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Dedra Robinson grew up in the Commodore Perry public housing complex, was 13 when her mom died, and pregnant when she graduated from Hutchinson Central Technical High School. She had a job at Burger King by then, but it didn’t take long before work as a nurse’s aide seemed a better way forward. Kittrella Whitlock left Buffalo after graduating from the same school, lande…

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A new medical device to lower the risk of infection from joint replacement surgery. More effective ways to treat a concussion. New methods to extend the lives of those with cystic fibrosis. If these medical breakthroughs come to pass, it will be partly because of an effort led on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to push the pace of health research. The National Ins…

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WNY Walks – launched last year to improve walkability and walking for health across the region – recently announced plans to boost both in five ZIP codes in the Ferry Street corridor. The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo leads the overall effort. WNY Walks will partner with Stan Martin, of Cicatelli Associates, to boost walkability and regular physical activity in …

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A regional orthopedic group looking to better serve its patients and the sports teams it helps train has brought a nutritional company into its fold. Balanced Nutrition of WNY last month became part of Excelsior Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and moved into the company headquarters on Sheridan Drive in Amherst. “We're not going by the latest fad or nutrition tren…

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Heart disease doesn't just strike older men. It’s the No. 1 killer for men and women in the U.S. and this region. Stroke is No. 3 in the region. Here’s what you can do to protect your cardiovascular health. Get screened: Ask your primary care provider to start related screenings by age 25. Know your numbers: Five personal health indicators help determine risk: Total …

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You wouldn’t know that Lynda Marino has a serious heart condition, save for the scar that ends near the top of her breastbone. Marino, 40, a busy mother of two young children, is tall, slender and outgoing – and fortunate to be alive. She was diagnosed in her mid-20s with cardiomyopathy, nearly died from cardiac arrest four years ago and weathered open-heart surgery …

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“Back to the Future” movies sparked Thomas D. Grant’s interest in science when he was growing up in Clarence. “The flux capacitor always fascinated me,” said Grant, 34, who still lives in the town and got his college degrees at the University at Buffalo. “I was into particle physics and cosmology, learning about the universe, things like that.” Grant spends these day…

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Beer and fitness seem a natural fit for Tim Herzog. He was an avid bike rider and runner before he could legally drink alcohol, and trained years ago with Checkers Running Club, when members gathered afterward at a Hertel Avenue bar that gave the club its name. It helps explain why Flying Bison – the craft brewery Herzog co-founded in 2000 and still manages – became …

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Nearly three dozen elementary school students of modest means have a brighter athletic and academic future, in part because a Buffalo native wasn’t quite sure what career path to take after she graduated a decade ago with a sociology degree from Vassar College. “I thought perhaps a lawyer or maybe a teacher. I wasn't really familiar with the idea of having a career in t…

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Anytime Fitness has become the largest fitness franchise on the planet, with more than 4,500 locations worldwide since its first small gym opened 16 years ago in suburban Minneapolis. Greater Buffalo is an outlier when it comes to that explosion in growth. Tom Gilles, director of franchise development, looks to change that during the next three years. He hopes to add…

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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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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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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…

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Bill Myka enjoys polka dancing, chopping wood and tinkering around the house, but at 85, he wishes his balance was a bit better. He fears falling. High-intensity interval training has improved his confidence the last several months. Myka – who served from 1957 to 1959 in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Infantry Division – is among a small number of veterans who are st…