Summer camp options abound

By Shannon Traphagen Summer camp is a beloved tradition in many families as parents fondly recall spending their summers at camp, making lifelong friends and learning the finer points of roasting marshmallows and competing in three-legged sack races. There are a variety of summer camps, each offering

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Childhood Infections May Trigger Mental Illness

A report from Medscape Medical News shows that a large Danish population-based study provides strong evidence of an association between childhood infection, antibiotic treatment, and subsequent neuropsychiatric disorders. Investigators found that the risk of developing a mental disorder increased by more than 80% after hospitalization for severe

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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

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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

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Kids Get Arthritis Too!

By Joan G. Calkins, MD Juvenile arthritis (JA) describes many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions but can also describe pediatric rheumatic diseases that affect nearly 300,000 children in the U.S. under the age of 16. JA targets the musculoskeletal system and muscles. Most types of JA share symptoms

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Little red hats to be given to hundreds of newborns

The Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) and Catholic Health are teaming up for Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week, February 7-14. The two groups will host a press conference and photo opportunity on February 13th from 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. at Sisters of Charity Hospital,

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HOPE Buffalo Partners with Buffalo Public Schools

The Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) Office of Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Parenting (T3P) has embarked on a mission to reduce teenage pregnancy and improve academic and social outcomes for parenting students and their children by the end of 2020. This New Education Bargain at BPS has been

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Medical 411: Bronchiolitis

Parents have likely heard about bronchitis. But another respiratory infection, bronchiolitis, gets far less attention. According to Dr. Joan Calkins of Village Pediatrics and Rheumatology in Hamburg, bronchiolitis is an infection of the small tubes inside the lungs (bronchioles) caused by a virus, that generally affects young

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Anti-Drug Challenge Encourages Students to be Part of the Solution

(Family Features) Prescription opioid misuse and heroin use have reached epidemic levels in the United States. Now, students have the opportunity to compete for prizes as they engage in a national challenge to communicate messages to their peers about the dangers these drugs pose. The United States

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Local Facilities Cited for Tobacco Sales to Minors

Niagara County Department of Health Cites Facilities for Tobacco Sales to Minors Since 1999, the Niagara County Department of Health and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office have collaborated to conduct tobacco compliance checks throughout Niagara County. The goal of the program is to reduce the prevalence of

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