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Maine nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) -- Practically daring Maine health authorities to go to court to have her confined, nurse Kaci Hickox went out on a bike ride Thursday in defiance of the state's voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients....
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Fearing Ebola? Doctors say get a flu shot
CHICAGO (AP) -- Fever? Headache? Muscle aches? Forget about Ebola - chances are astronomically higher that you have the flu or some other common bug....
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FTC sues Gerber over claims on infant formula
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal regulators announced Thursday they were suing Gerber, the well-known baby food maker, for claiming that its Good Start Gentle formula can prevent or reduce allergies in children....
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Terminally ill woman may postpone taking her life
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A 29-year-old terminally ill woman who expects to take her life under Oregon's death-with-dignity law has released a new video, saying she's feeling better and might postpone the day she had planned to die....
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AP IMPACT: If Ebola batters US, we are not ready
The U.S. health care apparatus is so unprepared and short on resources to deal with the deadly Ebola virus that even small clusters of cases could overwhelm parts of the system, according to an Associated Press review of readiness at hospitals and other components of the emergency medical network....
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Wisconsin studies music and memory program
UNION GROVE, Wis. (AP) -- Mike Knutson taught himself to play the harmonica as a child, and the 96-year-old sang with his family for most of his life. Even now, as he suffers from dementia, music is an important part of his life thanks to a study looking at the impact of a nationwide music program aimed at helping dementia patients....
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Ebola fears infect Louisiana medical conference
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Ebola fears have infected a medical conference on the subject. Louisiana state health officials told thousands of doctors planning to attend a tropical diseases meeting this weekend in New Orleans to stay away if they have been to certain African countries or have had contact with an Ebola patient in the last 21 days....
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Ebola: Danger in Sierra Leone, progress in Liberia
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Liberia is making some progress in containing the Ebola outbreak while the crisis in Sierra Leone is going to get worse, the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries said....
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Study: Young people more likely to survive Ebola
Who survives Ebola and why? Health workers treating patients in Sierra Leone, including some who died doing that work, have published the most detailed report yet on medical aspects of the epidemic. The research suggests young people are less likely to perish, fever is the most common symptom when victims first seek care, and early help is crucial....
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Quarantines rarely used, effectiveness questioned
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Spanish flu pandemic a century ago prompted the last large-scale quarantines in this country. Now the Ebola outbreak is raising new questions about whether ordering quarantines is an effective way to fight deadly disease in the U.S....
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