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February session will focus on long COVID
Mon, Feb 6th 2023 07:00 am
Dr. Thomas Guttuso Jr., professor of neurology at UBMD, will be the guest speaker at the next Catholic Health COVID Support Group on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. Guttuso is currently studying the persistent symptoms of long COVID, and looking for participants for a study he is conducting.
ECDOH to end COVID-19 testing, vaccine clinics at Jesse Nash Health Center
Mon, Jan 23rd 2023 02:30 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) will end its COVID-19 testing services and vaccine clinics at the Jesse Nash Health Center (608 William St., Buffalo) at the end of January.
Omicron caused fewer cases of MIS-C in children than delta and they were milder, says new study based on 2021-22 data
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 10:55 am
A new University at Buffalo study conducted at John R. Oishei Children's Hospital is one of the first to reveal that there were fewer cases of multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) during the omicron wave of the pandemic than the delta wave.
NYS Department of Health updates New Yorkers on XBB.1.5 variant, now comprising over 50% of COVID cases in state
Fri, Jan 6th 2023 04:35 pm
The New York State Department of Health on Friday updated New Yorkers on the XBB.1.5 variant, which now makes up over 50% of coronavirus cases in New York. Based on samples sequenced and uploaded into the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data (GISAID), the world's largest database for COVID-19 variant data, the XBB.1.5 variant is the predominant strain in the state.
Could low-dose lithium treat long COVID? UB launches clinical trial to find out
Fri, Jan 6th 2023 04:10 pm
Adults experiencing long COVID may be interested in a new University at Buffalo clinical trial that is testing low-dose lithium as a potential treatment.
Higgins: $6.4 million-plus for Western New York health centers
Thu, Jan 5th 2023 09:25 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $6,466,603 for Western New York's federally qualified health centers. Included in the awards is $928,681 to ramp up coronavirus vaccination efforts, as the local community is facing the triple threat of increasing cases of RSV, COVID-19 and flu.
COVID-19 and the holidays: UB experts weigh in on how to stay safe
Wed, Dec 14th 2022 11:55 am
As the holiday season kicks into high gear, University at Buffalo physicians and scientists have recommendations for how people can stay safe and healthy this holiday season amid some increasingly concerning signs.
Catholic Health hosts free monthly COVID-19 support group
Mon, Dec 12th 2022 01:45 pm
Are you or a loved currently dealing with coronavirus or the aftereffects of COVID-19? Catholic Health is hosting a free monthly support group for survivors, loved ones and caregivers. The next session will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Ave.
NCDOH: Extremely high numbers of flu cases & increase in cases much earlier than typical flu season
Thu, Dec 8th 2022 11:15 am
The case numbers of influenza (flu) have been increasing exponentially across New York state, and the 2022-23 flu season is six weeks or more ahead of the typical spike in flu cases.
Erie County Department of Health changing COVID-19 testing & vaccine schedule at Jesse Nash Health Center
Wed, Dec 7th 2022 07:40 pm
Beginning Monday, Dec. 12, the Erie County Department of Health will have a new schedule for its coronavirus testing and vaccine clinic at the Jesse Nash Health Center, 608 William St., Buffalo.
Governor updates New Yorkers on ongoing winter preparedness efforts to protect against RSV, flu, COVID-19
Wed, Dec 7th 2022 07:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday updated New Yorkers on the state's progress combating the coronavirus. She also updated New Yorkers on winter preparedness efforts, urging individuals to "take proven prevention measures to protect against respiratory syncytial virus, flu, and COVID-19, and reduce the patient burden on local hospitals."
What's alarming pediatricians about surge in children's respiratory infections, the flu & COVID-19
Tue, Nov 29th 2022 01:10 pm
The request by children's hospitals nationwide this month that the federal government declare a formal state of emergency given the surge in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and flu cases was no surprise to Oscar G. Gómez-Duarte, M.D.
ECDOH: Early reports from CDC show current flu vaccine is good match against circulating influenza viruses
Tue, Nov 22nd 2022 03:10 pm
Wondering if it's worth getting a flu vaccine? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data indicate that the 2022-23 influenza season flu vaccine formulations are a good match to protect against the currently circulating flu viruses.
Hochul urges New Yorkers to take steps to reduce risk of respiratory illnesses this holiday season
Mon, Nov 21st 2022 04:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday urged New Yorkers to take precautions this holiday season to protect young children, older individuals and those with underlying health conditions, from respiratory viruses like RSV, influenza and coronavirus, as infections continue to rise nationwide.
Hochul announces $234 million in additional food assistance for November
Fri, Nov 18th 2022 11:50 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced that all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for November. All households participating in SNAP - including those already at the maximum level of benefits - will receive a supplemental allotment this month, resulting in a roughly $234 million infusion of federal funding into the New York state economy.
Catholic Health hosts free monthly COVID support group
Sat, Nov 12th 2022 11:20 am
Are you or a loved currently dealing with the coronavirus or the aftereffects of COVID-19? Catholic Health is hosting a free monthly support group for survivors, loved ones and caregivers. The next session will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore.
ECDOH, Kaleida Health alert community to triple threat of pediatric respiratory illnesses
Fri, Nov 4th 2022 03:15 pm
The Erie County Department of Health and Kaleida Health are alerting local residents of a surge in pediatric respiratory illnesses.
Hochul launches public awareness campaign to protect New Yorkers against respiratory illnesses
Fri, Nov 4th 2022 12:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has launched a new public awareness campaign about respiratory virus infections spreading this fall, and the steps New Yorkers can take to protect themselves, their families and their communities.
NYSDOH: Steps to protect New Yorkers from respiratory illnesses this fall & winter
Wed, Oct 26th 2022 06:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced steps the New York State Department of Health is taking to raise awareness of and protect New Yorkers against respiratory virus infections that are spreading this fall - and expected to continue through the winter.
Application period open for $250 million COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit Program
Tue, Oct 25th 2022 04:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced applications are now being accepted from small businesses that have successfully completed the prescreening process to become certified for the COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit Program, which supports companies that made investments to comply with emergency orders and regulations or to increase public safety in response to the coronavirus.
ECDOH: Get a flu vaccine - it's not too late
Mon, Oct 24th 2022 03:50 pm
One dose of flu vaccine can prevent the body aches, fevers, chills, stuffy nose, sore throat and general sense of feeling awful that the typical influenza infection causes.
NYS: $234 million in additional food assistance for October
Sat, Oct 22nd 2022 10:20 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for October. All households participating in SNAP - including those already at the maximum level of benefits - will receive a supplemental allotment this month, resulting in a roughly $234 million infusion of federal funding into the New York State economy.
Updated COVID-19 boosters now available for children
Wed, Oct 19th 2022 08:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced children ages 5 and older may now receive the bivalent booster shots that are recommended to increase protection against the coronavirus.
Analysis: 2022 hotel leisure travel revenue projected to be up 14% over pre-pandemic levels
Mon, Oct 17th 2022 12:10 pm
U.S. hotel leisure travel revenue is projected to end 2022 14% above 2019 levels, while hotel business travel revenue is expected to come within 1% of 2019 levels, according to a new analysis released Monday by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and Kalibri Labs.
UB receives $1.3 million to train next generation of public health workforce
Mon, Oct 17th 2022 10:55 am
The University at Buffalo's School of Public Health and Health Professions has been awarded $1.3 million from the U.S. government to help train the next generation of public health workers by providing scholarship opportunities to graduate students from disadvantaged or underrepresented groups.
Catholic Health hosts free, monthly COVID-19 support groups
Wed, Oct 12th 2022 09:05 pm
Catholic Health is hosting free monthly in-person and virtual support groups for survivors, loved ones and caregivers. The group, led by medical professionals, was established in the fall of 2021 to help those impacted by COVID-19 address concerns, access helpful resources, and connect with others to share their similar journeys.
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center updates patient visitation hours
Wed, Oct 5th 2022 02:15 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has extended its visitation policy to include hours outside of the workday, "recognizing the important role visitors play in patient recovery."
Memorial, NU to host COVID-19 vaccine clinic
Sat, Oct 1st 2022 07:00 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and Niagara University's Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Race, Equality, & Mission will host a coronavirus vaccination clinic from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Entrepreneur School of Thought, 1110 19th St., Niagara Falls.
Erie County Department of Health providing COVID-19 tests, masks
Wed, Sep 28th 2022 10:50 am
The Erie County Department of Health reminds community organizations serving Erie County residents that at-home coronavirus tests, disinfectant wipes and non-surgical face masks (PPE) are available for ordering at no cost.
Preparing for the next pandemic: NSF grants $1 million to UB to develop a rapid response system, build community trust
Wed, Sep 28th 2022 10:50 am
They introduced genomic sequencing of the coronavirus to Western New York. They sampled wastewater to determine the level of the virus locally. They partnered with local groups to boost vaccinations and share scientific information in user-friendly ways.
Study: Often overlooked, molecules called glycans regulate COVID-19 spike protein function
Wed, Sep 28th 2022 10:50 am
If you're an avid reader of science news, you've probably heard of viral proteins such as the COVID-19 spike protein.
Hochul announces crackdown on unemployment insurance fraud
Tue, Sep 27th 2022 09:50 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced actions to crack down on unemployment insurance fraud after a New York State Department of Labor investigation found that insurance fraud accounted for more than $11 million in benefits payments in August. These benefits were paid almost exclusively to those working while also collecting unemployment insurance payments during the pandemic.
Higgins, Ortt respond to Canada's plan to lift northern border restrictions
Tue, Sep 27th 2022 09:50 am
Congressman Brian Higgins released the following statement in reaction to the announcement the Canadian government will end random testing, drop the coronavirus vaccine requirement, and make the use of ArriveCAN voluntary for those crossing the border between the U.S. and Canada:
Catholic Health resumes expanded hospital visitation hours
Mon, Sep 26th 2022 09:15 am
Catholic Health is expanding its hospital visiting hours. Patients may have up to two visitors at a time between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Sisters of Charity Hospital (Main Street and St. Joseph campuses). Visitation beyond normal hours continues to be permitted under certain conditions.
Higgins: $1 million in federal funding for University at Buffalo to support pandemic preparedness
Fri, Sep 23rd 2022 07:40 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a federal grant totaling $1 million awarded to the University at Buffalo.
Niagara County health director provides update on vaccine, tips for fall
Fri, Sep 23rd 2022 07:35 am
As summer ended in 2020, and again in 2021, an ominous cloud hung over the region, as the rate of coronavirus infection rose - and with it, restrictions and cancellations.
Local leaders comment on Canadian COVID restrictions
Wed, Sep 21st 2022 07:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, co-chair of the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group and the Congressional Northern Border Caucus, is calling on the U.S. to end COVID-19-related restrictions at the U.S. border with Canada.
UB and UBMD Physicians' Group launch region's only long COVID registry
Wed, Sep 21st 2022 07:00 am
The University at Buffalo and UBMD Physicians' Group have launched the long COVID registry in order to learn more about the condition, and to connect Western New Yorkers with treatment options and the potential to participate in clinical trials.
UB scientist: Best protection against COVID-19 could be a vaccine delivered through the nose
Tue, Sep 13th 2022 07:05 pm
As public health experts cautiously anticipate how COVID-19 will play out this fall, a University at Buffalo scientist is reiterating that substantial immunity against the SARS-CoV-2 virus will only happen with a vaccine that can be delivered through the nose.
Hochul announces $234 million in additional food assistance for September
Tue, Sep 13th 2022 07:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for September. All households participating in SNAP - including those already at the maximum level of benefits - will receive a supplemental allotment this month, resulting in a roughly $234 million infusion of federal funding into the New York state economy.
 

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