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AP IMPACT: If Ebola batters US, we are not ready

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The U.S. health care apparatus is so unprepared and short on resources to deal with the deadly Ebola virus that even small clusters of cases could overwhelm parts of the system, according to an Associated Press review of readiness at hospitals and other components of the emergency medical network....

Wisconsin studies music and memory program
UNION GROVE, Wis. (AP) -- Mike Knutson taught himself to play the harmonica as a child, and the 96-year-old sang with his family for most of his life. Even now, as he suffers from dementia, music is an important part of his life thanks to a study looking at the impact of a nationwide music program aimed at helping dementia patients....

Showdown imminent over nurse's quarantine in Maine

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FORT KENT, Maine (AP) -- State police plan to monitor the movements and interactions of a nurse who vowed to defy the state's quarantine for health care workers who treat Ebola patients, but troopers cannot take her into custody without a judge's permission....




Study: Young people more likely to survive Ebola
Who survives Ebola and why? Health workers treating patients in Sierra Leone, including some who died doing that work, have published the most detailed report yet on medical aspects of the epidemic. The research suggests young people are less likely to perish, fever is the most common symptom when victims first seek care, and early help is crucial....

Quarantines rarely used, effectiveness questioned
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Spanish flu pandemic a century ago prompted the last large-scale quarantines in this country. Now the Ebola outbreak is raising new questions about whether ordering quarantines is an effective way to fight deadly disease in the U.S....

Funding to tame an Ebola outbreak has fallen short
The nation's preparedness effort to fight outbreaks of Ebola and other infectious diseases has been under-funded and lacking in political will and commitment....

Pentagon orders 21-day Ebola quarantine for troops
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ordering firm restrictions for U.S. troops returning from West Africa, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that the military men and women helping fight Ebola must undergo 21-day quarantines - longer than required for many civilian health care workers....

Ebola: Danger in Sierra Leone, progress in Liberia
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Liberia is making some progress in containing the Ebola outbreak while Sierra Leone is "in a crisis situation which is going to get worse," the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries said....

Politics of Ebola tricky for Christie, Cuomo
NEW YORK (AP) -- Two ambitious governors - one Republican, one Democrat - known for their no-nonsense, take-charge style in a calamity have set off a furor with their aggressive handling of the Ebola crisis, and how it plays out could shape their political futures....

Where's czar? Ebola raises management questions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's commander in the fight against Ebola was expected to operate below the public radar. But did that mean invisible?...