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Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

By Marissa Shorenstein, New York President of AT&T and Anthony Spada, President-CEO, AAA Western and Central New York

When you’re driving and your phone makes that familiar “ding” sound, what do you do? Sadly, that’s a life or death question. Every day, nine Americans die from distracted driving such as texting and checking their phones. In New York State alone, there’s an 840 percent increase in tickets issued for texting while driving since 2011. How come? Because some drivers don’t believe It Can Wait.

It Can Wait is the name of AT&T’s campaign to educate motorists on the dangers of texting while driving. As New Yorkers mark another Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it’s a shame this dangerous behavior continues. Despite the number of crashes, life-altering injuries and preventable fatalities, drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk.

DNA & Paternity, A Child's Perspective With Live Interview

 DNA & Paternity, A Child's Perspective With Live Interview

 

DNA Testing can determine if an adult is the biological parent of a child.

 

The non-invasive procedure involves collecting and examining the DNA [your body contains as many as 100 trillion cells containing DNA or Deoxyribonucleic Acid] of a small sample of bodily fluid or tissue from a child and potential parent. DNA testing can prove biological grandparents, maternity, and siblings.

 

There are various terms associated with DNA Testing such as Paternity Testing, Relationship Testing, DNA Profiling, and Genetic Fingerprinting.

 

Good Posture is Key to Avoiding Common Injuries

Good Posture is Key to Avoiding Common Injuries

Most people think that injuries come from one specific incident, but the truth is a large percentage of injuries occur over a long period of time due to poor posture or repetitive injuries. Good posture is key when trying to avoid these injuries.

Postural injuries can include lower back pain, hip pain, shoulder impingement, neck and arm pain, elbow tendonitis, carpal tunnel and more.

Wellness Council of America Recognizes Lawley as a “Well Workplace”

Buffalo, N.Y. (April 14, 2016) – Lawley, a Top 100 independent insurance broker in the United States according to Business Insurance, was recently announced as a recipient of the Wellness Council of America’s (WELCOA) “Well Workplace” award. Lawley is one of nine companies in the U.S. to receive the award, which recognizes companies taking responsibility for maximizing the health and wellness of its employees.

 

Loss of a child to addiction disrupts natural order

When a couple make the decision to have a child, a natural plan begins to fall into place. With great anticipation they wait for that happy plan to become reality — birthdays, elementary school, high school, college, marriage and eventually grandchildren. Never does that plan include the devastating loss of a child due to addiction.

Day after day we hear about opiate-related deaths in our region and across the country.  Children are dying outside of the “natural order,” and when it occurs it sends people into a tailspin. We’re just not supposed to outlive our children. 

While there is really no “getting over” such a loss, you can begin to integrate it into your life. It’s important to understand that grief is a long journey and finding normalcy takes time. You don't wake up one day and everything's good again.

Keep the Streets Safe this St. Patrick’s Day: Don’t Drink and Drive!

Keep the Streets Safe this St. Patrick’s Day: Don’t Drink and Drive!

With fun parades, a large Irish community and no shortage of pubs in which to celebrate, St. Patrick’s Day is a huge event in Buffalo and Western New York. But when excessive alcohol becomes part of the equation, St. Patrick’s Day can quickly turn tragic.

As one of the country’s most popular holidays, St. Patrick’s Day has long celebrated the roots of 34.2 million Americans with Irish ancestry, and many more who just want to partake in the festivities. However, did you know that in 2014 there were 18 people killed in drunk-driving crashes on St. Paddy’s Day? This year, if you’ll be drinking alcohol, remember: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving!

Grateful patient leaves $2.3 million to Kenmore Mercy Hospital

Grateful patient leaves $2.3 million to Kenmore Mercy Hospital

During the season of giving, it is often the gifts we least expect that can have the most meaning.

The Kenmore Mercy Foundation received a special gift this Christmas from a grateful patient who has left a lasting legacy to Kenmore Mercy Hospital for years to come. The local resident, John M. Repetski, left a $2.3 million bequest to benefit the hospital. It is the largest gift from an individual donor in the hospital’s 65-year history. 

While the significant size of the bequest astonished hospital officials, receiving a gift from this donor, who had contributed to Kenmore Mercy in the past, did not. The foundation staff knew Mr. Repetski for more than five years, and had forged a strong relationship built on his deep Catholic faith and ties to the local community.