Health

Upstate Uninsured Rate at Historic Low

Upstate’s Uninsured Rate Remains at Historic Low; NYS Rate Is the Lowest Ever Recorded Just 5.7 percent of the New York state population is without health insurance, according to a Univera Healthcare analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey. That’s a historic low number of uninsured in the state, and a full three points lower than the national uninsured rate of 8.7... »

Groundbreaking Treatment for Post-Concussion Syndrome

by Sharon Press John was 26-years-old when he suddenly fell to the ground while at a football game with his buddies. He didn’t think much of the incident but woke up the next day feeling hungover. It turned out that John had a concussion, and his “hangover” would last for seven years. John enjoyed a vibrant and active life prior to the incident, worked long hours as a financial analyst in New York... »

ECMC Kidney Transplantation

ECMC Kidney Transplantation Program Receives HRSA Grant $1.2 million Grant Awarded for Social and Behavioral Interventions to Increase Solid Organ and Tissue Donation BUFFALO, NEW YORK—Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded a $1.2 million grant ($400,000/year for ... »

Visit ECDOH at the Erie County Fair!

Free Health Screenings & Information ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Health (“ECDOH”) will once again offer educational and informative activities throughout the twelve-day run of the annual Erie County Fair.  As in past years, various Erie County departments, including the Health Department, will be located in the Marketplace Building on 42nd Street on the Fair Grounds in Hambu... »

Breastfeeding Benefits

  Breastfeeding has benefits for both infants and mothers, both in the short-term and the long-term alike, according to Ohio University’s Ilana Chertok, who added that the World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for babies up to six months of age and continued breastfeeding (along with appropriate complimentary meals) for up to two years or beyond. Exclusive breastfeeding... »

Concussion Management Forum

Western New York Public Health Alliance and the New York State Public Health Association Symposium: Concussion Management Forum On Thursday July 12th, the Western New York Public Health Alliance and the New York State Public Health Association collaborated to host the first Symposium in a series of Symposiums on brain health with the topic of Concussion Management. This free Symposium was held at ... »

Recognize and Avoid Youth Sports Injuries

Children benefit in many ways from their involvement in youth sports. Being part of a team fosters feelings of belonging, inspires collaborative play and strategy, and is typically an excellent form of exercise. “Still, despite the benefits, there is reason for concern about the injury risk their children face on the playing fields,” says local orthopedic surgeon, Peter Gambacorta, DO. A Safe Kids... »

CBD: From Skin Conditions to Parkinson’s

From Skin Conditions to Parkinson’s Disease: How a New Therapy (CBD) is Helping Patients Research suggests that cannabidiol (CBD), a compound extracted from the hemp plant, could help manage everything from anxiety to psoriasis to Parkinson’s disease. With a better understanding of its potential medical benefits, experts say that millions of lives could be improved. And while the use of CBD to pro... »

50 Years Later, RhoGAM and Kedplasma Still Protecting Moms and Newborns

50 Years Later – RhoGAM Kedplasma (NewsUSA) Every pregnant woman in the world should know about Marianne Cummins. Over 50 years ago, Cummins was expecting her third child when she became the first person to receive an injection of a new medicine called RhoGAM, developed to help prevent a condition that resulted in the deaths of about 10,000 newborns in the U.S. annually, and brain damage in ... »

BlueCross BlueShield Blue Fund

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York Announces Blue Fund —Grant Giving Will Focus on Health, Children and Education for Clinicians — Buffalo, NY —BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York today announced the creation of the Blue Fund, a new health-focused grants program. The Blue Fund will award major grants in Western New York, totaling approximately $1 million to $3 million annual... »

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