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Blood donations needed ahead of summer
Mon, May 9th 2022 11:25 am
When schools let out for summer and families set off on vacation, the American Red Cross typically sees a decline in donors, which can impact patient care. It's critically important that donors make an appointment to give now before heading out for summer activities to help maintain a stable blood supply in the coming months.
FeedMore WNY receives $50,000 from Morgan Stanley Foundation to help food pantries offer more elements of choice
Fri, May 6th 2022 09:25 am
FeedMore WNY received a $50,000 grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation to provide Western New York families in need the ability to choose from available foods or food boxes at partner food pantries. The funds provided an opportunity for 12 area food pantries in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties to reintroduce elements of choice at distributions, while still maintaining safety protocols due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Appeal 2022 'HOPE Day' is Wednesday, May 11
Mon, May 2nd 2022 10:30 am
"HOPE Day," the annual 24-hour match challenge day of giving to benefit Appeal, is set for Wednesday, May 11, across Western New York. The first $75,000 raised will be matched dollar-for-dollar, with gifts from donors who wish to remain anonymous, in the ongoing effort to reach 2022's $9.5 million goal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo and the "Fund for the Faith." Appeal 2022 has currently raised $7,759,477, or 81% of its goal to date.
The Tool Library announces spring 2022 service days
Fri, Apr 29th 2022 11:55 am
The Tool Library announced it will be putting its tools and volunteers to work with a new calendar of community service events, on April 23 and 30 and May 7, 14, 21 and 28. Organizers said, "Each of the six service events provide an opportunity to beautify, strengthen and contribute to the WNY community through direct, hands-on action."
Niagara County celebrates Earth Day by announcing expanded household hazardous waste program
Fri, Apr 22nd 2022 11:00 am
In honor of the worldwide celebration of Earth Day on April 22, Niagara County announced it is expanding its household hazardous waste (HHW) program for the coming year, hosting four recycling events in addition to offering a self-haul voucher program.
Independent Health & Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge to offer Western New Yorkers new ways to get healthy & win big
Fri, Apr 22nd 2022 10:50 am
The Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge is back! The 15th round of the fun and popular community initiative is set to kick off on April 25 and run through June 5.
'Great Battery Roundup': AAA uses Earth Day to collect batteries, help environment & charities
Mon, Apr 18th 2022 02:35 pm
Held in conjunction with Earth Day, the AAA "Great Battery Roundup" is designed to encourage motorists to take old automotive or marine lead-acid batteries to a local collection point where they can be safely recycled and formed into new batteries. AAA Western and Central New York is pleased to participate with a convenient program again this year.
National Volunteer Week: American Red Cross recognizes 'crucial support' of its volunteers
Sat, Apr 16th 2022 01:10 pm
National Volunteer Week is April 17-23, and the American Red Cross of Western New York honors the work of its volunteers who give their time to help people in need.
American Red Cross: Give blood during National Minority Health Month
Fri, Apr 8th 2022 10:10 am
April is National Minority Health Month - a time to raise awareness about health disparities that disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minority populations. The American Red Cross is reminding blood and platelet donors it's critically important to maintain a stable blood supply this spring to support those with chronic illnesses and other blood needs in the U.S.
To boost or not to boost? UB's Russo discusses what new FDA guidelines mean
Mon, Apr 4th 2022 10:25 am
The FDA's approval last week of a fourth COVID-19 shot is injecting additional questions into the conversation over who should get which booster and when.
File your tax return simply, quickly, and for free with these tips
Fri, Apr 1st 2022 02:55 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance reminds taxpayers that its website, www.tax.ny.gov, can help make filing personal income tax returns simple, fast and free.
Higgins: $1.5 million in federal funding for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Fri, Mar 25th 2022 02:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins - co-chair of the House cancer caucus - joined Roswell Park CEO Dr. Candace Johnson to announce $1.5 million in federal funding awarded to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Celebrate spring and help save lives by giving blood or platelets
Wed, Mar 23rd 2022 10:00 am
It's officially spring! As the weather warms up and the latest COVID-19 surge continues to slow, many people are looking forward to meeting up with family and friends. At the start of this new season, the American Red Cross encourages the community to play an important role in helping save lives by making blood or platelet donation part of their spring plans.
Extension of Medicaid postpartum coverage is good for cardiac health of new mothers
Mon, Mar 21st 2022 01:40 pm
Growing evidence suggests pregnancy complications could mean future health risks, particularly heart disease and stroke. The state Assembly and Senate took steps to reduce this by including measures that would extend the Medicaid postpartum coverage period from 60 days to 12 months in their proposed one-house budget bills that came out this week.
NYS OASAS announces launch of new campaign to raise awareness of Recovery Friendly Workplace Tax Credit
Tue, Mar 15th 2022 04:20 pm
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS) announced the launch of a new media campaign to raise awareness of the Recovery Friendly Workplace Tax Credit.
Protect your sensitive information and tax refund
Thu, Mar 10th 2022 08:55 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, along with the New York State Office of Information Technology Services and the Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection, shared important tips to help New York taxpayers block identity thieves and tax fraudsters.
Spring season provides fresh start to become tobacco-free
Mon, Mar 7th 2022 11:30 am
As New Yorkers look forward to the spring season, many of their New Year's resolutions have come and gone. Studies confirm these resolutions often fail after a few weeks, yet the spring season offers hope to try again.
A familiar message for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March: Get screened
Tue, Mar 1st 2022 02:20 pm
The Erie County Cancer Services Program (CSP) is now offering free colorectal cancer screening for men and women ages 45 and older. People at average risk for colorectal cancer and who do not have health insurance may qualify.
Hundreds of Western New Yorkers waiting for kidney transplants
Fri, Feb 25th 2022 10:25 am
March is National Kidney Month, and health advocates are calling attention to the prevalence of kidney disease. Local organizations are also raising awareness of the need for organ donors.
Catholic Charities appeal 2022: Community support critical to easing pandemic's effects for many
Fri, Feb 18th 2022 11:15 am
Tens of thousands of individuals, families and children of all ages and faiths rely year-round on the support provided by the Appeal through Catholic Charities.
Variety Club announces 60th annual Variety Kids Telethon
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 12:15 pm
The 60th annual Variety Kids Telethon will take place at the Variety Club headquarters located at 6114 Broadway, Lancaster. The event will be produced and presented from both the studios of WGRZ-TV Channel 2, and the Variety Club HQ from 6-11 p.m. Saturday, March 5. The presentation will also be streamed live at www.wgrz.com.
Hochul establishes office of chief disability officer
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 11:25 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced the establishment of the Office of the Chief Disability Officer to advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities. She appointed Kimberly T. Hill as the state's first chief disability officer.
Kenmore Mercy & Mount St. Mary's hospitals introduce 'revolutionary' technology to enhance dialysis care
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 03:20 pm
Kenmore Mercy Hospital and Mount St. Mary's Hospital recently introduced next-generation technology for dialysis care, called Tablo Hemodialysis System. The changeover to the new dialysis program within Catholic Health is aimed at improving the patient experience, while reducing the cost and complexity historically associated with dialysis treatment.
Frontier House work to shift indoors, with anticipated warm-weather start
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 12:20 pm
Most of the repair work at the Frontier House in the past 10 years has been performed behind the scenes, revealed only through second-hand accounts. But in recent weeks, exterior work has been readily evident and on display for all to see, with massive lifts, scaffolding and tarps surrounding the 198-year-old building.
BBB: How to choose a tax preparer
Wed, Feb 2nd 2022 01:15 pm
This year, taxpayers must file their income tax forms before the April 18, 2022, deadline. For many people, major life changes, business ownership, or simply a lack of knowledge about the ever-changing tax laws make finding a trustworthy tax preparer a good idea. However, not all tax preparers have the same level of experience and training.
ECDOH to offer walk-in COVID-19 testing at 2 sites
Mon, Jan 31st 2022 04:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health has expanded its coronavirus testing operations to the Jesse Nash Health Center at 608 William St., Buffalo. This site is offering free COVID-19 testing from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. weekdays. Walk-ins/drive-ups are welcome; appointments will be accepted, but not required.
Study: In IBS patients, cognitive behavioral therapy modulates brain-gut microbiome and helps relieve symptoms
Fri, Jan 28th 2022 02:20 pm
A joint study conducted by researchers at the University at Buffalo and the University of California, Los Angeles is revealing for the first time that behavioral self-management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a painful and common gastrointestinal disorder, can fundamentally change the gut microbiome. It is the first to show how cognitive behavioral therapy can teach patients information-processing skills that address the biological roots of their GI symptoms.
Consumer alert: DCP urges New Yorkers to be aware of at-home COVID-19 testing scams
Tue, Jan 25th 2022 05:45 pm
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection warned about scammers taking advantage of the free COVID-19 test government program to steal personal information for unscrupulous purposes.
Tax filing season is open: File your returns for free today
Mon, Jan 24th 2022 12:30 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance on Monday announced the start of the income tax filing season. It's begun processing income tax returns, including those submitted using the Free File software available on the Tax Department website.
At 'Food as Medicine,' UB students develop skills to help motivate patients to make healthier choices
Fri, Jan 21st 2022 10:45 am
Eat healthy and exercise: It's the most common New Year's resolution people make and often fail to achieve. But this year, University at Buffalo students have acquired new skills they are putting to use in local clinics in an effort to motivate their patients - and themselves - to make better lifestyle choices.
State Office for Aging offers cold weather tips, emergency resources for older adults, caregivers & neighbors
Thu, Jan 13th 2022 04:35 pm
With recent sub-zero temperatures - and many more weeks of cold weather still to come - New York State Office for the Aging Director (NYSOFA) Greg Olsen reminds older adults, their caregivers and neighbors to take extra safety precautions and check in on one another.
Red Cross: National blood crisis may put patients at risk
Tue, Jan 11th 2022 09:55 am
The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis - its worst blood shortage in more than a decade. Dangerously low blood supply levels are posing a concerning risk to patient care and forcing doctors to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait until more products become available.
AG James warns of cyberattacks targeting consumers reusing passwords for online accounts
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 10:05 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James issued a consumer alert warning New Yorkers of cyberattacks targeting consumers that use the same username and password (login credentials) on more than one website or app.
Erie County Department of Health explains best practices for mask use
Mon, Jan 3rd 2022 08:55 am
The significant increase in recent COVID-19 cases means that proper, consistent mask use is even more important as a protective measure for Erie County residents, regardless of vaccination status.
Red Cross: Donate blood - or platelets - to help patients avoid delays in care
Thu, Dec 23rd 2021 01:10 pm
As holiday celebrations continue, concern is rising for the nation's blood supply, which has now dipped to concerning levels and could force hospitals to hold off on essential blood and platelet transfusions for patients.
Avoid these surprisingly common holiday accidents & injuries
Wed, Dec 22nd 2021 07:00 am
'Tis the season for accidents and injuries that send thousands of people to the emergency department each year. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) asked emergency physicians around the country what they typically see on a shift during the holidays, and here are some of the most common injuries to avoid in preparation for the festivities:
NFMMC: Vaccine clinics continue to make huge impact
Fri, Dec 17th 2021 01:20 pm
Over the past year, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has been at the forefront of the effort to vaccinate our community against COVID-19. Leading this charge is Memorial's director of pharmacy services, Michelle Lewis, Pharm.D., MHA, BCACP.
Niagara County Department of Health releases update to quarantine requirements
Tue, Dec 14th 2021 01:45 pm
Based on New York State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, the Niagara County Department of Health is announcing a change to its COVID-19 quarantine requirements. Effective immediately, Niagara County will implement the "test out of quarantine" strategy for all county residents.
Donation drives will support Niagara Falls community this Christmas
Tue, Dec 14th 2021 10:15 am
It's the season of giving, and the Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative is collecting donations for two campaigns to support the Niagara Falls community this holiday season.
FASNY: Heat your home safely
Wed, Dec 8th 2021 12:55 pm
This year, we saw a short autumn, leaving New Yorkers to feel the cooler weather sooner than normal. As a result, residents have been turning on their heat and curling up next to their fireplaces. The Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) wants to remind everyone to follow some simple tips when preparing their homes for winter.
 

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