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Bike-riding nurse defies Ebola quarantine, on collision course with governor

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CAPE ELIZABETH Maine - A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine's order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage. | Video

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New York unveils incentives for workers in West Africa Ebola fight 6:37pm GMT

NEW YORK - New York officials on Thursday announced a program to encourage healthcare professionals to work in Ebola-hit West Africa, an effort to deflect criticism that the state's mandatory quarantine could hamper the battle against the disease.

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Ebola health worker restrictions could deter others: U.S. envoy 3:32pm GMT

BRUSSELS - Some countries are yet to shoulder their share of the Ebola response burden and some restrictions on aid workers returning home from West African nations hit hardest by the disease could deter thousands from helping, Samantha Power, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations, said on Thursday.

Individual genetic differences may affect Ebola survival: study 7:02pm GMT

CHICAGO - Scientists have been puzzling for years over why some people survive Ebola while many others perish. A new study provides strong evidence that individual genetic differences play a major role in whether people die from the disease.

To stop Ebola's spread in West Africa, target funerals: study 6:02pm GMT

NEW YORK - As the global health community ramps up its efforts to treat Ebola patients and curb its spread in West Africa, a new analysis finds that the greatest impact would come from insuring safe burials for victims, scientists reported on Thursday.

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World Bank funding for Ebola fight hits $500 million 2:43pm GMT

GENEVA - The World Bank pledged $100 million on Thursday to help recruit more foreign health workers in the fight against Ebola, taking its funding for the three worst-hit countries to more than half a billion dollars over the past three months.

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In Guangdong, nervy Chinese ramp up Ebola watch 12:46pm GMT

HONG KONG - Chinese authorities have identified the southern province of Guangdong, home to Asia's biggest African population, as a frontline in their efforts to prevent the deadly Ebola virus from entering mainland China.

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Insurers have big plans for 2015 Obamacare enrollment 5:07pm GMT

- U.S. insurers planning to sell 2015 Obamacare health plans expect at least 20 percent growth in customers and in some states anticipate more than doubling sign-ups.

Kimberly-Clark faces $500 million suit over Ebola protection gown 5:10pm GMT

- A Southern California law firm has sued Kimberly-Clark Corp for more than $500 million, alleging that the Kleenex tissue maker committed fraud by marketing and selling some of its surgical gowns as protection against Ebola.

Sandwiches may be a source of too much dietary salt 10:19pm GMT

(Reuters Health) - Americans consume too much sodium, according to current guidelines, and much of the excess may be hidden in our sandwiches, researchers say.