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  • New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria, where authorities say he died days later from Ebola, one of the deadliest diseases known to man. Now health workers are...

  • Doctor who contracted Ebola in grave condition

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kent Brantly always wanted to be a medical missionary, and he took the work seriously, spending months treating a steady stream of patients with Ebola in Liberia. Now Brantly is himself a patient, fighting for his own survival in an isolation unit on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, after contracting the deadly...

  • Officials: Little risk of Ebola outbreak in US

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote. The Centers for Disease Control on Monday sent a health alert to U.S. doctors about the outbreak. There are no travel restrictions to the West Africa region hit by the disease. But...

  • Liberians in Minnesota worry about Ebola outbreak

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Members of Minnesota's sizeable Liberian community say an Ebola outbreak that has killed hundreds of people in West Africa, including a local woman's husband, has them worrying about relatives and scrambling to raise money to help prevent the virus from spreading. Minnesota Department of Health officials met with West...

  • Idaho officials: Prison takeover had 'challenges'

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho prison officials say they had to have thousands of dollars' worth of medications shipped overnight to the state's largest prison after the former operator, Corrections Corporation of America, left the facility without a promised eight-day supply of inmate drugs. The Idaho Department of Correction officials also say...

  • Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs. An agreement announced by the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs...

  • Southwest La. veterans clinics included in deal

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bipartisan congressional deal to help improve veterans' health care access includes approval for new veterans clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles. That's according to U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, who each announced Monday that the clinics made it into the agreement between the leaders of...

  • Chafee holding ceremony on breast density bill

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Lincoln Chafee is ceremonially signing legislation aimed at raising awareness of a potential risk factor for breast cancer. The legislation passed by the General Assembly requires that each mammogram report include a notification to the patient of any finding of dense breast tissue and a suggestion that...

  • Texas doctor's family under 21-day fever watch

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — State health officials say the family of an American doctor infected with the Ebola virus is under a 21-day fever watch, but it's believed they had no contact with anyone with the deadly disease. A spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services said Monday the agency interviewed Amber Brantly and her...

  • APNewsBreak: Illinois: Doctor faked pot paperwork

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois regulators allege a suburban Chicago doctor misled a 79-year-old patient by issuing a bogus medical marijuana certification for a $250 fee, according to a formal complaint filed Monday. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation filed the complaint against Dr. Joseph J. Starkman, who has a...

  • No West Nile, encephalitis found in mosquitoes

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The latest round of mosquito tests in Rhode Island for West Nile virus has found no sign of the disease. The state Department of Environmental Management reported Monday that test results from all 67 mosquito samples taken from over two dozen traps set statewide during the week of July 14 came back negative for both...

  • Minnesota Health officials address Ebola concerns

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health is working with leaders in the local Liberian community to address concerns about an Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Health officials are meeting with members of the West African community Monday. The health department says it's providing resources and information to community members,...

  • Appeals court says St. Luke's can keep Saltzer

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — One of Idaho's largest health care providers can continue to operate Nampa-based Saltzer Medical Group while it challenges a prior ruling that it broke antitrust laws in its buyout of Saltzer, according to a recent federal appeals court decision. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday the appeal is a top...

  • Delaware gets $690,000 grant for nutrition

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Public health officials say Delaware's Women, Infants and Children program has received a grant of more than $690,000 to implement an electronic benefits transfer system. The Division of Public Health said Monday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture made the one-time grant. It will allow the state to replace paper food...

  • Donor gives OHSU $100 million for cancer research

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Health & Science University says it's closer to matching Nike co-founder Phil Knight's challenge for cancer research with the help of a new $100 million donation. The gift from a donor who asked to remain anonymous puts the Portland school's campaign over the $400 million mark, officials said Monday. Last year,...

  • Third West Nile virus case in Mississippi

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting the state's third human case of West Nile virus for 2014. The new reported case is in Rankin County. Earlier, health officials reported cases in Newton and Hinds counties. The state health department only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. In 2013,...

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