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AP Top Health News At 1:44 p.m. EDT

High costs plague some state-run health insurance markets
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- State-run health insurance markets that offer coverage under President Barack Obama's health law are struggling with high costs and disappointing enrollment. These challenges could lead more of them to turn over operations to the federal government or join forces with other states....

Planned Parenthood official says no profit from fetal organs
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The president of Planned Parenthood said her organization's clinics never adjust the abortion procedure to better preserve fetal organs for medical research and that the organization's charges cover only the cost of transmission to researchers....

FDA OKs breakthrough cholesterol drug for high-risk patients
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a first-of-a-kind drug that lowers artery-clogging cholesterol more than older drugs that have been prescribed for decades....

Software turns smartphones into tools for medical research
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Jody Kearns doesn't like to spend time obsessing about her Parkinson's disease. The 56-year-old dietitian from Syracuse, New York, had to give up bicycling because the disorder affected her balance. But she still works, drives and tries to live a normal life....

Beverage group sues city over soda warnings, advertising ban
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The American Beverage Association has sued the city of San Francisco, claiming new legislation requiring health warning labels on sugary beverages and prohibiting advertisements of them on city property violates the First Amendment....

Brain disorder center's closing sends ripples nationwide
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- When Tyler Richardson's son hit puberty, the combination of hormones and new strength from a growth spurt added an element of danger to a long history of unpredictable behavior because of autism and severe anger problems....

Judge rules Alzheimer's project belongs to UC San Diego
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge has ruled that control of a landmark project on Alzheimer's disease belongs to the University of California, San Diego - handing the school a major victory in its lawsuit against the University of Southern California....

Lifestyle changes may guard aging brain against memory loss
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The latest Alzheimer's research has a clear theme: Change your lifestyle to protect your brain....

FDA OK's Odomzo from Novartis for common skin cancer type
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- A new drug for advanced basal cell carcinoma, an increasingly common cancer in the skin's top layer, has won Food and Drug Administration approval....

EU regulator recommends 1st license for malaria vaccine
LONDON (AP) -- The European Medicines Agency has recommended approving what would be the world's first licensed malaria vaccine, even though it's only about 30 percent effective and its protection fades over time....