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Ebola takes big toll on already poor health care

Ebola takes big toll on already poor health care

13 hours ago
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — When the dreaded Ebola virus began infecting people in the Sierra Leone town of Kenema, Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan and his team were on the front lines. After stepping out of his protective suit following hours on a sweltering ward, he would jump on the phone to coordinate with the Ministry of Health, to deal with personnel issues and tend to hospital business. Full Story
Liberian Ebola survivor praises experimental drug

Liberian Ebola survivor praises experimental drug

13 hours 6 mins ago
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — A Liberian health worker who recovered from Ebola after receiving an experimental drug urged the manufacturer to speed up its production and send it to Africa, while crowds celebrated in the streets Saturday after authorities reopened a slum that had been barricaded for more than a week to try to contain the disease. Full Story
Study: Novel heart failure drug shows big promise

Study: Novel heart failure drug shows big promise

17 hours 9 mins ago
A new study reports one of the biggest potential advances against heart failure in more than a decade — a first-of-a-kind, experimental drug that lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent. Full Story
Liberia reopens slum barricaded to fight Ebola

Liberia reopens slum barricaded to fight Ebola

18 hours 26 mins ago
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Crowds celebrated in the streets of Liberia's capital on Saturday after authorities reopened a slum where tens of thousands of people had been barricaded for more than a week to contain the country's Ebola outbreak. Full Story
Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov

Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov

20 hours 52 mins ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring. Full Story

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California mentally ill inmates get special units

California mentally ill inmates get special units

1 day ago
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State corrections officials on Friday agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into separate specialized housing that will offer them more treatment instead of placing them in the same isolation units as other inmates, a decision that marks a major shift in how the system deals with such prisoners. Full Story
Student evades monitors, spreads Ebola to Senegal

Student evades monitors, spreads Ebola to Senegal

1 day ago
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A university student infected with Ebola evaded health surveillance for weeks as he slipped into Senegal, carrying the deadly virus to a fifth West African nation showing how quarantines, border closures and flight bans have failed to contain the outbreak. Full Story
Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

1 day ago
An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa — once more of it can be made. Full Story