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Sierra Leone makes hiding Ebola patients illegal
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FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone has passed a new law imposing possible jail time for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient - a common practice that the World Health Organization believes has contributed to a major underestimation of the current outbreak....

New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception....

CDC director to visit Ebola outbreak countries
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NEW YORK (AP) -- A top U.S. health official plans to travel to West Africa to see firsthand how the Ebola outbreak is unfolding....





Dentist at center of hepatitis scare cedes license
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma oral surgeon whose filthy clinic conditions led to the testing of thousands of patients for HIV and hepatitis permanently surrendered his professional license on Friday....

Ebola: Care and recovery of 2 American aid workers
NEW YORK (AP) -- Two American aid workers have recovered from Ebola and left an Atlanta hospital, after weeks of intensive treatment in a special isolation unit....

Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity
WASHINGTON (AP) -- New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world's most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who've already swallowed drops of an oral polio vaccine greatly boosted their immunity....

American Ebola doc urges help fighting outbreak
ATLANTA (AP) -- As one of few Ebola survivors with medical expertise, Dr. Kent Brantly seems keenly aware of the position his painful experience has put him in. He hasn't spoken yet about his plans, but spent much of his first public appearance pleading for help for countries still struggling with the virus....

Democrats reframe debate on health care
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's unpopular health care law is losing some of its political punch as vulnerable Democrats see it as less of an election-year minus and Republicans increasingly talk about fixing it instead of repealing....

US diplomats barred from ice bucket challenge
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don't look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun....

Big Apple doctor-in-chief seeks community approach
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's new health boss doesn't want to be your nanny. Think of her more as a tutor....

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