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  1. Sister: Ebola patient told ER workers he was from Liberia; hospital released him anyway

    Medicine

    DALLAS — The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States told relatives that he notified health care workers the first time he went to the hospital that he was visiting the U.S. from Liberia, the man's sister said Wednesday.

    Traffic moves past Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where a patient was diagnosed with the Ebola virus Tuesday. [Getty Images]
  2. Watch: Paula Abdul's breast exam video shows all the right moves

    Health

    Paula Abdul's new video has the usual bouncy beat, great choreography and is a little bit racy looking — until you hear the message it's trying to convey. And then all those hands-on gestures make sense.

    Paula Abdul on set with sister and breast cancer survivor Wendy Emkin at Quixote Studios on Sept. 5, 2014, in Los Angeles to launch the Avon Foundation's #CheckYourself for Breast Cancer campaign. [Avon Foundation for Women]
  3. Ebola's arrival in U.S. was inevitable, experts say

    Medicine

    DALLAS — The world suddenly seemed a lot smaller when news broke Tuesday that the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. is being isolated and treated at a Dallas hospital.

    Traffic moves past Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where a patient was diagnosed with the Ebola virus Tuesday. [Getty Images]
  4. U.S. confirms first Ebola case, in Texas

    Nation

    DALLAS — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday confirmed the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States, triggering an intensive search for anyone who might have come into contact with the patient while he was infectious.

    Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control, said Tuesday that the man traveled to Dallas from Liberia.
  5. Florida hospitals prepare for Ebola cases

    Health

    TAMPA — Tampa General Hospital has planned for the day it might get a suspected Ebola case. Officials designated special rooms for such patients and purchased impermeable Tyvek suits, face shields and heavy duty gloves for the staff who would treat them.

  6. Q and A: Facts about Ebola, from the CDC

    Health

    What is being done to prevent ill travelers in West Africa from getting on a plane?

  7. Hillsborough schools announce free flu vaccine program for students

    Medicine

    TAMPA — The only thing a Hillsborough County public school student needs to get a flu vaccination this season at no out-of-pocket cost — and at school — is a parent's consent.

    Nick Favata, 12, a Sam Rampello Downtown Partnership School student, reacts to the nasal spray flu vaccine given by registered nurse Charity Judino. Nick and another student received the vaccination during a news conference at the school.
  8. Seafood quality is key

    Health

    Thousands of restaurant and food service personnel were treated to healthy choices at the recent Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show in Orlando. Sustainability was the buzzword at many seafood exhibits, and the emphasis on a Mediterranean diet of fresh vegetables, olive oil and fish was hard to miss.

    Yannis Pelekanakis whips up Sea Bream Fillets With Leeks and Fennel at the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show in Orlando.
  9. State investigates St. Pete facility for Alzheimer's patients over possible scabies outbreak

    Health

    State officials are taking another look at how a St. Petersburg assisted living facility handled a possible scabies outbreak amid new complaints that executives took too long to address the problem.

  10. Early end-of-life discussions can make decisions easier

    Health

    TAMPA — Tracy Christner tries to convince healthy people of all ages to plan for the end of their lives. At the least, she hopes to get them thinking and talking about how they want to leave this world, while they still are able.

    Deborah Farrel, right, helped her parents, Catherine Wallace Farrel and Robert Bigelow Farrel, arrange a living will and other end-of-life documents, preparing her for their wishes.