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  1. At Dr. Jay's Suncoast Hospice clinic, East meets West

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    CLEARWATER

    He had writhed in pain for 12 years before he reached for the gun.

    Dr. Jay Poonkasem, who runs the Integrative Medicine Clinic at Suncoast Hospice, applies acupuncture to the scalp of Ronald Britton, 70, who has found relief from chronic pain and turned from skeptic to big believer.
  2. Ebola precautions explained by Tampa Bay health officials

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    TAMPA — As details emerged about the Liberian man diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas, local medical authorities continued preparing health workers for the possibility of a similar event in the Tampa Bay area, while reassuring the public.

    Dr. Peggy Thompson, director of infection prevention at Tampa General Hospital, shows a suit that would protect caregivers.
  3. Health officials monitor five Dallas children for signs of Ebola

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    DALLAS — The man who has become the first Ebola patient to develop symptoms in the United States told officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sept. 26 that he had just arrived from West Africa, but he was not admitted that day because that information was not passed along at the hospital, officials …

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

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    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]
  5. Ebola's arrival in U.S. was inevitable, experts say

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    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]
  6. U.S. confirms first Ebola case, in Texas

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    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.
  7. Florida hospitals prepare for Ebola cases

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    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.

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

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

  9. Hillsborough schools announce free flu vaccine program for students

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    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.
  10. Seafood quality is key

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    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.