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A health worker puts on protective gear in Liberia, where Ebola has spread across the entire countryHealth officials: Lapse in diagnosis, quarantine should be a lesson in what not to do in future.

2014-10-02 08:33:32 -0600

Jordan MatsonBy Tom Perry and Fiona Ortiz BEIRUT/CHICAGO (Reuters) - A U.S. citizen has joined Kurdish forces fighting against Islamic State militants in northern Syria, a spokesman for the main Kurdish armed group in the country said on Thursday. The Kurdish official said that Jordan Matson had joined the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), who are mainly battling advances by Islamic State close to Syria's borders with Turkey and Iraq. "Yes it is true," YPG spokesman Redur Xelil said in an online message. "He is fighting in the Jazaa area. ...

2014-10-02 07:59:54 -0600

FILE - This undated file handout photo provided by Gilead Sciences shows the hepatitis C medication Sovaldi. Facing ballooning costs for the $1,000 pill to treat hepatitis C, Illinois’ Medicaid program is putting tight restrictions into place. Patients must now meet 25 criteria before the government health care program will pay for the new drug that holds promise for a cure but at a budget-straining expense. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Gilead Sciences, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Thursday it will decide whether private sector health care providers can force a state to raise its Medicaid reimbursement rates to keep up with the rising cost of services.

2014-10-02 08:42:10 -0600