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  • Ellison: Soldiers in West Africa need more pay

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison says the 700 Minnesota National Guard soldiers being deployed to West Africa to help stop the spread of the deadly Ebola disease deserve more than $5 a day extra in hardship pay. The Democratic congressman has written Secretary of...

  • New bird flu cluster identified in Netherlands

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch authorities Friday said they will slaughter poultry at a cluster of three farms after new cases of bird flu were found in the town of Kamperveen, in the third outbreak in the Netherlands this week. A new infection was detected Friday morning at a chicken farm in...

  • Cuomo suspends NY drug rules for the snowbound

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued an emergency order intended to help snowbound residents of western New York keep getting prescription medications. The order signed Thursday and effective through Dec. 1 temporarily suspends some medical regulations. The order: —...

  • Red Cross seeks blood donors to help Buffalo area

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The American Red Cross is seeking blood donors in the Rochester area so the organization can replenish the blood supply in the snowbound Buffalo region. Officials with the Red Cross New York-Penn Region have issued an emergency appeal for blood donors. They tell...

  • Cuban doctor arrives in Geneva for Ebola treatment

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    BERLIN (AP) — A Cuban doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone arrived in Switzerland for treatment and was able to walk off the transport plane, a Geneva medical official said Friday. Felix Baez Sarria arrived on a flight overnight and was transported in a specially outfitted...

  • Nebraska doctors share Ebola lessons in paper

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — When the Nebraska Medical Center began treating patients with the deadly Ebola virus this fall, experts had to figure out how to safely conduct lab tests and handle samples. A paper outlining some of the lessons learned in the lab has been published, so other...

  • 3 W.Va. groups get rural community funding

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three West Virginia organizations are sharing more than $1.2 million in federal funding to connect rural communities to medical services and educational opportunities. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says federal funding is being awarded by the U.S. Department of...

  • Carroll initiates crisis intervention team

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) — Carroll County law enforcement and public-health officials are initiating a crisis intervention team to safely manage people with mental illness. The event Friday in Westminster adds Carroll County to at least five other Maryland jurisdictions that have...

  • Officer expected back after kidney transplant

    Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    TILTON, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire police officer is recovering after waiting more than two years for a kidney transplant. Tilton Police Cpl. Nathan Morrison underwent surgery last month at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. The Citizen reports (http://bit.ly/1p3v0yG) the...

  • Colorado Springs company will not hire tobacco users

    By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Penrose-St. Francis Health Services plans to stop hiring tobacco users beginning Jan. 1 - a move meant to make its hospitals healthier despite concerns it could discriminate against smokers. The new policy by Centura Health, the local system's parent, comes amid other changes at...

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