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U.S. Ebola Patient Now Critical

After hospital officials on Saturday said the condition of the lone Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has worsened, the woman he came to Texas to visit said she is praying for his recovery.

Louise Troh said that she was not aware until a reporter told her that Thomas Eric Duncan’s condition had been deemed critical and that she had not spoken with him Saturday

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Mass. Health Officials Urge Caution When Reporting Ebola Cases

State health officials say they are urging hospitals in Massachusetts to err on the side of caution when it comes to reporting any patients who could possibly have been exposed to Ebola.

Dr. Albert DeMaria, an infectious disease specialist for the Department of Public Health, told a press briefing Friday that several suspicious cases were investigated in the state in recent months, but Ebola was quickly ruled out in all of them

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Liberia Restricting Media Access To Ebola Patients

Liberia is instituting new rules to restrict media access to Ebola patients. Journalists must now have official permission to photograph or film patients being treated for the deadly disease. Government officials cite privacy issues, but the new policy was announced the same day an NBC News cameraman from Providence, Rhode Island  became the first foreign journalist to test positive for Ebola

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Liberia Wants To Prosecute U.S. Ebola Patient

Liberian officials are planning to prosecute Thomas Duncan, the Ebola patient currently isolated in a Dallas, Texas hospital. Before flying out of the country, all passengers must fill out a questionnaire that asks them if they have been around anyone with Ebola

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CDC Director Confident Ebola In U.S. Will Be Contained

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is confident Ebola will be contained in the U.S. even if more cases pop up.

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden  says Thomas Duncan was symptom-free when he was screened in Liberia and didn't start showing Ebola symptoms until he showed up in Dallas, Texas

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Fishing Regulators Put Off Changes For Gulf Of Maine

Cod stocks are failing in the Gulf of Maine, but a plan to rebuild those stocks is still up in the air.

The New England Regional Fishery Management Council on Wednesday by a 9-8 vote, rejected a plan to ban all cod fishing in the Gulf

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New Law Limiting Patients For ICU Nurses Takes Effect

A new state law sets strict limits on the number of patients that registered nurses who work in hospital intensive care units can be assigned to at a given time.

The law, approved by the Legislature in June, took effect this week in Massachusetts

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Time To Stand Up For Improved School Performance

Did you realize that we sit on our butts 12 hours per day on average? Sitting down as much as this is clearly bad for us and some research suggest that those who sit all day live around two years less than those who are more active. Most of us are guilty of excess sitting. We sit at work, in the car and at home. In a very interesting study conducted on the elementary school level in Texas, students who stood during class at special stand-up desks performed better all around compared to children who sat at their desks!

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South Coast Hiking Is Best Kept Secret

What Southeastern Massachusetts lacks in altitude, it more than makes up for with wildlife reserves, coastal scenery and magnificent barrier beaches. For starters, hiking locally is the Bay State's best kept secret!

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The Top Reason You Should Sleep In The Dark

Justice Louis D. Brandeis said, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant” in praise of transparency and honesty in public policy. But, being in the dark is actually better for your overall health!

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