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Food deliveries in Sierra Leone to fight Ebola

In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct, 15, 2014 people from a community affected by Ebola virus receive food aid from World Food program in Monrovia, Liberia. The U.N.’s World Food Program is also delivering emergency food rations to 265,000 people in Sierra Leone’s capital to help fight the spread of Ebola. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — The U.N.'s World Food Program on Saturday delivered emergency food rations to 265,000 people, many of them quarantined in Sierra Leone, to help fight the spread of Ebola.

WHO won't discuss Ebola mistakes document

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2014, file photo a MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres) nurse gets prepared with Personal Protection Equipment before entering a high risk zone of MSF's Ebola isolation and treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization said Saturday that it wouldn't explain details contained in an internal document obtained by The Associated Press in which the U.N. health agency said it fumbled early attempts to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Gay-rights group backs use of HIV-prevention pill
 NEW YORK (AP) — The largest U.S. gay-rights organization Saturday endorsed efforts to promote the use of a once-a-day pill to prevent HIV infection and called on insurers to provide more generous coverage of the drug.

Obama to seek more funds to fight Ebola: Bloomberg
 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is preparing to ask Congress for additional funding to fight the Ebola virus, Bloomberg reported on Saturday, citing White House and congressional officials. Obama could make the request as early as next week, the congressional official told Bloomberg. Both officials declined to say how much additional funding Obama would seek, the report said. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Friday that Obama had not made any decisions about whether additional resources were necessary. The U.S. ...

Sick woman at Dallas train station not on Ebola watchlist: official

Health workers in protection suits wait in the corridor near a quarantine ward during a drill to demonstrate the procedures of handling Ebola victims, at a hospital in Guangzhou(Reuters) - A Dallas bus and train station was closed on Saturday after a report that a woman fell ill at the facility, but the transit authority denied an earlier report that the woman had been on a watchlist for possible exposure to Ebola. The woman exited a northbound train at the White Rock Station and vomited, leading the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system to close the station as a precaution. "The person being treated by Dallas Fire Rescue at White Rock Station is NOT on any Ebola watchlist," Morgan Lyons, a DART spokeswoman, wrote in an email. ...

Carnival cruise ship returning to dock in Texas after Ebola concern

Tourists enjoy a ride on a catamaran as cruise ship Carnival Magic is seen near the shores of CozumelBy Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) - The Carnival Magic cruise ship was en route back to the United States on Saturday with a passenger from Texas who might have handled specimens of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States but is considered at low risk, a company spokeswoman said. The Dallas health care worker, who is said to have no symptoms and according to standards from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is at the end of the 21-day maximum incubation window for Ebola, had voluntarily gone into isolation along with a companion aboard the ship. ...

Prosecutors rule out sons of NJ hospital CEO as suspects in arson death
 (Reuters) - Prosecutors say they have ruled out as arson suspects the four sons of a New Jersey hospital chief executive found dead in a house fire last month, but the investigation is still underway. John Sheridan Jr., 72, the CEO and president of Cooper University Health System, and his wife Joyce, 69, were found dead Sept. 28 in the master bedroom of their Montgomery Township home. ...

Americans 'can't give in to hysteria or fear' over Ebola: Obama

Obama pauses as he talks next to U.S. Secretary of HHS Burwell and Director of the CDC Frieden after meeting with his team coordinating the government's Ebola response in the Oval Office of the White House in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States but more than 100 people being monitored in case they contract the disease, President Barack Obama urged Americans on Saturday not to give in to "hysteria" about the spread of the virus. As though to illustrate his point, a Dallas bus and train station was closed on Saturday afternoon over concern about a woman who fell ill. The woman was first reported to be on the checklist for possible Ebola exposure, but then turned out not to be on any such list. ...

Ebola lapses persisted for days at Dallas hospital

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, a sign points to the emergency room entrance at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where U.S. Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was being treated, in Dallas. Duncan's records show that for days after he was admitted for Ebola, his caregivers were vulnerable to the deadly virus. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)DALLAS (AP) — Just minutes after Thomas Eric Duncan arrived for a second time at the emergency room, the word is on his chart: "Ebola." But despite all the warnings that the deadly virus could arrive unannounced at an American hospital, for days after the admission, his caregivers are vulnerable.

Egg freezing: controversial new benefit in the US workplace

Free meals, four months of maternity leave and now egg-freezing: Facebook's latest gift to its employees has rekindled debate on the role of women in the companyWashington (AFP) - Free meals, four months of maternity leave and now egg-freezing: Facebook's latest gift to its employees has rekindled debate on the role of women in the company.

Ebola monitoring inconsistent as virus spread

This Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Dallas, photographs shows an excerpt from a Texas Department of State Health Services document that healthcare workers with possible exposure to Ebola are being asked to sign. The document is signed by David L. Lakey, M.D., Commissioner, TDSHS. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS (AP) — The top administrator in Dallas County rushed to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital this week responding to urgent news: One of its nurses had caught Ebola from a patient. He quickly asked for the hospital's watch list to find out who else might be at risk.

5 Things You'll Probably Do Wrong Shoveling Snow This Winter

5 Things You'll Probably Do Wrong Shoveling Snow This WinterWinter will be here before we know it, and in some parts of the country, that means snow is coming. With snow comes snow shoveling injuries, many of which are avoidable. Approximately 11,500 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries that happened while shoveling or removing ice and snow manually. More serious dangers resulting...

Former 'American Idol' contestant Joanne Borgella dies at 32
 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Singer and model Joanne Borgella, who competed on "American Idol" in 2008, died on Saturday at age 32 after a battle with cancer, her family said on her Facebook page. "With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Joanne," the family said in a statement, which did not say where Borgella had died. The Long Island, New York-born Borgella made it to the top 24 on "American Idol" in 2008, three years after she appeared on reality series "Mo'Nique's Fat Chance" and won its contest to find the ideal plus-sized model. ...

Watch: Ebola Survivor Pleads for Focus to Shift to West Africa
 ABC News chief medical editor Dr. Richard Besser talks with former Ebola patient Dr. Kent Brantly.

GSK says Ebola vaccine development progressing at "unprecedented rate"

A British Airways airplane flies past a signage for pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKlein in LondonLONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biggest drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline said on Saturday work to develop a vaccine to combat Ebola, which has killed thousands in West Africa, was moving at a rapid pace. "Development of the vaccine candidate is progressing at an unprecedented rate, with first phase 1 safety trials with the vaccine candidate underway in the USA, UK and Mali, and further trials due to start in the coming weeks," the firm said in a statement posted on its website. ...

Canada to ship experimental Ebola vaccine to WHO
 (Reuters) - The Canadian government will ship 800 vials of its experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization in Geneva beginning on Monday, the Public Health Agency of Canada said on Saturday. The WHO, in consultation with health authorities in the countries most affected by the outbreak of the disease, will decide on how the vaccine will be distributed and used, the agency said in a statement. The vaccine is undergoing clinical trials at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in the United States, it said.

Nigeria expected to be declared Ebola-free

Nigerian health officials takes the body temperature of an Ukrainian worker on the MV Pintail cargo ship, as they check for signs of the Ebola virus at the Apapa Sea Port, in Lagos on September 29, 2014Lagos (AFP) - Nigeria is expected to be declared Ebola-free on Monday, just three months after fears that the virus could spread like wildfire through Africa's most populous nation.

U.S. hospitals gird for Ebola panic as flu season looms
 By Bill Berkrot and Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK (Reuters) - A young woman complaining of abdominal pain and nausea who had traveled to Africa arrived at a Long Island hospital fearful that she had contracted Ebola. She did not have the virus, but the pregnancy test was positive. The woman had been to South Africa, more than 3,400 miles (5,400 km) from the three West African countries enduring the worst Ebola outbreak on record, and the trip ended six weeks prior, or twice the potential incubation period for Ebola infection. "It tells you how ready for panic we can get ourselves," said Dr. ...

Liberian leader say Ebola risks 'lost generation', urges action

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf speaks to villagers about Ebola virus precautions outside GantaDAKAR (Reuters) - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa risks unleashing an economic catastrophe that will leave a "lost generation" of young West Africans, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Sunday, urging stronger international action. The worst epidemic on record of the deadly virus has now killed more than 4,500 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Eight people have also died in Nigeria and cases have been reported in the United States and Spain. ...

Texas lab worker tests negative for Ebola after cruise in isolation
 By Erwin Seba GALVESTON Texas (Reuters) - A Dallas hospital lab worker who spent much of a cruise holiday in isolation after possible exposure to Ebola, has tested negative for the disease, Carnival Cruise Lines said on Sunday. The Carnival Magic arrived on Sunday in the port of Galveston, Texas after a week-long trip that included being denied docking by Belize and Mexico because of the presence of the woman on board. The woman works at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where a Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, was treated for Ebola. ...

Spain gives US go-ahead to use bases against Ebola
 MADRID (AP) — Spain has agreed to allow the U.S. to use two military bases in the southwest of the country to support its efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Watch: Cruise Ship Returns With Passenger Monitored for Ebola
 Lab technician connected to the treatment of Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan.

For many journalists Ebola's invisible threat scarier than war

Liberian health workers wear protective gear at an Ebola treatment centre in Monrovia, on October 18, 2014Paris (AFP) - You can't see shells falling, guns pointed or identify the bad guys: for many journalists the invisible threat of Ebola is more unnerving than covering a war.

Dallas officials urge calm in city on edge over Ebola

Workers wearing hazardous material suits arrive at the apartment unit where a man diagnosed with the Ebola virus was staying in DallasBy Anna Driver DALLAS (Reuters) - Texas officials are still working to contain the public's fear of Ebola even as dozens of people who may have had contact with a Liberian man who died from the virus are soon expected to be released from a 21-day monitoring period. There have been no new cases since two nurses who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan contracted Ebola. But one traveled on a plane shortly before her diagnosis, sparking worry that fellow airline passengers could be infected. ...

German minister: EU should consider Ebola mission

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, left, talk during a meeting of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister has suggested that the European Union could send a civilian mission to West Africa to help combat the Ebola outbreak.

UK nurse back in Sierra Leone after Ebola recovery
 LONDON (AP) — A British nurse who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone has returned to the country after treatment in London.

Ebola: Africa's image takes a hit

FILE : In this Saturday, Oct. 18, file photo a burial team in protective gear bury the body of a woman suspected to have died from Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia. The disease has ravaged a small part of Africa, but the international image of the whole continent is increasingly under siege, reinforcing some old stereotypes. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh, File)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In the United States, some parents fearful of deadly Ebola pulled children out of a school after the principal returned from Zambia, an African nation far from the area hit by the disease. In Geneva, a top U.N. official warned against anti-African discrimination fueled by fears of Ebola. The disease has ravaged a small part of Africa, but the international image of the whole continent is increasingly under siege, reinforcing some old stereotypes.

Belgium's main airport to begin Ebola screening

FILE- In this Oct. 17, 2014, file photo, airport physician Dr. Bargain, right, demonstrates the use of a thermometer on an actor during a visit for members of the media to highlight measures to screen passengers for the Ebola virus, at the Charles de Gaulle airport, north of Paris. France’s government announced Friday it is strengthening its anti-Ebola efforts, even as it confirmed that no cases of Ebola have been detected in France. Beginning Saturday, temperature checks for passengers arriving in Paris from the Guinean capital of Conakry. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)PARIS (AP) — Brussels Airport says it will begin screening passengers arriving from Ebola-stricken countries Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Humans should thank ancient Scottish fish fossils for joy of sex
 By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists studying fossils have discovered that the intimate act of sexual intercourse used by humans was pioneered by ancient armored fishes, called placoderms, about 385 million years ago in Scotland. In an important discovery in the evolutionary history of sexual reproduction, the scientists found that male fossils of the Microbrachius dicki, which belong to a placoderm group, developed bony L-shaped genital limbs called claspers to transfer sperm to females. Females, for their part, developed small paired bones to lock the male organs in place for ...

New military medical team to help with Ebola in US
 WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the military to prepare and train a 30-member medical support team that could provide short-term help to civilian health professionals if there are more Ebola cases in the United States.

Pentagon to create medical support team for U.S. Ebola response

Hagel delivers the keynote address to the Association of U.S. Army annual meeting in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the creation of a 30-member expeditionary medical support team to be able to provide emergency help in the event of an Ebola crisis in the United States, a Pentagon spokesman said on Sunday. The team of five doctors, 20 nurses and five trainers could respond on short notice to help civilian medical professionals, a statement from Rear Admiral John Kirby said. Three cases of Ebola have been diagnosed in the United States, prompting widespread concern about the potential spread of the virus. ...

New Ebola guidelines will be more stringent: U.S. health official

An employee cleans next a poster on the prevention of Ebola at Benito Juarez International airport in Mexico CityBy Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New guidelines being developed for U.S. hospitals treating Ebola patients will be more stringent and will direct workers to make sure their skin and hair are fully covered, a top U.S. health official said Sunday. Anthony Fauci, the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke about the new guidelines being developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation. ...

Spanish Ebola nurse appears clear of disease, says government

Health workers in protective suits stand at a window in the isolation ward of the Carlos III hospital in MadridMADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for two infected priests in a Madrid hospital, becoming the first person to contract the virus outside West Africa, appears to have overcome the deadly disease, the government said on Sunday. Tests on Teresa Romero, 44, hospitalized earlier this month with a high fever and treated in an isolation unit in a specially-adapted hospital in central Madrid, gave a negative result for the virus on Sunday, it said in a statement. ...

Hamas leader's daughter received medical treatment in Israel: sources
 JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A daughter of the leader of Hamas in Gaza was admitted to an Israeli hospital for emergency medical treatment this month after she suffered complications from a routine procedure, two sources familiar with the case said. Ismail Haniyeh's daughter's week-long admission to a hospital in Tel Aviv - which Israeli and Palestinian officials declined to confirm or deny - shows humanitarian coordination between the sides continues just weeks after the Gaza war ended. ...

Spanish nurse cleared of Ebola: government

Medical staff wearing protective suits work at the Carlos III hospital, where Teresa Romero is being treated for Ebola, in Madrid on October 12, 2014Madrid (Spain) (AFP) - A Spanish health worker who was the first person to catch Ebola outside of Africa no longer has the virus, according to medical test results Sunday, the government said.

U.S. to issue new Ebola care guidelines, watch lists to shrink

The Carnival Magic cruise ship is seen after reaching port in Galveston, TexasBy Erwin Seba GALVESTON Texas (Reuters) - The United States will issue strict new guidelines telling American health workers to cover their skin and hair when dealing with Ebola patients, a top health official said on Sunday, while some of the dozens of people being watched for possible exposure to the virus are expected to be cleared. In Texas, a lab worker who spent much of a Caribbean holiday cruise in isolation tested negative for the deadly virus and left the Carnival Magic liner with other passengers after it docked at Galveston early on Sunday morning. ...

Ebola victim's Texas fiance expresses gratitude, sorrow

A worker in a hazardous material suit removes the contents of the apartment unit where a man diagnosed with the Ebola virus was staying in DallasBy Karen Brooks (Reuters) - The fiancée of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian who died of Ebola in Dallas earlier this month, said on Sunday she was grateful to be leaving quarantine without any signs of the disease that killed the man she was to marry, but saddened by the toll the virus has taken. "We are so happy this is coming to an end, and we are so grateful that none of us has shown any sign of illness," Louise Troh said in a statement. "We continue to mourn his loss and grieve the circumstances that led to his death, just at the time we thought we were facing a happy future together. ...

Spaniard with Ebola beats the disease, test shows
 MADRID (AP) — A Spanish nursing assistant infected with Ebola after treating missionary priests with the disease repatriated from West Africa has managed to beat it after nearly two weeks of treatment in Madrid and has no traces of the virus in her bloodstream, according to test results released Sunday night by Spain's government.

CDC to revise Ebola protocol, Pentagon preps team

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, as the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing to examine the response to the Ebola outbreak and whether America's hospitals and health care workers are adequately prepared for Ebola patients. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)ATLANTA (AP) — Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear "with no skin showing," a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed.

Spanish judge orders release of ill boy's parents

This is an undated handout photos issued by England's Hampshire Police on Monday Sept. 1, 2014, of Brett King and Naghemeh King, the parents of Ashya King, who have legal proceedings against them continuing in Spain after they took the five-year-old brain cancer patient out of hospital without doctors' consent. Critically-ill 5-year-old boy Ashya King driven to Spain by his parents is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor in a Spanish hospital as his parents await extradition to Britain, police said Sunday Aug. 31 2014. Officers received a phone call late Saturday from a hotel east of Malaga advising that a vehicle fitting the description circulated by police was on its premises. Both parents were arrested and the boy, Ashya King, was taken to a hospital, a Spanish police spokesman said. (AP Photo/Hampshire Police)SOTO DEL REAL, Spain (AP) — Spanish officials have ordered the immediate release of a detained British couple who were wanted by police in the United Kingdom after they took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent.

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