Huntington’s Disease

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Huntington’s disease is a progressive, degenerative, neurological condition that affects about 30,000 Americans. A genetic condition, individuals need to inherit just one copy of the defective gene from either parent to produce the disease. Patients typically develop symptoms between the ages of 35 and 50. Younger patients often experience more severe symptoms and more rapid progression. As the disease progresses, nerve cells in the brain deteriorate. Death occurs between 10 and 30 years after the onset of symptoms. Huntington’s symptoms include a wider gait, speech disturbances, involuntary jerking of various body parts, clumsiness, moodiness or paranoia, and compromised cognitive skills. Treatment is aimed at managing these symptoms with medication and speech therapy. Some patients require long-term care as Huntington’s progresses.

P.S. There is currently no cure for Huntington’s disease.

Food as Medicine- Multiple Presentations

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Dr. Sadiq, President and CEO of WNY Medical, will be giving six presentations in the greater Buffalo on the following dates:

Wed., October 9 at 1 PM – Cheektowaga Senior Center
Tuesday, October 28 at 1 PM – Orchard Park Senior Center
Monday, November 4 at 1:30 PM – Clarence Senior Center
Friday, November 15 at 2 PM – Baptist Manor
Wednesday, November 20 at 8 PM – Canterbury Woods
Thursday, November 21 at 12:45 PM – Amherst Senior Center

Healthy Aging Seminar

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October 11th, 2013-Presentation with Dr. Sadiq of Western New York Medical. 1-2pm at Concord Town Hall Auditorium 86 Franklin Street Springville NY 14141.

Introducing Psychiatric Services

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Psychiatric Services Now Available!

WNY Medical, PC is pleased to announce that we are starting psychiatric services for our patients. This new service is available at 4985 Harlem Road, Amherst, NY 14226 formerly the location of Niagara Frontier Psychiatric Services and right next door to our Amherst Office (4979 Harlem Road).

Joining WNY Medical, PC as part of our psychiatric division are:

  • M. Sadiqur Rahman, MD
  • Rashida Khanam, MD
  • Vinayak S. Gokhale, MD
  • Ramesh Konakanchi, MD
  • Mohammed Saeed, MD
  • Faye Taber, NP
  • William Bermingham, LCSWR


Please call (716) 839-0500 to schedule your appointment with the following providers. We are also accepting new patients.

“Good for You” Audio Broadcast

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This is a great discussion about many issues facing baby boomers these days: eating well, gaining weight, mobility, exercising and staying social.  Our very own, Dr. Riffat Sadiq, was featured as a commentator.  She offers great insight into this discussion of what it means to be a senior.   She states at one point that as we get older, we trade arthritis for wisdom.  This is an interesting discussion.  Feel free to take a few minutes to listen to it.

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Tonawanda Location Merges with Harlem

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The Tonawanda location of WNY Medical has recently merged with the Harlem Office.  Tonawanda patients can schedule appointments at any of the seven WNY Medical locations or if they’d prefer, Dr. Joe at 15 Northland Avenue, is accepting walk-ins on Tuesdays or Fridays.  We are excited to extend our competent, compassionate and courteous service to all our patients.

Treatment for Arthritis

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Millions of Americans suffer from arthritis. Did you know that there are a many types of arthritis? The more common forms we hear about are rheumatoid and osteoarthritis but there is a variety of arthritic conditions that not commonly discussed.

As the weather gets cooler or we overdo our activities we may think we just have common aches and pains but it could very well be arthritis. There are many causes of arthritis from family history to foods and from allergies to immune disorders. Common symptoms of arthritis can include inflammation, swelling, and stiffness of joints. Some types of arthritis can cause deformity of joints and others can cause fatigue and pain. To determine whether your aches and pains are simply from over activity or are caused by something more serious a doctor visit is necessary to properly diagnose the cause of your discomfort and recommend treatment. Visit the friendly, professional staff of physicians at WNY Medical, PC located at 4979 Harlem Road in Amherst. For an appointment call 923-4389. Don’t put off taking care of those aches and pains any longer. Feel the best that you can so you can get out there and enjoy the beautiful autumn foliage.

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Diane Woolverton

The Women of WNY Medical, PC

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It is not often that you find a doctor’s office staffed and run all by women. WNY Medical is one of those rare offices. Dr. Riffat Sadiq, president of WNY Medical, PC is an Internist and Geriatrician. Educated at Fatima Jinna Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan, Dr. Sadiq fulfilled her residency and post graduate education at the University of Buffalo. Dr. Sadiq is a not only a dedicated professional at WNY Medical, but is also Director of Medical Services at the Community Health Center of Buffalo, President of the Geriatrician Associates Services, and Director of Acute Geriatric Services at ECMC.

Dr. Linda Benjamin is a Physician at WNY Medical, PC. She is also assisted by Physician Assistants Amy Munroe, Kara Woods, Allyson Kirk, Vanessa Santiago, and Debbie Longbine. The woman who operates and keeps the office running at maximum efficiency is Robin Nacca. WNY Medical, PC is a highly organized, professional, and very caring doctor’s office. If you are looking for an office with compassion and heart, contact the secretary, Joanne Wiskup for an appointment at 923-4380, or stop in to the office located at 4979 Harlem Rd. in Amherst.

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Diane Woolverton

Preventing Falls in the Elderly

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The well-known phrase, “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” is an unfortunate reality for many elderly men and women. One out of every three Americans over the age of 65 fall at least once a year suffering injuries such as bone fractures, joint dislocation, and other serious trauma. Nearly one-half of those who do incur a serious injury never fully recover making falls one of the most substantial health threats facing older Americans. For the geriatric population, that is a frightening statistic.

Why do the elderly fall? Our immediate response would be to think that most of these accidents occur as a result of unsafe areas in the home, but research has shown that most of these types of accidents have less to do with whether we have our rugs safely tacked down and more to do with our health. Surprisingly, most falling accidents occur as a result of weak leg muscles, poor vision, and prescription medication that affect balance.

There are a few things we can do to help prevent falling: remain active, focus on leg-strengthening exercises, eat calcium-rich foods, or invest in Tai-Chi classes that will help increase strength and balance. For further information on what you can do to protect yourself contact Dr. Riffat Sadiq, a geriatrician at WNY Medical PC, located at 4979 Harlem Road in Amherst. For an appointment call 923-4380.

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Diane Woolverton

Now is the Time to Exercise Your Brain

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With spring in full swing and summer right around the corner now is the time to not only exercise our bodies but also our brains. Healthy eating is beneficial to both the body and the brain. All the refreshing fruits and vegetables are back in season and not just bursting with flavor but Omega 3s and other nutrients vital to brain health. Getting outdoors, and participating in leisurely activities like gardening, walking, and bike riding can send oxygen-rich blood to our brain energizing all those brain cells. Even taking an outdoor yoga class at the park or taking in the sights and sounds of a concert or festival can all help relieve brain stress, improve mood, and rejuvenate our brain power.

Remember that before undertaking any new activities or change in diet consult with a medical professional. The medical staff at Western New York Medical, PC can also recommend other options to strengthen our mental muscle including assessing medications, sleep habits, and overall general health. The highly skilled medical staff can also offer dietary advice to improve the power and strength of your brain. To schedule your summer check-up contact WNY Medical, PC at 923-4380. WNY Medical, PC is located at 4979 Harlem Road in Amherst. Keep your body, and your brain fit.

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Diane Woolverton