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Fall Allergies Are Nothing to Sneeze At For Seniors

Fall Allergies Are Nothing to Sneeze At For Buffalo Seniors By Alicia Schwartz, MSN-Ed, PCC, CCM, RN of VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans While Fall allergies aren’t fun for anyone, they place an extra burden on older adults, many of whom live with preexisting medical conditions that can be complicated by allergy symptoms such as congestion or a sore throat. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation ... »

When Should A Woman See A Urogynecologist?

By Dr. Armen Kirakosyan, M.D. It is common for women to be unsure as to the type of physician to contact when they experience symptoms that affect their urological, gynecological, and gastrointestinal health. Fortunately, women who believe they may require multiple specialists for these problems can see a Urogynecologist. What is a urogynecologist? A urogynecologist is a physician who has complete... »

Mosquitos in Erie County Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Residents Reminded to Eliminate Standing Water Where Mosquitoes Breed  ERIE COUNTY, NY—West Nile Virus (“WNV”) has been identified in a mosquito pool in Erie County, in the Town of Amherst. The New York State Department of Health (“NYSDOH”) regularly conducts this testing and recently identified this case. In an effort to protect the public, the Town of Amherst, routinely conducts mosquito surveil... »

Ribbon Cutting to Commemorate Neighborhood Health Centers Newest Site in Blasdell NY

Western New York community leaders in health, local elected officials and surrounding community members joined Neighborhood Health Center staff, board members, patients and stakeholders for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the new 38,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art medical facility in Blasdell. The new medical center will significantly expand quality health services to the re... »

Are your kids’ vaccinations are up to date?

Make sure your kids’ vaccinations are up-to-date! If you have school age children, your summer home work is to check to see that their immunizations are current. If the medical file you keep on them at home isn’t complete, call their pediatrician to see if any immunizations are needed before the first day of school. “It’s important for adults to keep up with their family’s immuni... »

afternoon respite programs

For parents, guardians and caregivers of young people with developmental disabilities, it’s not always possible to work full days or complete errands when a loved one’s needs take priority. Located in safe, community settings, People Inc.’s Afternoon Respite Programs are a bridge between school/day programs and home. The programs provide well-rounded experiences to nurture the skills of those with... »

Treating Adult Congenital Heart Defects

by Annette Pinder Congenital heart defects are problems with the heart’s structure that are present at birth. They can involve the interior walls of the heart, the valves inside the heart, and the arteries and veins that carry blood to the heart or the body. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect, affecting eight of e... »

Building an Empire of Health and Beauty

By Annette Pinder When I met Sherry Hale a couple of years ago, she was wearing a white esthetics jacket. The epitome of professionalism, she told me that she was building a medical spa, unlike any other. Hale’s determination was obvious, and somehow I kept running into her at various events. Each time she had taken her dream a bit farther, in working toward her goal. I also knew about Hale’s dedi... »

An Integrative Approach to Obesity

By Jennifer Jennings DNP, MS Our long-awaited summer has arrived, along with friend and family gatherings, replete with a smorgasbord of foods, tempting us to indulge and overindulge. While most of us are anxious to enjoy all that the season has to offer, there is probably no better time to choose a more mindful approach to eating due to the physical and economic costs of obesity. According to the... »

Tips and Cautions for the Weekend Warrior

If you find that weekends are your only time to exercise, take heart, especially if you engage in longer, more intense activities on Saturdays and/or Sundays. “The good news is that a recent study showed that exercisers like you have a lower risk of mortality compared to sedentary adults,” said Bruce Naughton, M.D., Univera Healthcare chief medical officer for Medicare.  “However, the jury is stil... »

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