Children and Teens

Adolescent Substance Abuse

By Annette Pinder Being a teenager these days isn’t easy — nor is it easy being the parent of a teenager. And with illicit substance use becoming more prevalent, the challenge has become even greater. Fortunately, according to the American Association for Family Therapy, most adolescents who experiment with drugs do not progress to become adult drug abusers or addicts. However, substance use (alco... »

Village Pediatrics & Rheumatology

Village Pediatrics and Rheumatology is proud to celebrate twenty years of serving families in the Town of Hamburg and surrounding communities. Dr. Joan Calkins and her staff have maintained a record of excellence through quality patient care and continue to be recognized as a top rated provider in Western New York. “At Village Pediatrics & Rheumatology, our team works together to deliver excel... »

Peak Season for Children with Asthma

Peak Season for Children with Asthma A spike in asthma symptoms and flare-ups among children who have asthma is expected to start in late August and continue through the end of September, according to a review of past claims data and public health records by Univera Healthcare. “An increase in the number of children’s asthma-related medical visits, asthma attacks and hospitalizations occurs each y... »

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... »

A Hopeful Thank You–HOPE Buffalo

By Stan Martin As Project Director of the HOPE Buffalo youth and community led coalition to reduce teen pregnancy, I am heartened to see such enthusiasm and participation in the initiative. The education for which youth, parents, and caring adults can learn is invaluable. But it’s not just the parents and youth that get involved that makes HOPE Buffalo successful—it’s the community based youth org... »

HOPE Buffalo

by Stan Martin November marks the beginning of a season of celebration and, in that spirit, it is with great pride that we celebrate the launch of HOPE Buffalo – and a pledge to embrace teen health. Teen pregnancy rates among Buffalo youth are much higher than those in the rest of New York State. HOPE Buffalo, which stands for Health, Opportunity, Prevention, and Education, seeks to change these t... »

Classes for Kids and Family Days at Botanical Gardens

Classes for Kids and Wegmans Family Days Announced at the Botanical Gardens! Buffalo, NY – There are many artistic and educational activities for the whole family to enjoy this fall at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Young artists are encouraged to join Art Classes starting September 24, families are welcome to participate in the popular monthly Wegmans Family Days and young c... »

Back to School

By Stan Martin Summer is winding down in Western New York, along with hot days, vacations, and the slower pace of learning. As many head back to school, we need to be more cognizant of the math around teen pregnancy in our community. Buffalo has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the United States. In 2012, the average teen birth rate was 61.3 per 1,000 females between the ages of 15 and 1... »

What Athletes Need to Know About Shin Splints

All Athletes, Especially Runners, Are at Risk of Developing Shin Splints By Dr. Matthew Zinno, M.D. This summer’s weather in Western New York is pretty amazing. Along with the beautiful warm days many people are exercising more, especially those interested in losing weight or involved in summer endurance sports like running and triathlon. Athletes typically increase volume or intensity as a compet... »

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