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June Brides

Have you ever wondered why couples often choose June to tie the knot? Certainly, June is often a beautiful and temperate month. But it also derived its name from Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage, and people believed that couples who married in June would be blessed with prosperity and happiness. And during medieval times a person’s annual bath usually fell in May or June, meaning that June brid... »

Lazy Days of Summer

Most of us can’t wait for summer to arrive, freeing ourselves from cumbersome clothing, and delighting in longer days filled with all that the season has to offer. So why does summer sometimes make us feel lethargic? What accounts for those lazy days of summer? According to Quartz Media, the answer simple, and scientifically-based: hot weather slows our bodies down. The hotter it is outside, the m... »

Staying Forever Young

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts recently delivered the commencement address at his son’s ninth-grade graduation. And he surprised students with his message, saying, “I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice. I hope that you will suffer betrayal because that will teach you the importance of loyalty.” Justice Roberts also recited th... »

Empower Receives Life-Saving AED Devices from Univera Healthcare

Four sites operated by Empower, formerly Niagara Cerebral Palsy, are equipped with semi-automated external defibrillators thanks to an underwriting grant from Univera Healthcare. With the devices, known as AEDs, these group homes for individuals with developmental disabilities are better equipped to respond to a sudden cardiac arrest. “Having these devices in our sites allows our staff to take imm... »

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... »

Highly-Skilled Cardiologist Joins Great Lakes Cardiovascular

Highly-Skilled Cardiologist, Dr. Reza Banifatemi, Joins Great Lakes Cardiovascular Group Buffalo, New York, August 1, 2017 – Reza Banifatemi, Cardiologist, will be joining Great Lakes Cardiovascular, effective July 26. Dr. Banifatemi will be working out of the Williamsville office and providing inpatient services at Niagara Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Banifatemi has been in practice for over 10 y... »

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... »

Couples that Play Together Stay Together

by Shannon Traphagen Life gets busy, and when it does, demands pile up, work hours increase, and family schedules and obligations take a toll. This is often when time for fun gets pushed aside, causing a strain in our relationships. However, according to the American Psychological Association, by engaging in fun, novel activities, partners grow closer to one another, experience more positive emoti... »

Junior League Grant to Rural Outreach

Junior League grant aids Rural Outreach Center nutrition program The Rural Outreach Center in East Aurora was the recent recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Junior League of Buffalo for its upgraded “Nutrition ROCs” program. Founded in 1919, the Junior League of Buffalo is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community t... »

DOH Provides Breastfeeding Friendly Designation to Businesses and Daycare Centers

Department of Health Provides Breastfeeding Friendly Designation to Businesses and Day Care Providers in Honor of National Breastfeeding Month In the United States and Canada, August is National Breastfeeding Month. The Niagara County Department of Health is providing Breastfeeding Friendly Designation to businesses and child care providers that meet the Lactation Program minimum requirements. Ret... »

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