Sen. Kennedy briefly hospitalized
Senator from Mass. apparently had bad reaction to medicine

BOSTON - Sen. Edward Kennedy, who has been in treatment for brain cancer, is back at home shortly after being taken by ambulance to a hospital near his Cape Cod vacation home Friday after complaining of feeling ill.

A statement issued by his office attributed the episode to a change in medications.

Sen. John Kerry said earlier that his fellow Massachusetts Democrat was well and hoped to be home to watch the evening's presidential debate between John McCain and Barack Obama.

Kennedy 'looks forward to watching the debate,' the statement from his office said.

A 911 call from the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port came about 5 p.m., said Barnstable police Sgt. Ben Baxter. Kennedy was taken to Cape Cod Hospital and was 'alert and responsive' during the trip, Baxter said.

He had a seizure in May and underwent surgery in June for a malignant brain tumor. After undergoing six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, he has been steadily increasing his public activity.

Kennedy had told reporters visiting his Hyannis Port home on Tuesday that he was actively following the presidential race. 'I'm going to be following it particularly next Friday,' the senator said with a laugh.

He received a visit that day from Chilean President Michelle Bachelet at his home in his first public appearance since he gave a surprise speech in late August at the Democratic National Convention.

Bachelet presented the senator with her country's highest civilian award - the Order to the Merit of Chile - in recognition of his opposition to the country's 1973 government overthrow and his work to cut off military aid to dictator Augusto Pinochet.