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Judge rejects Ebola quarantine for Maine nurse

Kaci  quarantine rejected by courtKaci Hickox is free to travel unrestricted after a Maine judge on Friday rejected the state’s bid to limit her movements as a medical worker who has treated Ebola patients.

Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere ruled Hickox must continue daily monitoring and coordinate travel with state health officials to ensure continuity of monitoring. The judge said there’s no need to restrict her movements because she’s not infectious because she’s showing no symptoms.

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Medicare bought meds for dead people

Marilyn TavennerCall it drugs for the departed: Medicare's prescription program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead.

The problem was traced back to a head-scratching bureaucratic rule that's now getting a second look.

A report coming out Friday from the Health and Human Services Department's inspector general says the Medicare rule allows payment for prescriptions filled up to 32 days after a patient's death — at odds with the program's basic principles, not to mention common sense.

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Ebola Researchers Banned From Medical Meeting In New Orleans

Ebola researchers banned in LouisianaLouisiana health officials say that anyone who's been in an Ebola-affected country over the last three weeks will be quarantined in their hotel rooms.

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene is telling researchers who've recently traveled to Ebola-affected parts of West Africa that they can't come to the society's annual meeting. That wasn't the medical group's idea.

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Showdown imminent over nurse's quarantine in Maine

Kaci HickoxState 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.

State officials were seeking a court order to detain Kaci Hickox for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10.

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Nurse Kaci Hickox says she won't obey Maine's Ebola quarantine: I won’t be 'bullied by politicians'

Kaci HickoxNurse Kaci Hickox — who remains symptom-free after spending three days in a New Jersey isolation tent after flying home from Ebola-stricken West Africa — remains under quarantine at home in Maine, but for only another day, she tells TODAY's Matt Lauer.

"I don’t plan on sticking to the guidelines. I remain appalled by these home quarantine policies that have been forced upon me, even though I am in perfectly good health and feeling strong and have been this entire time completely symptom free,” said Hickox, who wouldn’t emerge from Maine’s 21-day voluntary quarantine until Nov. 10.

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Bacterial contamination in cosmetics eludes public eye

cosmetics bacterial contaminationThousands of cosmetic products teeming with bacteria are quietly pulled from store shelves every year.

These contaminated products threaten the lives of people with compromised immune systems, but experts say cosmetic firms do not publicly announce most recalls due to lax industry regulation.

Kutol Products Co., a cleaning product manufacturer, is responsible for two out of the seven major cosmetic recalls this year. In total, the Ohio-based company removed 4,500 units of two moisturizing lotions, Medline Skintegrity and KLM Hand & Body.

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Nurse quarantined in N.J. to be released

Nurse to be releasedIn a sudden reversal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday the state would release an American nurse who had been forcibly confined to a hospital isolation tent upon arrival from West Africa despite showing no signs of Ebola.

Kaci Hickox, 33, who works for Doctors Without Borders, was the first person pulled aside at Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday under the new rules after her return from Sierra Leone, where she was working with Ebola patients.

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