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Up to 100 people being monitored in Dallas for Ebola

Ebola in USUp to 100 people in Texas are now being screened for potential exposure to Ebola, with four relatives of the first U.S. case ordered to stay in their Dallas home and not have any visitors until at least Oct. 19, local and state health officials said Thursday.

Not all of those people had direct contact with the patient, a Liberian national named Thomas Eric Duncan. None are showing any symptoms of infection, officials said. About 12 to 18 are being more closely monitored because they did have direct contact with Duncan, and four have been quarantined.

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Dallas hospital diagnoses first patient with Ebola

Dallas hospitalThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Tuesday the first case of Ebola in a critically ill patient diagnosed in a U.S. hospital.

The patient — who has been isolated since his symptoms were recognized — is an unnamed man in intensive care at Texas Health Presbyterian hospital in Dallas.

Hospital workers noted his case because of his symptoms and recent travel history. It is not known whether he has infected others, although CDC officials are tracing his contacts.

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European Activists Say They Don't Want Any U.S. 'Chlorine Chicken'

Europeans don't want chlorinated chickenMute Schimpf doesn't want to eat American chicken. That's because most U.S. poultry is chilled in antimicrobial baths that can include chlorine to keep salmonella and other bacteria in check. In Europe, chlorine treatment was banned in the 1990s out of fear that it could cause cancer.

"In Europe there is definitely a disgust about chlorinated chicken," says Schimpf, a food activist with Friends of the Earth Europe, an environmental group.

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Turmeric may ward off dementia, heal the brain

TurmericA new study by scientists in Germany has found a that a main ingredient in curry powder, the spice turmeric, can help the brain regenerate neurons and repair itself.

When researchers coated neural stem cells, isolate in petri dishes, in a chemical extracted from turmeric, the cells grew more prolifically into neurons than did control cells untouched by any foreign substances. The same turmeric-derived chemical compound had similar effects when injected into the brains of live rats.

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France to introduce plain cigarette packaging

French crackdown on smokingThe French government has unveiled controversial new measures to cut the number of its smokers, including introducing plain cigarette packaging.

The proposals are specifically aimed at reducing the high rates of teenage smokers in France.

Health Minister Marisol Touraine plans to follow Australia's example, which introduced similar measures in 2012.

Experts say removing branding on packets and adding large health warnings reduced smoking in Australia.

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Ebola cases could reach between 550,000 and 1.4 million by late January: CDC

Ebola cases Between 550,000 and 1.4 million people in West Africa could be infected with the Ebola virus by January 20, 2015, according to a report issued on Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The top range of the estimate, 1.4 million, assumes that the number of cases officially cited so far, 5,864 according to the count kept by the World Health Organization, is significantly underreported, and that it is likely that 2.5 times as many cases, or nearly 20,000, have in fact occurred.

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Sierra Leone burial team attacked despite lockdown

Sierra Leone burial teamA team burying Ebola victims was attacked in Sierra Leone's capital on Saturday, a member of parliament said, as a small group defied a three-day lockdown aimed at halting the worst outbreak of the disease on record.

In one of the most extreme measures since the epidemic began, Sierra Leone has ordered its population of 6 million to stay indoors as volunteers circulate to educate residents about the disease as well as isolate the sick and remove the dead.

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