Falling Doesn’t Have to be Part of the Aging Process

By Peter Kates Is someone in your family at risk for a fall?  Is it you?   More than one in four older adults in the U.S. report falling each year, according to the CDC, which translates to about 36 million falls. One out of five of those

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A Mid-Year Reboot of Lapsed Resolutions

by Peter B. Kates Most New Year’s resolutions fell by the wayside back in February, according to studies that show an 80-percent failure rate by the second month of the year. Now, at the midpoint of 2021, is a good time to revisit the life changes you

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Univera Healthcare A Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion

Univera Healthcare Named to the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion ® The Rochester-based health plan that includes Univera Healthcare in Western New York is pleased to be named to the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion after receiving a top score of 100 percent on the

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I’m Young. Do I Really Need to Get Vaccinated? COVID-19 vaccine – Ask the Expert

Younger people who fall between the ages of 18 and 34 might wonder, “What’s the point of getting vaccinated?” After all, most cases of COVID-19 in younger people are not severe. And, since the vaccines were created so quickly and long-term studies do not exist, are there

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Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe for Children

Ask the Expert: Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe for Children? Dr. Lorna Fitzpatrick, pediatrician and Univera Healthcare Vice President of Medical Affairs has answers. Q: Dr. Fitzpatrick, children are unlikely to have a severe case of COVID-19. Why should they get vaccinated? Although most children will not get

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Improving Lives on Buffalo’s East Side

by Peter Kates The Bailey Green neighborhood is located on Buffalo’s East Side. It is bordered by Bailey Avenue, the Kensington Expressway, Genesee, and Colorado Streets. It is a neighborhood that has faced considerable challenges for decades. In 2008, Harmac Medical Products, a company located in Bailey

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Give Your Gas Grill a Safety Check Before You Fire it Up

With Mother’s Day gatherings and Memorial Day weekend approaching, and Father’s Day picnics and backyard graduation parties soon to follow, grilling season is officially here. In addition to practicing safe social distancing, you’ll also want to practice safe operation of your gas grill. Sixty-one percent of U.S.

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I’ve Gotten My COVID-19 Vaccine, Now What?

Univera Healthcare Vice President for Medical Affairs, Lorna Fitzpatrick, M.D., has some answers.   Dr. Fitzpatrick, once a person is fully vaccinated, can they stop wearing their mask? Not yet. The vaccines are highly effective, but we’re still learning how long they can protect people. So, until

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