Vital Signs: Nurse Kaci Hickox details Ebola mission

The Vital Signs newsletter is back in the saddle this week, wishing you all a healthy 2015.

The new year brings us a familiar face: Kaci Hickox, the Maine nurse who garnered international attention after defying quarantine orders in two states. She spoke in South Portland on Tuesday about her experience treating Ebola patients at the heart of the devastating outbreak in West Africa.

On her first day treating patients in Sierra Leone, Hickox recalled asking a woman if anyone in her family had been stricken with Ebola. “Her response to me was, ‘17 of my family members have died in the last two months,’” Hickox said.

After her presentation, the conversation turned to Hickox’s reception upon returning to the U.S., with a fellow nurse in the audience challenging her defiance of government officials.

Kaci Hickox, Maine nurse who defied quarantine, details Ebola mission

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In case you missed it, be sure to check our new series on the Affordable Care Act. For the second time, we teamed up with the Lewiston Sun Journal to demystify the health reform law and detail how Obamacare’s playing out in Maine.

The next year will prove a key test, as consumers continue sorting out what the health reform law means for them, politicians wage war over its many provisions, and the Supreme Court weighs a case that could bring it to its knees. Or not.

The latest battle over the law? How to define the American workweek. Here’s Sen. Susan Collins’ take.

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Compiled by Health Editor Jackie Farwell

Jackie Farwell

About Jackie Farwell

I'm the health editor for the Bangor Daily News, a Bangor native, a UMaine grad, and a weekend crossword warrior. I never get sick of writing about Maine people, geeking out over health care data, and finding new ways to help you stay well. I live in Gorham with my husband Nick and our hound dog Riley.