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By Judith Whitehead Contributing writer September is Healthy Aging Month. In addition to taking care of our eyes – especially as we enter the senior years – we need to take steps to take care of our bodies. With age comes wisdom but also health issues that never occurred as a young adult. Among them are cataract formation, which makes it harder to drive and perform …

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The way public health experts see it, only good things will come of the state's movement toward raising the legal age to buy tobacco and electronic cigarettes to 21, largely because it will place one more impediment in the way of youths who might be tempted to take up a dangerous habit. Andrew Osborne doesn't see it that way. Osborne, who owns the Vapor Trail Shop on So…

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Below is a list of common questions about the influenza vaccine. Answers were provided by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Thomas Russo, professor and chief of infectious diseases in the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Dr. Richard Vienne, Univera Healthcare vice president and chief medical officer; and …

Open enrollment has begun on the state's health insurance exchange, serving people who don't receive coverage through an employer or Medicare. The enrollment period runs through Jan. 31. Existing customers can renew their health plans starting Nov. 16. Consumers must enroll or renew by Dec. 15 for coverage effective Jan. 1. The state Department of Health said more th…

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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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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…