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Nurse quarantined in N.J. to be released

Nurse to be releasedIn a sudden reversal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday the state would release an American nurse who had been forcibly confined to a hospital isolation tent upon arrival from West Africa despite showing no signs of Ebola.

Kaci Hickox, 33, who works for Doctors Without Borders, was the first person pulled aside at Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday under the new rules after her return from Sierra Leone, where she was working with Ebola patients.

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New paper Ebola test can detect strains within 30 minutes

Ebola testA team of synthetic biologists have developed a prototype paper test that they say can detect the presence of Ebola strains within 30 minutes, a development that could make the process of finding and containing the disease faster and more efficient.

The litmus-like test utilizes a technology that's popular in science labs called "cell free system," whereby cellular processes are replicated and observed in a test tube. To create the new Ebola test, researchers installed the cell free system on a strip of porous paper.

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White House Against Mandatory Quarantine

Ebola quarantineThe White House has told states that have imposed mandatory quarantines for some travelers from Ebola-hit West Africa that the policy could impede the fight against the disease, while the first health worker isolated under the rules plans to sue.

Kaci Hickox, a nurse placed in 21-day quarantine in a New Jersey hospital after returning from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, will contest her quarantine in court, her attorney said on Sunday, arguing the order violates her constitutional rights.

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Ebola nurse 'made to feel like criminal' on return to US

Ebola nurse angryA nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone has criticized her treatment under a mandatory 21-day quarantine policy implemented by three US states, in an article written in a New Jersey hospital where she remained in isolation despite testing negative for the virus on Saturday.

Kaci Hickox was placed in quarantine under a policy announced on Friday by New Jersey governor Chris Christie and New York governor Andrew Cuomo, which requires anyone flying into the states after having contact with Ebola sufferers in west Africa to be subject to mandatory isolation for 21 days, thought to be the disease’s maximum incubation period.

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NY, NJ announce mandatory Ebola quarantines

NY and NJ governorsThe governors of New Jersey and New York on Friday ordered a mandatory 21-day quarantine for all doctors and other travelers who have had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa.

The move came after a New York City doctor who returned to the U.S. a week ago from treating Ebola victims in Guinea was diagnosed with the lethal disease.

Many New Yorkers and others were dismayed to learn that after he came home, Dr. Craig Spencer rode the subway, took a cab, went bowling, visited a coffee shop and ate at a restaurant.

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Dallas nurse is Ebola free, will leave NIH today

Nina PhamA nurse from Dallas, Texas who contracted Ebola is now virus free and will be released Wednesday afternoon from the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Nina Pham, 26, was transferred to the biocontainment unit at NIH’s Special Clinical Studies Unit on October 16.

She was previously hospitalized at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas where she became infected with Ebola while caring for a Liberian patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, who had the virus.

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Study: Early air pollution exposure linked to autism

autism and pollutionIn a new study, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found children with autism were more likely to have been exposed to certain air toxics during their mother's pregnancy and during the their first two years of life.

The paper's preliminary results have been accepted for review by the the American Association for Aerosol Research; it's one of the first times researchers have found a correlation between air pollution and autism rates.

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