got divorced seven years ago. Buying health insurance was the last thing on her mind. “It slipped through the cracks,” said Brown, 60, of Orchard Park, who still had a son at home and left a family business after the breakup. She soon landed a fulfilling job as a home …

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Bobbi Stokes faces her students when she leads classes at Riverview Fitness, a position that comes with a distinct disadvantage. “I tell them all the time, ‘You guys are really pretty, but I barely looked at the water today.’ ” The gym includes circuit training, cardio and group fitness rooms – and arguably the best view onto its nearby surroundings in all of Buffalo…

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Mercedes Holloway-Wilson knows the gratitude that comes with having a great primary care doctor. Hers saved her life nine years ago, when the then 28-year-old mom dismissed a lump in her breast as a minor inconvenience – and Dr. Olivia Smith-Blackwell said she would take her on as a patient only if she got a mammogram. Today, Holloway-Wilson is a Stage 2 breast cance…

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Food often serves as a presence in our most important milestones. It’s there for our most joyous celebrations and most somber occasions. It helps sustain us when used to its greatest good, and feed our chronic illnesses when routinely abused – regardless of who we are or where we came from. “How we eat food also affects the rest of the planet, and that's a part we don't…

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Telemedicine has stretched into physical therapy. Brian Piekarski, owner of Core Matrix Physical Therapy, handled clinical work for more than two decades before he launched a mobile business last April, traveling to homes and businesses across the region with his PT table and equipment bag in tow. This month, he decided to cast a net for clients even wider. He is amo…

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Consider the new Superhero Training Academy in Amherst as a testing ground for overall fitness – so don’t try to pigeonhole it. The 7,000-square-foot space, with a 20-foot-high ceiling, was designed to appeal to those who enjoy Ninja Warrior, Tough Mudder, gymnastics and parkour training, and get a full-body workout in the process. “A lot of kids, like I used to be, …

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Pancreatic cancer is the 11th most common form of cancer in the U.S. – but the third-leading cause of cancer death. The five-year survival rate of those with pancreatic cancer is 9%, according to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, or PanCAN. It’s why the network helps organize PurpleStride 5K runs/walks across the country, including an inaugural event the Western New…

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Nicole Chumsky launched a career looking to bring others peace of mind. The licensed mental health counselor first worked for agencies that served those with drug addictions, mental health diagnoses and eating disorders. She spent the last five years in private practice treating a variety of clients who understand that counseling promotes better overall health. She l…