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  1. Ebola test in N.Y. is positive for doctor returned from West Africa

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    NEW YORK — A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, according to preliminary test results, city officials said Thursday.

     In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, Bellevue Hospital nurse Belkys Fortune, left, and Teressa Celia, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control, pose in protective suits in an isolation room, in the Emergency Room of the hospital, during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patients in New York. A doctor who recently returned to New York City from West Africa is being tested for the Ebola virus. The doctor had a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms and was taken Thursday to Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital. [Associated Press]
  2. Valrico mother looks to erase the stigma of drug addiction

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    VALRICO — A year ago, Terry Coffey's son Tim was enrolled at a Mississippi college and she thought he was doing well.

    The Coffeys, from left, daughter Katie, mom Terry, dad Matt, son Tim, daughter Molly and son-in-law Eric. Their sense of being a “good family” was shaken by Tim’s substance abuse.
  3. All U.S. travelers from three West African nations to be monitored for Ebola

    Health

    ATLANTA — All travelers who come into the United States from three Ebola-stricken West African nations will be monitored for three weeks, the latest step by federal officials to keep the disease from spreading into the country.

    President Barack Obama expressed optimism Wednesday about the Ebola situation in this country as he and Ebola coordinator Ron Klain addressed the media in the White House.
  4. Hospitals battle state over emergency care for undocumented immigrants

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A coalition of Florida hospitals is challenging a state policy on emergency care for undocumented immigrants.

  5. Laser Spine Institute sued over spinal fusion surgery

    Civil

    TAMPA — For people with back pain, Laser Spine Institute makes a tantalizing offer: high-tech surgeries that relieve suffering and let patients walk out the door in hours.

  6. Breast Cancer Awareness Day celebrates survivors, family

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    JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

    Natasha McClellan, left, and Willie Mae Jones sign words of encouragement Tuesday on a giant poster during Hills­borough County's Breast Cancer Awareness Day celebration in front of the Hillsborough County Center. The day honored the families and survivors of those affected by breast …

     Natasha McClellan, left, and Willie Mae Jones, right, sign words of encouragement on a giant poster during Hillsborough County's Breast Cancer Awareness Day celebration in front of the county center Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.  The celebration honored the families and survivors of those affected by breast cancer with a proclamation, education campaign and pink and white cookies.
  7. Poynter Institute will host African journalists denied by USF St. Petersburg

    College

    ST. PETERSBURG — A group of African journalists whose visit to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg was canceled because of Ebola fears has found another host.

  8. Q & A: What exactly can the CDC do about Ebola? (w/video)

    Health

    The Ebola epidemic in Africa and fears of it spreading in the U.S. have turned the nation's attention to the federal government's front-line public health agency: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But as with Ebola itself, there is much confusion about the role of the CDC and what it can and cannot …

    Bryan Christensen, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Barbara Smith, a nurse with Mount Sinai Health Systems, demonstrate the proper way to don personal protective equipment when treating Ebola at a session for health care workers Tuesday in New York.
  9. African journalists' visit to St. Petersburg canceled due to Ebola fears

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — The University of South Florida St. Petersburg has canceled the upcoming visit of 14 journalists from African countries, citing Ebola-related fears from faculty, students and staff.

  10. Ebola response highlights government cuts to public health

    Health

    The Ebola threat is calling attention to a problem years in the making: cuts to the programs and staff intended to prepare for just such a public health emergency.