• WSU grad named Washington state veterinarian

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    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington State University graduate who has spent much of his career in New Mexico has been named Washington state veterinarian. The Washington state Department of Agriculture said Monday that Joe Baker will start Nov. 3, managing the department's Animal Health Program. The Capital Press reports (http://bit.ly/1tfkJiL ) Baker has almost 40 years of experience in veterinary medicine and held positions with the New Mexico Livestock Board since 2006.

  • Ebola outbreak forces Liberians into exile

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    BUDUBURAM CAMP, Ghana (AP) — Henry Boley left Liberia to attend a conference in Nigeria just days after his twins were born. Now, weeks later, he can't get home. Amanda Johnson, a 50-year-old Liberian living in Ghana, awaits her fiance's departure from their home country for their wedding, but refuses to return home because of Ebola. Hundreds of Liberians are stranded in Ghana, separated from their families because of poverty, fear and logistics. Some are waiting for flights to resume after most airlines cancelled flights to Liberia. Others are having trouble navigating or affording the circuitous route back by bus. Many others feel it's too risky to return home, even if their spouses or children are desperately urging them to.

  • Flu arrives early at Washington State University

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    PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — The flu has arrived at Washington State University and Whitman County earlier than expected, health officials said. The first case at WSU was diagnosed Sept. 28 at the campus Health and Wellness clinic, and doctors have seen 30 more since then, said Dennis Garcia, senior associate medical director. This is the earliest Garcia has seen the flu in 18 years. "Usually we don't start seeing cases until December of January," Garcia said in a WSU news release. Scratchy throats, coughs and fevers of 101-102 degrees are forcing students to miss classes, he said. WSU Health and Wellness is holding vaccine clinics the next two Fridays and encouraging students and staff to get their shots.

  • Bomb outside Cairo University wounds 10

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    CAIRO (AP) — A bomb exploded outside Egypt's largest and most prominent university in the country's capital on Wednesday, wounding 10 people, including six policemen, the Interior Ministry said. The bomb, described as a rudimentary device, went off following clashes between police and Islamist students who were protesting outside the sprawling campus, security officials said. It was the second bombing outside Cairo University in the past six months. Egypt has faced regular militant attacks, mostly targeting security forces, since the military's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last year. Militant groups say they are avenging a security crackdown on Islamists, while authorities blamed Morsi supporters for the vi

  • CDC: Monitoring for all coming from Ebola nations

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Significantly expanding their vigilance, federal health officials said Wednesday that they would begin monitoring all travelers — even Americans — who come to the U.S. from Ebola-stricken West African nations for 21 days. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the expanded screening would begin Monday in six states — New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New York and Georgia. He said the new system would further protect Americans. "The bottom line is that we have to keep our guard against Ebola," he said. Travelers from those countries will be given information cards and a thermometer and be required to make daily check-ins with state or local he

  • Earnhardt helps UPMC raise concussion awareness

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    Dale Earnhardt Jr. knew immediately something was wrong during a 2012 crash at Talladega, where his car was hit hard from behind. He was asked on his radio if he was OK, and it was clear Earnhardt was not. "I don't know. I mean, I don't know how many of them hits like that I can take," NASCAR's most popular driver told his crew. He recounts the crash in his personal story of his own battle with a concussion in a video made for the Sports Medicine Concussion Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. UPMC on Wednesday launched the website ReThinkConcussions.com to detail treatments. Featured on the site are Earnhardt and baseball catcher David Ross, who were both treated at UPMC by Dr.

  • Omaha hospital says video journalist free of Ebola virus, has been released from special unit

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    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha hospital says video journalist free of Ebola virus, has been released from special unit.

  • Health officials say Ebola low-risk in Miss.

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — State health officials say they are keeping Mississippi hospitals and medical facilities up-to-date on Ebola identification and treatment. State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier, speaking at a briefing in Jackson on Wednesday, says Ebola is low-risk in Mississippi. However, she says the Health Department is working with hospitals to get staff trained and prepared to handle any cases that might show up. Currier says identification of the disease is the important first step. She says the symptoms of high fever and diarrhea could be a lot of things. She says travel history is one of the first questions that should be asked of patients.

  • Biogen slides as MS drug is linked to inflammation

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    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Shares of Biogen Idec slumped 8 percent Wednesday despite a strong quarter after the pharmaceutical said a patient who took its newest multiple sclerosis drug suffered a brain inflammation and later died. The company confirmed there was a case of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or PML, in one patient who took the drug Tecfidera. It said the patient recently died of complications of pneumonia. Biogen said the patient took Tecfidera for four and a half years, and for most of that time experienced a condition that is a known risk factor for PML. The company reported the situation to regulators, and said it believes the overall risks and benefits of Tecfidera haven't changed.

  • Ex-jail inmate to face charge in fake Ebola claim

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police in Las Vegas say a 29-year-old Nevada man who tested negative for Ebola will face a misdemeanor false statement charge for telling jailers he had been to Africa and had symptoms of the virus. David Lee was isolated Sunday and taken to a Las Vegas hospital, and Clark County Detention Center guards donned protective gear and decontaminated areas where he had been held overnight following his Saturday arrest on outstanding warrants. Jail records showed that Lee was no longer at the jail in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Attempts to reach him by telephone weren't successful. Police say Lee had been arrested on warrants issued in Lincoln County on burglary, property destruction and theft charges.

  • Albuquerque cops: Punched man on life support

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say a man is hospitalized on life support after being punched. Police say the man hit his head on a curb late Tuesday after being punched and falling to the ground. According to police, the man initially was responsive and spoke with a responding officer but then took a turn for the worse after being transported to a hospital. The victim's identity was not released and no arrest has been made.

  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock to take state Ebola patients

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    LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — If a patient is diagnosed with Ebola in New Hampshire, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will be the sole hospital in the state designated to provide long-term care, the center announced Wednesday. State health officials said that while all hospitals in the state are capable of identifying and isolating patients with symptoms of Ebola infection, not all of them can provide long-term care and deal with the complications of the virus. There are currently no suspected Ebola patients in New Hampshire, health officials say. The only patients confirmed to have been diagnosed with the virus while in the U.S. are in Dallas, where a man traveling from Liberia developed Ebola and transmitted it to two health car

  • German firm wins appeal in Spain thalidomide case

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    MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court on Wednesday accepted a German pharmaceutical company's appeal against a ruling that had ordered it to pay compensation to 22 Spaniards who blame their disabilities on the drug thalidomide. Madrid's provincial court said the statute of limitations for the plaintiffs' case had expired. In November 2013, the court had ordered Gruenenthal to pay 20,000 euros ($25,500) for each percentage point of disability of the victims as recognized by Spain's Health Ministry. Thalidomide was a sedative that some doctors prescribed between 1950 and 1960 for morning sickness. Thousands of babies whose mothers used it were born worldwide with abnormally short limbs and in some cases without arms, legs or hi

  • Indiana man was violent long before 7 killings

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    GARY, Ind. (AP) — With hindsight, there were signs years ago of increasing violence against women by Darren Vann, who police say has confessed to killing seven women in northwestern Indiana and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. Indiana court records from 2004 describe him grabbing a woman in a chokehold, dousing her with gasoline and threatening to set her on fire. He was sentenced to a year in prison. In 2009, he was convicted in Texas of raping a woman. She told police that at his apartment in Austin, he knocked her down, began to strangle her, hit her several times in the face and said he could kill her, court records show. He was released from prison last year and moved back to Indiana.

  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock will accept Ebola patients

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    LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — If a patient is diagnosed with Ebola in New Hampshire, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will be the sole hospital in the state designated to provide long-term care. State health officials said Wednesday that while all hospitals in the state are capable of identifying and isolating patients with symptoms of Ebola infection, not all of them can provide long-term care and deal with the complications of the virus. There are currently no suspected Ebola patients in New Hampshire, health officials say. The only U.S. patients confirmed to have Ebola are in Dallas, where a man traveling from Liberia developed Ebola and transmitted it to two health care workers caring for him.

  • Snyder: Michigan hospitals ready for Ebola threat

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    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder says hospitals across Michigan say they're ready if needed to respond to patients with potential Ebola virus infection. Snyder gave the update Wednesday, saying the state is aggressively planning and working with hospitals. Two health officials leading Michigan's efforts joined in the announcement along with hospital officials and other state agencies that are involved. Department of Community Health Director Nick Lyon and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Matthew Davis are coordinating with the state's health and medical community to ensure adequate training, education and equipment for health care workers.

  • DEA launching Arizona prescription drug crackdown

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    PHOENIX (AP) — The federal Drug Enforcement Administration is launching a new initiative in Arizona to crack down on the illicit sale and use of prescription drugs. The new DEA initiative will include efforts to stop the diversion of narcotic pain medications from legitimate uses. They include targeting prescription forgery and fraud, doctor shopping by patients, pharmacy robberies and diversions to the illicit market by rogue pharmacies and physicians. DEA spokeswoman Ramona Sanchez says details of the effort will be announced Wednesday by the special agent in charge of the DEA's Arizona operations, Doug Coleman.

  • Johnson & Johnson plans Ebola vaccine testing

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson will begin safety testing in early January on a vaccine combination that could protect people from a strain of the deadly Ebola virus. The health care products maker said Wednesday that the vaccine being developed by its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies protects against an Ebola strain that is "highly similar" to the virus that has triggered the current outbreak in West Africa. Johnson & Johnson also plans to test whether its vaccine protects against the version causing the outbreak, which has killed more than 4,500 people. The New Brunswick, New Jersey, company has committed up to $200 million to speed up and expand production of the vaccine program.

  • Hive area monitored after 23 Texas students stung

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    SAGINAW, Texas (AP) — Four students have been treated and released from hospitals after nearly two dozen North Texas children were stung by bees during a physical education class. Officials say a hive area will be monitored after a total of 23 sixth-graders at Highland Middle School in Saginaw were stung while outdoors. An Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District spokeswoman said Wednesday that four students requiring additional medical attention were treated and released from hospitals. Kristin Courtney says the other 19 students who were stung Tuesday while playing soccer were treated at the scene. Courtney says the children apparently stepped on an underground irrigation valve box where the bees had a hiv

  • Michigan warns of Serrano peppers with salmonella

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    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Officials say some Serrano peppers distributed by Meijer stores in Michigan are potentially contaminated with salmonella. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on Tuesday issued a consumer advisory for the peppers, which were supplied by Bailey Farms of Oxford, North Carolina. Michigan says no illnesses have been reported to date. An infection can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps after exposure. The peppers were sold from Oct. 14-19. They were shipped in Bailey Farms labeled boxes with the lot code 33714 and 1460410. A random sample was taken by the Michigan agriculture department on Oct. 13 was confirmed to test positive on Oct. 18.