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Dallas nurse receives thanks, hug from Obama
24 Oct 2014 at 11:40pm
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) ? A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for a Dallas patient who died of the disease walked out of a Washington-area hospital virus-free Friday and into open arms.
Two U.S. states to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola zones
24 Oct 2014 at 7:31pm
By Ellen Wulfhorst and David Morgan NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York and New Jersey will automatically quarantine medical workers returning from Ebola-hit West African countries and the U.S. government is considering the same step after a doctor who treated patients in Guinea came back infected, officials said on Friday. The steps announced by the two states, which go beyond the current restrictions being imposed by President Barack Obama's administration on travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, came as medical detectives tried to retrace the steps in New York City of Dr. ...
Rules for returning Ebola health workers need coordination: U.S. official
24 Oct 2014 at 7:03pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Obama administration officials met on Friday morning to discuss potential new rules for healthcare workers returning to the United States after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, but they want any measures to be coordinated, a senior official said. "We will not hesitate to take any action that we feel has the potential to fortify us against additional imported Ebola cases," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. ...
NY, NJ order Ebola quarantine for doctors, others
24 Oct 2014 at 7:02pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) says a team of disease detectives tracking the movements of a New York City doctor diagnosed with Ebola will soon detail their findings.
Two US states order tough Ebola quarantine rules
24 Oct 2014 at 6:53pm
New York and New Jersey ordered mandatory quarantine for medics who treated victims of Ebola in West Africa, after the deadly virus spread to America's largest city. The new measures were ordered by state governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie the day after an American doctor tested positive for Ebola one week after returning from working in hard-hit Guinea. Craig Spencer, 33, was in stable condition in isolation at Bellevue Hospital Center on Friday as he underwent treatment for the illness, which has killed nearly 4,900 people -- most of them in West Africa.
At least four dead in escape bid at Dominican Republic jail
24 Oct 2014 at 5:30pm
By Manuel Jimenez SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - At least four prisoners were killed and nine others wounded, including two guards, after an attempted mass escape at a prison in the southern Dominican Republic, officials said on Friday. Guards opened fire on inmates at the Najayo jail in San Cristobal, about 22 miles (35 km) south of Santo Domingo, after the prison was attacked by armed men in a black SUV, according to law enforcement and prison officials in the Caribbean nation. No prisoners managed to escape, prison officials said. ...
Rollins, Konerko named Clemente Award winners
24 Oct 2014 at 5:20pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Former Chicago White Sox player Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies were named co-winners of the Roberto Clemente Award on Friday for their community work. "Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins are two of baseball's great ambassadors and have long distinguished themselves as leaders both on the field and in their communities," said Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said. "Their commitment to making a difference in the lives of children is a wonderful reflection of the legacy Roberto Clemente has left on our game and in society. ...
Baseball-Rollins, Konerko named Clemente Award winners
24 Oct 2014 at 5:13pm
Former Chicago White Sox player Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies were named co-winners of the Roberto Clemente Award on Friday for their community work. "Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins are two of baseball's great ambassadors and have long distinguished themselves as leaders both on the field and in their communities," said Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said. "Their commitment to making a difference in the lives of children is a wonderful reflection of the legacy Roberto Clemente has left on our game and in society." Both have been heavily involved in helping children. Konerko, who retired this season, founded the Bring Me Home Campaign in 2007 with former teammate Jim Thome and their respective wives, and have raised nearly $500,000 for school supplies and back-to-school clothing.
Therapists missed Newtown gunman's rage as a teenager: report
24 Oct 2014 at 4:47pm
By Richard Weizel HARTFORD Conn. (Reuters) - The extent of Newtown school shooter Adam Lanza's growing rage, isolation and delusions when he was a teenager were apparently overlooked by his mother, psychiatrists and counselors, according to a report expected to be issued next month. The report found that Lanza, who gunned down 20 children and six educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly two years ago, did not have to become a violent adult, Scott Jackson, chairman of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, said on Friday. ...
Mali's first Ebola case, a two-year-old girl, dies: officials
24 Oct 2014 at 4:15pm
By Adama Diarra and Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - A two-year-old girl who was Mali's first case of Ebola died on Friday, shortly after the World Health Organization warned that many people had potentially been exposed to the virus because she was taken across the country while ill. The girl had traveled with her grandmother hundreds of kilometers by bus from Guinea via Mali's capital to the western town of Kayes, where she was diagnosed on Thursday. Health workers were scrambling to trace hundreds of potential contacts in a bid to prevent Ebola taking hold in Mali. ...
NY doctor with Ebola a serious student with funny side, friends say
24 Oct 2014 at 4:01pm
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - The young doctor diagnosed with Ebola in New York City is a big-hearted man with a serious interest in international emergency medicine and a flair for languages, yet his friends call him "a goofball." Craig Spencer, originally from the Detroit area, has specialized in International Emergency Medicine at the highly respected Columbia University-New York Presbyterian Hospital since 2011, according to his online LinkedIn resume. ...
New York City to check daily with people returning from West Africa
24 Oct 2014 at 3:30pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's health department will actively monitor anyone who arrives in the city from one of the three West African countries affected by Ebola, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference on Friday. He said health officials would make daily checks on those people, typically by telephone, for 21 days after their return to make sure they are not displaying Ebola symptoms, in keeping with new protocols by the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention. (Reporting by Frank McGurty; Editing by James Dalgleish)
CDC guidelines 'insufficient' for New York population density: Cuomo
24 Oct 2014 at 3:30pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal guidelines for screening and monitoring travelers from Ebola-affected countries are "insufficient" for the New York City region with its extreme population density, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday. As part of stepped up measures to prevent the disease from spreading in the New York area, all medical workers traveling from the three most affected West African countries and arriving at airports in the New York area will face automatic quarantine for 21 days, Cuomo said at a joint press conference with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. ...
U.S. military starts training its Ebola rapid-response team
24 Oct 2014 at 3:16pm
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - As health officials were trying to manage a patient infected with Ebola in New York, U.S. military personnel in Texas were in the first stages of training a new rapid-response team that could head to hospitals the next time an outbreak occurs. The 30-member U.S. Military Ebola Rapid Response Team assembled at the Army's San Antonio Military Medical Center on Wednesday and consists of five physicians, 20 nurses and five certified trainers. The group will supervise treatment and help hospitals deal with the intricacies of treating Ebola. ...
Lantern gets early funding for mental health therapy app
24 Oct 2014 at 3:12pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Lantern, a technology startup that offers online and mobile coaching programs to support mental health, has won early backing for its service. Executives at the 2-year-old startup said on Friday it has raised $4.4 million from investors led by Silicon Valley-based venture firm Mayfield, with seed funding from SoftTechVC. Facebook Inc Chief Product Officer Chris Cox is serving as an advisor. ...