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AP Top Health News At 7:44 a.m. EDT

Study: Tiny, wireless pacemaker could be surgery-free option
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LONDON (AP) -- A tiny, wireless pacemaker could offer some heart patients a surgery-free alternative to the traditional devices, a new study says. Some doctors, however, say there are lingering safety questions and warned patients not to rush to get the new technology. ...

Q&A: Questions, answers in Planned Parenthood controversy
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Planned Parenthood Federation of America is defending its abortion practices and its donation of fetal tissue for medical research....

Leading stem cell scientist cleared of misconduct charges
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LONDON (AP) -- Sweden's Karolinska Institute says a leading stem cell scientist accused of unethical behavior has been cleared of scientific misconduct though he sometimes acted without due care....





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
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
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....