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Judge rejects Ebola quarantine for nurse
31 Oct 2014 at 10:59am
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) ? A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in their bid to restrict her movements as a precaution against Ebola.
Judge eases limits on U.S. nurse who treated Ebola patients
31 Oct 2014 at 10:59am
By Joel Page FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) - A Maine judge on Friday imposed limited restrictions on an American nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and rejected a bid by state officials for more stringent measures. The confrontation between Kaci Hickox and officials in the state of Maine has become the focal point of a dispute pitting several U.S. states opting for strict quarantines against the federal government, which opposes such measures. ...
Ebola death toll rises, fewer cases in Guinea than thought: WHO
31 Oct 2014 at 10:57am
GENEVA (Reuters) - The Ebola epidemic has killed 4,951 people out of 13,567 infected in eight countries, the World Health Organization said on Friday, slightly revising downwards its figures for cases mainly due to "suspected cases in Guinea being discarded". The toll reflects a rise of 31 deaths since the United Nations agency reported its previous figures on Wednesday, while the number of overall cases fell by 136. ...
Routines most vital in avoiding Ebola infection: WHO
31 Oct 2014 at 10:47am
Meticulously following stringent routines when putting on and removing protective equipment is more important than the kind of gear health care workers use to ward off Ebola infection, the World Health Organization said Friday. "The choice of (protective equipment) is much less important than the way it is used," said Edward Kelley, head of service delivery and safety at WHO. Presenting updated WHO guidelines on the use of personal protective equipment, or PPE, he said health care workers contracting Ebola on the job were not doing so because they made the wrong choice of gear. "It's the way that PPE has been put on and taken off," he told reporters, stressing the importance of in-depth training and clear systems in which health care workers always have a colleague watching and guiding their dressing and undressing.
Judge's rejection of nurse quarantine 'unfortunate': Maine governor
31 Oct 2014 at 10:43am
(Reuters) - Maine Governor Paul LePage said on Friday it was unfortunate that a judge rejected the state's attempts to impose a strict quarantine on an American nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa, but said he will abide by the ruling. The ruling appeared to end a stand-off between the state and the nurse, Kaci Hickox, who had defied officials by leaving her house and going for a bike ride. "The judge has eased restrictions with this ruling. And I believe it is unfortunate," LePage said in a statement. "However, the state will abide by law." (Reporting by Jonathan Allen)
AbbVie says strong results lessen need for big deal
31 Oct 2014 at 10:36am
By Ransdell Pierson (Reuters) - AbbVie, which this month abandoned its planned $55 billion purchase of Dublin drugmaker Shire , reported impressive quarterly earnings on demand for its Humira arthritis drug and said it could deliver strong long-term growth without rushing into another big merger attempt. "The underlying growth prospects of AbbVie don't require us to do a deal of that size," AbbVie Chief Executive Richard Gonzalez said in conference call, but added the company was keen on smaller acquisitions, particularly of treatments involving rare diseases, cancer and hepatology. ...
Medicare paid for meds after patients were dead
31 Oct 2014 at 10:35am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Call it drugs for the departed: A quirky bureaucratic rule led Medicare's prescription drug program to pay for costly medications even after the patients were dead.
Judge imposes conditions on Maine nurse, rejects stricter measures: lawyer
31 Oct 2014 at 10:08am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Maine judge imposed certain conditions on an American nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but rejected a bid from state officials for more restrictive measures, her lawyer told Reuters. Charles LaVerdiere, chief judge of Maine District Court, on Thursday had earlier instructed Kaci Hickox to avoid "public places" like shopping centers and to maintain a three-foot distance from others at the state's request, hours after she defied officials and went for a bike ride. ...
No Quarantine for Kaci Hickox While She Awaits Hearing, Judge Rules
31 Oct 2014 at 9:59am
Temporary court order prohibits her from public places.
Mali Ebola victim had contact with 141 people, 57 still sought
31 Oct 2014 at 9:48am
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - A 2-year-old girl who brought Ebola to Mali may have had contact with as many as 141 people, 57 of whom have yet to be traced, according to health experts concerned the disease could spread in Mali and beyond. Two people known to have had contact with the girl were suspected of having the disease, according to a slide presentation by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control seen by Reuters on Friday. One of the two had not been tested and the other had been tested but with no result yet known. ...
U.S. envoy to U.N. defends Ebola guidelines; praises airlines
31 Oct 2014 at 9:42am
By Louis Charbonneau and Bill Berkrot NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power on Friday defended federal guidelines for monitoring health workers returning from three Ebola-stricken West African countries and praised the airlines still flying there. Amid controversy in the United States over some states ordering 21-day quarantines for nurses and doctors returning home after treating Ebola patients, Power said current federal rules balanced "the need to respond to the fears that this has generated" with the known science on the disease. ...
Flu or Ebola? US hospitals prepare for a confusing season
31 Oct 2014 at 9:40am
After weeks of Ebola panic, false alarms and quibbles over quarantine in the United States, health authorities are bracing for a new battle: flu season. The end of October marks the start of influenza season, bringing with it the predictable sniffles, sneezes, fever and aches that can extend well into the spring months. First is the Ebola epidemic in West Africa that spilled into the United States when a Liberian man traveled to Texas in September and infected two nurses who helped care for him. The prospect of facing all three illnesses in a single season has led the CDC to start a public education campaign to help people understand the risks, and to remind people to get their annual flu vaccine.
Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis
31 Oct 2014 at 8:54am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) ? The head of Africa's continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week ? months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later.
On Denton's Upcoming Referendum for a Fracking Ban
31 Oct 2014 at 8:50am
By: Najmedin Meshkati, Nima Jabbari, Jamie Heinecke, and Cyrus Ashayeri As we all know, on November 4 there will be a referendum on a fracking ban in Denton, TX. Regardless of the outcome, the impact of this unprecedented grassroots movement will transcend well beyond Denton's city limits and affect the future of the entire oil and gas fracking...
Staying Lean This Halloween
31 Oct 2014 at 8:47am
It's that time of year when tricks and treats seem to find their way into your pantry, much to the dismay of your weight loss and health goals. A bit of nervousness and fear is probably setting in for you've been here before, and although you often start this season off with the best intentions, "THIS year it's going to be different!" or "THIS...