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Eye Exam Recommended Before the Start of the New School Year

Eye Exam Recommended Before the Start of the New School Year

 

Summer is passing by at a rapid pace, and before you know it moms and dads across Western New York will be heading out to purchase school supplies and new clothing for the upcoming 2014-15 school year. But have you given any thought to having your child’s vision tested before he or she heads back to the classroom?

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, children should receive an eye evaluation once before the age of 3 and every one to two years until the age of 19. 

Catholic Charities WIC to Host Breastfeeding Walk, Healthy Baby Festival Aug. 8 in Erie County

Catholic Charities WIC to Host Breastfeeding Walk, Healthy Baby Festival Aug. 8 in Erie County

Anyone in support of a healthy start for babies or who would like to learn more about breastfeeding – are urged to participate in Catholic Charities free Breastfeeding Walk and Healthy Baby Festival on Aug. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Delaware Park at the entrance of Colvin Avenue and Amherst Street.  

Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program, which serves all of Erie and Niagara counties, is hosting the event to raise awareness of the benefits and significance of breastfeeding. The walk, in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week taking place Aug. 1-7 in more than 170 countries worldwide, is also designed to create community support to friends, family and others who are or may be considering breastfeeding, or who have breastfed.

Local public health efforts bolstered by use of health information exchange

Local public health efforts bolstered by use of health information exchange

By leveraging HEALTHeLINK, Western New York’s clinical information exchange, for its epidemiology and disease surveillance, the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is noticing significant improvements in tracking overall public health efforts, specifically as it pertains to sexually transmitted diseases (STD) surveillance, treatment, and prevention.

Western New York MRI & affiliates join HEALTHeLINK

Western New York MRI & affiliates join HEALTHeLINK

HEALTHeLINK today announced that Western New York MRI, LLP and its affiliates (WNYMRI) is the latest independent radiology practice to join Western New York’s clinical information exchange as a data source. With authorized patient consent, the nearly 3,000 physicians who are participating in HEALTHeLINK now have access to radiology reports and diagnostic quality images from WNYMRI.

“More than 85% of the radiology reports generated in Western New York hospitals and independent radiology practices like WNYMRI are now available through HEALTHeLINK,” said Dan Porreca, HEALTHeLINK’s executive director. “By accessing this information via HEALTHeLINK, treating physicians can improve the quality of care they provide by having recent radiology and other test results right at their fingertips. In addition, providers will reduce the number of unnecessary duplicate radiology tests being ordered reducing the amount of radiation exposure for their patients.”

Dispelling Three Myths Can Lead to Better Care for Your Dog

Dispelling Three Myths Can Lead to Better Care for Your Dog

 

(Welcome to our weekly pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Your furry pal is your best friend in the world and there's nothing you wouldn't do for him or her. In fact, many people go above and beyond for their dogs. A recent Western Financial Group study showed that six in 10 individuals always buy their pet a birthday or Christmas present – and nearly one in three consider their dog to be a family member.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists July 5 Highlights

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists July 5 Highlights

 

The popular Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, featuring nearly 40 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local produce and products, continues its 15th season on July 5. A program of the Elmwood Village Association, the market is held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, rain or shine, through Nov. 29. 

Providing musical entertainment on July 5 (weather permitting) will be the Nickel City String Band from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The market also welcomes two community groups this Saturday — KidBiz and Liberty Mutual. 

Make a Designated Driver Part of Your Fourth of July Plans

Make a Designated Driver Part of Your Fourth of July Plans

 

With backyard parties, cookouts and fireworks, the July 4th holiday is a favorite time of year for many Americans. But the celebrating can turn deadly when people drive after drinking alcohol.  

“Impaired driving can turn celebrations into tragedy in an instant,” said Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center Drinking Driver Program. “With July 4th approaching, we’re reminding people of the cost of impaired driving. In 2012, 179 people were killed in crashes over this holiday period. Of those deaths, 44 percent were in crashes that involved alcohol.