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Six in quarantine in Connecticut as U.S. steps up Ebola checks

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WEST HAVEN, Conn. - Connecticut placed six West Africans who recently arrived in the United States under quarantine for possible Ebola exposure, a move that comes as the United States starts new restrictions on those coming from the countries hardest hit by the deadly virus.

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Drugmakers may need indemnity for fast-tracked Ebola vaccines 2:55pm BST

LONDON/GENEVA - Drugmakers are looking for some kind of indemnity from governments or multilateral agencies against possible losses or claims arising from the widespread emergency use of new Ebola vaccines in Africa.

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Fixing 'Ebolanomics' in pursuit of vaccines and drugs 3:48pm BST

LONDON - As researchers from Africa to China to America race to develop vaccines and treatments to fight Ebola, health experts are grappling with the economics of a disease that until this year had been off the drug industry's radar.

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WHO wary of screening arriving passengers for Ebola, but no ban 5:11pm BST

GENEVA - Screening passengers for Ebola on their arrival may have "a limited effect" in stopping the virus spreading but whether it adds anything to exit screening from affected countries is a decision for governments, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

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U.S. government grants five open Ebola waste permits 8:10pm BST

CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued five "non-site-specific" special permits to companies for handling waste related to the Ebola virus that has killed one patient in the United States, triggering fear about the spread of the disease.

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WHO voices confidence no wider spread of Ebola in Africa 7:09pm BST

GENEVA/LONDON - The World Health Organization said on Thursday it was still trying to slow the rate of new infections but had "reasonable confidence" that the Ebola virus plaguing three West African countries had not spread into neighboring states.

'Exposure therapy' helps patients with prolonged grief 7:58pm BST

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adding one-on-one sessions focused on reliving the experience of losing a loved one to regular group therapy appears to help more patients with prolonged grief, according to a new study.

Blue-light blocking glasses may help sleep after screen time 5:54pm BST

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The blue glow from televisions and other screens suppresses natural mechanisms that help us fall asleep at night, but blocking just the blue wavelength may restore normal nighttime sleepiness, according to a new study.

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Some U.S. hospitals weigh withholding care to Ebola patients 12:16am BST

CHICAGO/NEW YORK - The Ebola crisis is forcing the American healthcare system to consider the previously unthinkable: withholding some medical interventions because they are too dangerous to doctors and nurses and unlikely to help a patient.

Gay community under attack in Liberia over Ebola outbreak 1:40pm BST

DAKAR/NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Leroy Ponpon doesn't know whether to lock himself in his flat in Monrovia because of the deadly Ebola virus, or because he is gay. Christian churches' recent linking of the two have made life hell for him and hundreds of other gays.