E-Cigarette Users Have Lower Exposure to Toxicants — As Long As They Don’t Smoke Combustible Cigarettes Too

The largest study to date to compare exposure to toxicants among users of electronic cigarettes, smokers and nonsmokers has been completed, suggesting possible benefits for smokers who switch completely to electronic cigarettes. The research team, led by Maciej Goniewicz, PhD, PharmD, and Andrew Hyland, PhD, of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in collaboration with scientists from Westat, ... »

GO Buffalo Mom! Univera and United Way Partner to Increase Healthy Births

Go Buffalo Mom — Univera Healthcare Partners with United Way of Buffalo & Erie County to Increase Healthy Births in Buffalo Buffalo, NY., December 4, 2018– United Way of Buffalo & Erie County (UWBEC) today announced that Univera Healthcare has awarded the non-profit organization a $49,650 grant over a three-year period to support GO Buffalo Mom; a program that helps ensure preg... »

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 infection. The use of anti-infectives, specifically ... »

Daycare and Wellness Center Planned at The GreenFields

Daycare & Wellness Center at TheGreenFields will offer child care services and community wellness programs LANCASTER, NY – Niagara Lutheran Health System is expanding its services in Western New York by adding a new daycare and wellness center to The GreenFields Continuing Care Community campus in Lancaster. The new project, with a budget of $1.8 million, represents a new outside-the-box appro... »

A Home for Dad at Terrace View

Terrace View Has Exceeded Our Expectations By Sheila Bernard Like many in our generation I am the ultimate caretaker. I cared for my mom until she succumbed to Alzheimer’s at 97. I care for my very young grandchildren, and my home resembles a bustling daycare center! For my husband Rich and I there is nothing more important than family. Then there’s my father-in-law. Dad was living in independent ... »

Independent Health and Brook Expand Patient-Driven Partnership

Independent Health and Brook expand patient-driven partnership Brook Health Companion offers news capabilities to help all Independent Health members take charge of their health BUFFALO, N.Y., November 14, 2018– Independent Health and Brook, a leading digital health platform for chronic disease management, have made it easier for Independent Health members to self-manage their care and make the be... »

Get Out and Move: Tai Chi

By Annette Pinder               This summer I watched a group of people perform tai chi at the Elmwood art festival. Completely synchronized with one another, they were engaged in a slow and gentle silent dance. Often referred to as a “meditation in motion,” I had heard that tai chi was good for you and decided to find out why. I enrolled in a beginner class at t... »

The Brain-Body Connection–How Neurofeedback Helps

By Shannon Traphagen “Life presents us with a variety of challenges, emotional and physical that impact the brain-body connection. It’s all interconnected.” Dr. Kathy Calabrese, a licensed family and marriage therapist, received her PH.D. from the University at Buffalo before becoming certified in neurofeedback therapy from the Biofeedback/Neurofeedback Certification Internationa... »

Annual Dental Visits are Important!

Annual dental visits are as important to overall health as regular wellness visits Thirty percent of Western New York adults did not visit a dentist within the past year, according to the results of a new survey commissioned by Univera Healthcare. “The lack of annual routine dental care by such a large segment of the population is surprising, because 78 percent of respondents report having a regul... »

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... »

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