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Ebola: NY had jump-start, Dallas had to learn fast

Talk about a tale of two cities: A Dallas hospital got a pop quiz in Ebola and made an early mistake. New York got a peek at the answer sheet and was better prepared at the start.

Lake Regional, emergency responders prepare for unlikely appearance of Ebola

As the nation’s strategy to address the Ebola virus continues to evolve, Lake Regional Health System is taking steps to protect its patients and employees.

Few details offered on quarantines over Ebola

A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone is the first test case of quarantine policies now in effect in three states over heightened fears the deadly virus could be spread by health care workers returning to the United States.

Poor health systems in Asia cause for Ebola alarm

The longer the Ebola outbreak rages in West Africa, the greater chance a traveler infected with the virus touches down in an Asian city.

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Officials: New York doctor has Ebola, 1st in city

An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, city officials said Thursday. He's the fourth case in the U.S. and the first in the nation's biggest city.

Republicans worry Missouri not prepared for Ebola

Some Republican lawmakers questioned Wednesday whether emergency responders have the training and resources to handle a potential Ebola outbreak in Missouri.

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Nurses cite sloppy conditions in Ebola care

A Liberian Ebola patient was left in an open area of a Dallas emergency room for hours, and the nurses treating him worked for days without proper protective gear and faced constantly changing protocols, according to a statement released late Tuesday by the largest U.S. nurses' union.

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Records chronicle how Ebola kills

The first person ever to be diagnosed with the dreaded Ebola virus on United States soil was the first in this country to die of it.

St. Mary’s schedules open houses for new hospital

The new St. Mary’s hospital in Jefferson City is scheduled to have its first business day on Nov. 16. But it plans to give the public a sneak peek at the new hospital with open house events Nov. 1 and 2.

Budget 'withholds' hitting county health departments

Area counties ask Nixon to release funds

County health departments are requesting that Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon release the $3.3 million designated for public health projects and programs that he withheld from the state budget.

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US Ebola patient dies; airport screening expanded

The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. died Wednesday despite intense but delayed treatment, and the government announced it was expanding airport examinations to guard against the spread of the deadly disease.

Health law waivers: Too complicated to claim?

Millions of Americans may qualify for waivers from the most unpopular part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. But getting that exemption could be an ordeal.

Wal-Mart cuts health benefits for some part-timers

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation’s largest private employer.

Wal-Mart plans 1-stop health coverage shopping

Wal-Mart is taking one-stop shopping to another area: health insurance.

Loose e-cigarette laws may be hard to tighten

In a rush to keep electronic cigarettes out of children's hands while the federal government creeps forward with a proposed national ban for minors, experts say that many states are passing laws that could mean fewer restrictions on the nicotine devices later.

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Across 3 continents, Ebola makes its way to US

His week began thousands of miles away with a frantic bid to save a life. It was Monday, Sept. 15, and Ebola, a terrifying disease, was ravaging West Africa, filling morgues and hospitals to capacity. In Monrovia, Liberia, the virus was about to claim one more person.

Official: Enterovirus 68 virus caused boy's death

A virus that has been causing severe respiratory illness across the country is responsible for the death of a 4-year-old boy, a state medical examiner determined.

Things to know about respiratory bug plaguing kids

A wave of severe respiratory illnesses has swept the country in the last two months, propelled by what was long considered an uncommon germ.

New Jersey child infected with virus dies

A New Jersey child who tested positive for a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country has died, although it's not clear what role the virus played in the child's death, state health officials said Friday.

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Drug and device firms paid $3.5B to care providers

From research grants to travel junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals billions of dollars last year, the government disclosed Tuesday in a new effort to spotlight potential ethical conflicts in medicine.