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Researchers at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center have released findings of a new study on the dangers of electronic cigarettes as a federal agency considers banning flavored chemical liquids that fuel them. The Roswell Park-led study, the first of its kind, concludes that nicotine levels in a relatively new “pod” class of e-cigarettes – by far the most popular va…

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Seth Piccirillo rode his bike a lot while growing up in Niagara Falls, not far from the fringe of Hyde Park. “Ironically, this year, because it seems everything is returning to childhood, I've been riding my bike more often because there are more trails,” said Piccirillo, community development director in his hometown for the last six years. Longstanding and woeful h…

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Linda Ramsey didn’t discover the name of the terrible disease that claimed the life of her 1-year-old son, Kevin, until after he died in 1997. Kevin was fine his first couple of months, but as he grew his body wasn’t giving him the energy he needed to prosper. He struggled to swallow and started missing milestones. "He wasn't sitting up,” his mother said. “He couldn'…

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Nick Peters has spent much of the summer preparing for freshman year at the University of South Carolina, more than 750 miles from his home in Western New York. Two weeks out, he’s already used a school Facebook page to find a roommate with similar interests, learned more about the school hockey and golf club teams, and downloaded the Barnes & Noble app to buy books…

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Leading wellness experts paint a bleak picture of what happens to people who sit during most of their waking hours. The damage starts as quickly as 20 uninterrupted minutes in a chair or on a couch. Your metabolism slows. Your blood sugar level rises. Your liver looks to mop up the excess sugar and store it as fat – across your body. If you spend lots of time at a…

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Whole Foods Market gave Rob O'Connor the chance to move back to Western New York after several years away in Providence, R.I., at culinary school. "I missed the food most while I was gone. After I left, there were so many things that kept popping up, restaurants, breweries. It's become a Renaissance," said O'Connor, 29, a North Tonawanda native who worked part-time in t…

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For a sense of why Kevan Busa feels so driven to honor Dr. Philip McCarthy in this weekend's Ride for Roswell, consider a moment that occurred about three months before Busa arrived in 2012 at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. That was the day Busa learned, out of nowhere, that he had acute lymphoblastic leukemia. An ambulance brought the Marcellus native to…

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Eva Edwards, a 13-year-old with a wide smile and outgoing personality, has always tried to make the best of her situation. Born with a congenital condition that caused her right leg to be much shorter than her left, Edwards' life has been filled with painful surgeries and procedures to gradually lengthen her femur. One of them involved the attachment of a large metal ap…

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Emily Delnicki was in her sophomore year in a New York City college when she woke up one morning with the worst stomach pain in her life. "I had no idea what was going on," she said. "My roommate wasn't there. I could barely stand up. I felt so sick." The Williamsville native did what most students do when something goes wrong away from home. She called her mom. D…

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Betty Fecteau has always valued the importance of taking care of her eyes. "You only have one set," said Fecteau, 85, a retired accounting and purchasing specialist who lives in West Seneca. She and her husband, Bill, a retired Bethlehem Steel worker with diabetes, have made regular eye exams a part of their health and wellness regimen for decades. During a biannu…

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You've probably seen them, those red bikes around Buffalo. They are locked up in neat rows with bright yellow locks. They are Reddy Bikes, sponsored by Independent Health and ready to roll, thanks to a local system called Reddy Bikeshare. They called to me. "But you have a bike!" my friends said. True. Over the years, though, I've had bikes stolen. I got flat t…

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The Western New York Integrated Care Collaborative has been awarded a 30-month, $342,000 grant from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York to form an integrated care network of community-based organizations and Area Agencies on Aging in Western New York. The collaborative is made up of member community-based organizations and aging agencies that provide …

A nonprofit health insurer for those eligible for Medicaid, Child Health Plus (CHP), Essential Plan, and other government-sponsored programs will host a pop-up event focused on summer safety Thursday at its downtown office. The free event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at YourCare Health Plan, 446 Main St., near Lafayette Square. Community organizations that w…