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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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Doctor tests positive for Ebola at New York hospital

NY doctor tests positive for ebolaA physician who recently returned to New York from Ebola-ravaged west Africa has tested positive for the disease, officials announced.

Craig Spencer, 33, a doctor who lives in the Harlem neighbourhood of Manhattan, was taken to hospital in New York City on Thursday after displaying symptoms consistent with those caused by Ebola.

A preliminary test confirmed that Spencer has the virus.  Health officials had already said they were tracing the doctor’s contacts, which the New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio, said were not numerous.

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Thousands of U.S. children are improperly medicated each year

Children wrongly medicated in USEvery eight minutes, a child in the United States is improperly medicated at home -- that according to a new study published this week in the journal Pediatrics. Double-dosing, whereby a parent or guardian accidentally gives a child the same medication twice, accounted for a quarter of all mistakes.

Thankfully, the vast majority of mismeasurements and double doses weren't fatal, but the numbers -- which many experts say are on the conservative side -- suggest moms and dads in the United States need to be much more careful when dosing out meds to their children.

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US forces Ebola-risk passengers to land at 'enhanced screening' airports

Full screening airportThe United States has unveiled new Ebola-related travel restrictions on visitors from West Africa, forcing passengers originating from the three worst hit countries to land at select airports for enhanced screening.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the move Tuesday, and will mean those wishing to come to America from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will have to arrive either at New York's Kennedy, Newark Liberty, Washington's Dulles, Chicago's O'Hare or Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airports.

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