Take a trek on the Buffalo Wing Trail

Fans of Buffalo’s fiery, finger-licking fare have a new reason to make the trip: 12 of the best chicken wing establishments organized into one, easy-to-follow trek.

Visit Buffalo Niagara, the region’s tourism bureau, unveiled this month the Buffalo Wing Trail of a dozen restaurants and bars.

First on the list: the Anchor Bar, 1047 Main St., which is credited with creating the spicy snack back in 1964, when owner Teressa Bellissimo took wings originally intended for a soup, fried them, tossed them in hot sauce and served them to her son and his friends.

Visit Buffalo Niagara polled its 86,000 followers on Facebook to create an initial list of the top wing restaurants in Western New York. The bureau’s staff also reviewed stories in local media, checked online reviews and consulted with National Buffalo Wing Festival founder Drew Cerza (who also runs Akron’s Hamburger Fest) to determine the final list.

— Susan Glaser

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Hints from Heloise

Auto interior wipes work as shoe polish

John B. in Fort Wayne, Ind., writes: While getting ready to go out, I found I had no shoe polish. My solution was to use auto interior wipes that give a shine to the dashboard. Works great on any surface when you need a shine.

Mary H. in Arlington, Va., writes: After I bring the mail or packages into the house and open them, I wash my hands. Many people’s dirty hands touch the mail and packages before I open them.

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Facts and figures of opioid prescriptions

Nearly a third of patients responding to a Mayo Clinic survey said they used none of the opioids they were prescribed after surgery. The research findings, presented April 19 at the American Surgical Association annual meeting, also show that only about 8 percent of patients disposed of their remaining opioids.

They also found:

• At discharge, 92 percent of patients received an opioid prescription.

• Of the opioids prescribed, 63 percent went unused.

• Ninety percent of patients were satisfied with their pain control.

• Twenty-eight percent said they were prescribed too many opioids, while 8 percent said they were prescribed too few.

• The median amount of opioids consumed per patient equaled about six pills of 5-milligram oxycodone.

• The number of opioids patients needed varied significantly depending on the type of surgery.

— Mayo Clinic

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