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AP Top Health News At 9:10 p.m. EDT

FDA lays out proposal for naming lower-cost biotech drugs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration released its proposal Thursday for naming lower-cost biotech drugs, a critical step in creating a market for the new class of medicines....

Planned Parenthood alleges 'smear' in letter to Congress
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Planned Parenthood Federation of America defended its practices Thursday in a lengthy letter to congressional leaders and included a report by experts it hired who found undercover videos of officials discussing fetal tissue for research were heavily altered by anti-abortion activists....

Contact lens makers take fight over price law to court
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DENVER (AP) -- Contact lens makers struggled Thursday to defend their pricing policies in a federal appeals case that could have wide-ranging effects on the $4 billion industry....





Health official: States should post local vaccination info
NEW YORK (AP) -- How many kids are vaccinated at your child's school? Federal health officials think you should be able to easily find out....

What killed Knut? Riddle of polar bear's death solved
BERLIN (AP) -- The sudden death four years ago of Knut, the celebrity Berlin Zoo polar bear who ended up on the cover of Vanity Fair, shocked his fans around the world and posed a riddle for veterinarians anxious to keep other animals from suffering the same fate....

Amgen wins approval for second biotech cholesterol drug
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amgen Inc. has won federal approval for the second medicine in a new class of pricey biotech drugs that reduce artery-clogging cholesterol more than older statin drugs that have been used for decades....

Woman gives birth to conjoined twins in Colorado
AURORA, Colo. (AP) -- A Colorado hospital where a Minnesota woman gave birth to conjoined twins said Thursday that one of the babies died after a complicated five-hour separation procedure....

Utah man dies from plague in 4th fatal case in US this year
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Utah man in his 70s has died after contracting the plague, bringing to four the number of deaths from the disease reported in the United States this year, health officials said Thursday....

Amputees decry Medicare payment overhaul for artificial feet
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is trying to disentangle itself from another controversy over Medicare coverage. Amputees are protesting this time, fearing they'll be denied the latest technology for artificial legs and feet....

Tackling goes high-tech at Dartmouth with new dummies
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) -- On the Ivy League campus of Dartmouth College, even the football tackling dummies are smart....