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UB investigators uncover cellular mechanism involved in Krabbe disease
Wed, May 6th 2020 05:50 pm
A group of researchers at the University at Buffalo have published a paper that clarifies certain cellular mechanisms that could lead to improved outcomes in patients with globoid cell leukodystrophy, commonly known as Krabbe disease.
SBA to make economic injury disaster loans available to agricultural businesses impacted by COVID-19
Wed, May 6th 2020 05:50 pm
Earlier this week, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA's economic injury disaster loan (EIDL) and EIDL advance programs. SBA's EIDL portal reopened as a result of funding authorized by Congress through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act. The legislation, signed into law by the president a week ago, provided additional funding for farmers and ranchers and certain other agricultural businesses affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Catholic Health announces free interactive webinar: 'What To Expect During Your 4th Trimester'
Wed, May 6th 2020 05:40 pm
After the birth of a baby, new moms' post-delivery bodies - and lives - experience countless changes. Get straight-up information and advice from women's health experts at "What To Expect During Your 4th Trimester" - a free virtual live event from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, hosted by Dr. Lynn Aronica, OB/GYN; Dr. Ashley Conway, OB/GYN; Dr. Davina Moss-King, Ph.D.; and midwife Kim Mecca.
WNY anticipating June reopening
Wed, May 6th 2020 05:15 pm
County leaders are not counting on Erie County or Niagara County coming off Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "New York State on PAUSE" program when the executive order expires May 15.
Zoladz Construction donated 9,000 meals to 12 hospitals
Wed, May 6th 2020 05:00 pm
Zoladz Construction Co. Inc. of Alden donated almost 9,000 meals over the past two weeks to Kaleida Health, Catholic Health and Roswell Park Cancer Institute to support their front-line health care workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Catholic Health receives donation of over 1,500 Fowler's Chocolates 'We Applaud You' candy bars
Wed, May 6th 2020 05:00 pm
Catholic Health caregivers and leadership smiled through their surgical masks earlier this week, as they were treated to the delivery of more than 1,500 "We Applaud You" Fowler's Chocolates candy bars by City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin at the Sisters of Charity Hospital Main Street Campus.
New York State Parks to develop statewide greenways plan
Wed, May 6th 2020 01:30 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Division of Environmental Stewardship and Planning announced the release of the draft scoping document for the Draft Statewide Greenways Plan and Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) for public comment.
Coronavirus stats for May 6
Wed, May 6th 2020 01:25 pm
Coronavirus stats for May 6 in Erie and Niagara counties.
Catholic Health to resume elective surgery; Kaleida working toward that capability
Wed, May 6th 2020 01:10 pm
Catholic Health has received approval from the New York State Department of Health to resume elective surgery in Erie County.
Is the Village of Lewiston more at risk for COVID-19 outbreak now that spring has sprung?
Wed, May 6th 2020 12:55 pm
Dozens of people were out and about in the Village of Lewiston enjoying the summer-like weather. They were walking down Center Street, eating on picnic tables and sitting on benches, looking at monuments, licking ice cream in Academy Park, and sprawled out on Water Street, looking out on the river. Many of those people were not wearing a mask or cloth face covering.
Higgins announces plans to introduce US Infectious Disease Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Act
Tue, May 5th 2020 05:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, on Tuesday announced plans to introduce the U.S. Infectious Disease Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Act. The bill would create an independent agency within the Department of Health and Human Services - the National Medical Command (NMC) - charged with preparing for, monitoring, and responding to pandemics. He said it would provide significantly increased federal funding for research into treatments and vaccines against infectious diseases.
Niagara County, CSEA reach agreement on temporary layoffs
Tue, May 5th 2020 05:05 pm
"As we stated last week when we announced our 'ReConfigure Niagara' initiative, Niagara County, just like families and businesses across our community, would have to make tough budget decisions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also knew the sooner we were able to make such decisions, the better we would be in the long run."
Buffalo waterfront announces cancellation of 'Canalside Live' for summer 2020
Tue, May 5th 2020 05:05 pm
Be Our Guest Ltd, along with the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., on Tuesday announced the summer concert series, known as "Canalside Live," has been cancelled due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra suspends remaining 2019-20 season concerts
Tue, May 5th 2020 04:50 pm
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has extended its previously announced suspension of concert activity at Kleinhans Music Hall through June 13, the end of the BPO's regular 2019-20 season.
COVID-19: More testing availability in Erie and Niagara counties
Tue, May 5th 2020 04:40 pm
Coronavirus testing is ramping up in Western New York.
New phone scam targets National Grid customers
Tue, May 5th 2020 12:50 pm
National Grid is warning Western New York customers to beware of a new phone scam where imposters are demanding immediate bill payment and threatening service disconnection. This latest scam, which is targeting customers already facing hardships due to COVID-19, involves callers who pretend to be National Grid representatives. They tell customers that, unless payment is made within 30 minutes, their power will be shut off. The customer is then directed to call "the direct billing department to make a payment and avoid power disconnection."
Higgins calls for equal access to affordable oral chemotherapy prescription drugs amidst COVID-19 outbreak
Tue, May 5th 2020 11:15 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is pushing for the next COVID-19 emergency package to include language giving cancer patients equal access to oral chemotherapy medications that can be taken at home. Oral chemo parity, requiring similar health insurance coverage for oral chemo drugs as that provided for injectable or intravenous chemo, is a measure Higgins has been fighting for and said is especially relevant amid today's public health emergency.
New York State Builders Association urges Gov. Cuomo to restart residential construction now
Tue, May 5th 2020 11:15 am
Gov. Cuomo has indicated the importance of a regional approach to restarting New York economy. Unfortunately for New Yorkers, market-rate residential construction is currently considered an essential industry in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Delaware, but not here in New York.
When ventilators aren't enough: UB physician helped write global guidelines on specialized life support equipment for COVID-19
Tue, May 5th 2020 11:15 am
Ventilators may be among the best-known types of lifesaving medical equipment that the sickest COVID-19 patients need. But for a small number within that critically ill population, even ventilators are not enough. Those patients, about 10% of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units, will require life-support machines that temporarily function as their heart and lungs.
UB-led team developing 3-D-printed, reusable N95-like respirators
Tue, May 5th 2020 11:10 am
A University at Buffalo-led research team is developing plans to 3-D-print safe, effective and reusable N95-like respirators. The team, which includes local manufacturers and 3-D-printing enthusiasts, has submitted its work to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency approval.
Hospitality: AHLA releases industrywide hotel cleaning standards through 'Safe Stay' initiative
Tue, May 5th 2020 11:10 am
The American Hotel & Lodging Association has introduced "Safe Stay," an industrywide, enhanced standard of health and safety protocols designed to prepare America's hotels to safely welcome back guests and employees as the economy reopens. "Safe Stay" represents the top priority for the industry, the health and safety of guests and employees.
Ortt, colleagues launch 'Reset, Reopen' economic rollout
Tue, May 5th 2020 11:05 am
On Monday, New York State Sen. Rob Ortt joined his Republican colleagues, State Senate Deputy Minority Leader Joseph A. Griffo, Sen. Rich Funke, Sen. Tom O'Mara, Sen. George M. Borrello, Sen. Pat Gallivan, Sen. Daphne Jordan, Sen. Pam Helming and Sen. Fred Akshar, to roll out an economic "Reset, Reopen" plan for Upstate and Western New York to coincide with the virus's regression.
Following push, Congressman Higgins announces new retail coronavirus testing sites coming to Niagara Falls & Buffalo
Tue, May 5th 2020 10:50 am
Late Monday, Rite Aid confirmed plans to accommodate drive-thru testing at its locations at 1030 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls; and 2474 Bailey Ave., Buffalo.
Back up and running: A solid process reintroduces elective surgeries at Mount St. Mary's Hospital
Tue, May 5th 2020 10:50 am
Following Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announcement on April 21 lifting the restrictions for Niagara County's hospitals to perform elective surgeries, Mount St. Mary's Hospital designed a careful process to reopen its surgery department to elective procedures, recognizing it was more than just "flipping a switch."
Village of Lewiston suspends July 4 fireworks
Tue, May 5th 2020 10:00 am
There will be no Fourth of July fireworks in Lewiston this summer.
NYS Department of Labor announces program to help inform unemployed New Yorkers that federal law requires them to certify every week to continue receiving benefits
Mon, May 4th 2020 07:30 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Monday announced a new program to inform New Yorkers who have applied for unemployment that federal law requires them to submit a certification every week to receive their benefits, and educate New Yorkers about how to complete that certification.
Cuomo implores New Yorkers to wear a mask
Mon, May 4th 2020 07:30 pm
On Sunday afternoon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo cautioned New Yorkers about abandoning safety practices put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Cuomo outlines additional guidelines for when regions can reopen; NCCC testing site update
Mon, May 4th 2020 04:30 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday outlined additional guidelines for when regions can reopen. The state will monitor four core factors:
Coronavirus counties update for May 4
Mon, May 4th 2020 01:55 pm
Chronicling COVID-19: Buffalo History Museum to collect community stories regarding pandemic
Mon, May 4th 2020 11:10 am
The Buffalo History Museum has launched a new initiative to collect the stories of the community amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. All stories will be preserved in the museum's archives and become part of its collection. A press release said, "The community's contributions ensure evidence of this time for future research, reference, projects, exhibits, and programs."
Great Lakes Dental Technologies contributes face shields to McGuire Group
Mon, May 4th 2020 11:05 am
Great Lakes Dental Technologies is using new manufacturing technology to produce face shields, personal protective equipment essential to front-line health-care workers. Shields were recently donated to the McGuire Group, which operates multiple skilled nursing facilities throughout Western New York.
National gas prices up by a penny - first increase in 10 weeks
Mon, May 4th 2020 11:00 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $1.78, up 1 cent since last week. One year ago, the price was $2.90. The New York average is $2.16 - down 2 cents from last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.97.
National Travel and Tourism Week 2020 celebrates 'Spirit of Travel'
Mon, May 4th 2020 11:00 am
National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), which runs May 3-9, is the annual celebration of the contributions and accomplishments of the U.S. travel industry. This year, it will spotlight resilience and hope in the face of the coronavirus pandemic with the theme "Spirit of Travel."
UB awarded more than $10 million to study superbugs, HIV, obesity & COPD
Mon, May 4th 2020 10:55 am
Researchers in the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will lead four grants totaling more than $10 million to examine the effects of drug toxicity on cognitive disorders in older adults with HIV, develop urgent therapies to life-threatening infections, explore the disease of obesity, and craft new treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
UBMD Psychiatry provides emotional support to frontline health care workers
Mon, May 4th 2020 10:50 am
Overworked health care providers around the world are experiencing unprecedented levels of emotional and physical burnout and fear for their personal safety and the well-being of their loved ones as they care for patients with the novel coronavirus.
Kaleida Health: It's safe to go to emergency room
Sun, May 3rd 2020 02:10 pm
According to a recent Morning Consult-American College of Emergency Physicians poll released last week, 29% of the more than 2,200 adults surveyed said they had avoided seeking immediate medical care over concerns about contracting coronavirus.
Joint statement by Administrator Jovita Carranza & Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on 'success of the Paycheck Protection Program'
Sun, May 3rd 2020 02:10 pm
U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement on what they called the success of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):
Coronavirus county update for May 3: Niagara now past 500 positive cases
Sun, May 3rd 2020 02:10 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update Sunday on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County: "We regretfully report one new death of a Niagara County resident, an 85-year-old female with underlying health conditions. We send our deepest sympathies to her family and friends."
City of North Tonawanda update
Sat, May 2nd 2020 03:30 pm
If you listen to state and county leaders' information, you must be mindful of when we will begin to reopen. Presently, we are still under the governor's "PAUSE" order. As the number of cases in Niagara County continue to rise with 488 and 60 cases being in N.T., we have not reached the peak of infection or are even plateauing. In order to reopen, we need the rate of infection to decrease.
 

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