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Health Highlights: Jan. 14, 2019

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Trump Rules on Employer-Provided Birth Control Blocked by Judge

The Trump administration's new rules on employer-provided birth control have been blocked in some parts of the country by a judge in California.

The preliminary injunction against the rules allowing more companies to opt out of providing female employees with no-cost birth control apply to 13 states and Washington, D.C., the Associated Press reported.

Judge Haywood Gilliam ruled on Sunday in favor of plaintiffs seeking to prevent the rules from taking effect as scheduled on Monday while a lawsuit against them is before the courts.

However, Gilliam rejected the plaintiffs' request to block the rules nationwide, the AP reported.

The ruling applies to California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.


U.S. Doctor Released From Omaha Hospital After Ebola Monitoring

An American doctor who was monitored for 21 days after possible Ebola exposure did not develop the deadly disease and has been released from the Nebraska Medicine Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, officials say.

The unidentified doctor's possible exposure to Ebola occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where there is an Ebola outbreak.

"This person completed the required 21-day monitoring period and did not develop symptoms of the disease," Dr. Ted Cieslak, and infectious diseases specialist and associate professor of epidemiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health, said in a medical center news release.

"Because this individual was symptom-free throughout the monitoring period, it was determined they did not have Ebola, and therefore, were free to depart our facility and return home," Cieslak said.

The doctor arrived at the medical center for monitoring on Dec. 29. and was kept in a secure area not accessible to other patients or the public. After leaving the medical center on Jan. 12, the doctor left Omaha.

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