Waking often to use the bathroom may signal health issues

  If frequent trips to the bathroom are keeping you from sleeping through the night, you may have a nocturia, which is a common cause of sleep loss, especially among older adults. “We’re not talking about waking up once during the night, every few nights,” said Richard Vienne, D.O., Univera Healthcare vice president and chief medical officer. “Adults suffering from nocturia may awaken with th... »

Protect Yourself from Ticks

Protect Yourself from Ticks Common Sense Prevention & Alert Observations are Recommended ERIE COUNTY, NY— After another mild Western New York winter, the number of ticks in Erie County may be increased compared to previous years. More ticks could lead to more people exposed to tick borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, which is widespread in Erie County. This year, Centers for Disease Control ... »

June Checklist for Summer Allergies and Asthma Concerns

By Alicia Schwartz, MSN-Ed, PCC, CCM, RN of VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans As summer begins, irritants like pollen and smoke are more likely to cause asthma attacks. According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, asthma is a chronic disease that affects about 8% of Americans, and is characterized by inflammation of the airways and difficulty breathing. Although many individuals out... »

Find Your Golden Buddah

Find Your Golden Buddah by Laurie Menzes, Esq.   What is more important—knowing how much money you will have left when you die? Or knowing that your life meant something when you look back? People come to me every day to discuss their money and how to best preserve their assets. Many lawyers and financial planners spend our careers focusing on the accumulation and preservation of people’... »

Bestself Behavioral Health in WNY

BESTSELF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH IS OFFICIAL IN WNY Child & Adolescent Treatment Services and Lake Shore Behavioral Health are now BestSelf Behavioral Health (Buffalo, N.Y. – 6/1/2017) – – As of today, June 1, 2017, BestSelf Behavioral Health is the new standard in family-focused behavioral health in Western New York. Employing more than 525 people, the new organization is one of the lar... »

A Heavenly Experience!

by Shannon Traphagen Imagine being transported to Polynesia in the time it takes to get to The Spa at Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino or the Spa at Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino, and depending upon where you are coming from in Western New York, it won’t take very long. I visited Seneca Niagara for my Polynesian Spa experience. The palm-fringed coral reef and crystal clear water immediately tr... »

Snack Your Way to Your Summer Weight!

by Patricia Salzer Healthy snacking throughout the day can help you maintain your ideal weight, or even help you to drop a few pounds in time for swimsuit season. “When you snack on the right foods, you tend to consume fewer calories throughout the day,” said Patricia Salzer, a registered dietitian and health and workplace wellness consultant at Univera Healthcare. “You’ll feel fuller longer and b... »

Benefits of plant-based medicine

By Shannon Traphagen Across cultures, herbal medicine is a part of our human heritage. Herbs are an important tool in conventional medicine throughout Europe, Asia, and India, and have been used since the 1800’s. In the early 1900s, American doctors commonly used naturopathy, homeopathy, and other holistic practices to help alleviate or combat certain ailments and diseases. While it has take... »

National Stroke Awareness Month

Don’t blame the brain for an ischemic stroke A CLOGGED ARTERY IN THE NECK IS THE LIKELY CULPRIT – HERE’S WHY   Duplex ultrasound is an easy, painless test that can diagnose carotid artery disease. CHICAGO, Illinois, May 1, 2017 – Since a stroke occurs in the brain, it might seem like that’s where the problem originated. But that is not usually the case. Most ischemic strokes are caused by a c... »

Dialysis and Kidney Failure: Treatment for a Better Quality of Life

      by Mandip Panesar MS, MD, FASN and Patricia Denny MS Most of us know someone who is a dialysis patient. Kidney failure, resulting in the need for dialysis, strikes as many as one in nine Americans. When kidney function decreases to approximately 10% of its normal function, dialysis is essential to sustain life. Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) is the largest provider of dialy... »

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