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Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants....

Ohio city detects Lake Erie toxins that led to 2014 crisis
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Toledo has detected the first signs in Lake Erie of the dangerous toxin that resulted in a water crisis last year that left 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan without safe tap water for two days....

Health care spending to accelerate, US report says

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's respite from accelerating health care costs appears to be over....




FDA approves stomach-filling balloon for weight loss
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health regulators say they have approved an inflatable medical balloon that helps patients lose weight by filling up space in the stomach....

Romanian officials raid homes in medicines corruption probe
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romanian prosecutors have searched dozens of home and offices looking for evidence that drug companies offered doctors vacations and other incentives in exchange for prescribing cancer drugs....

Boy who lost limbs to infection gets double-hand transplant
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- An 8-year-old boy who lost his limbs to a serious infection has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant, surgeons said Tuesday....

US expects to pay farmers $191 million for birds lost to flu
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The U.S. government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday as he called for Congress to consider a disaster program for poultry producers similar to that for other livestock farmers....

Planned Parenthood official says no profit from fetal organs
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....

High costs plague some state-run health insurance markets
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....

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....

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