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AP Top Health News at 11:30 a.m. EDT

To reverse damage of sitting, take a brisk, hour-long walk
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LONDON (AP) -- If you spend all day sitting, then you might want to schedule some time for a brisk walk - just make sure you can spare at least an hour....

A new threat in fight against overdoses: Elephant sedative
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A drug used to sedate elephants and other large animals, 100 times as potent as the fentanyl already escalating the country's heroin troubles, is suspected in spates of overdoses in several states, where authorities say they've found it mixed with or passed off as heroin....

Mosquitoes suspected in 2 new mysterious Florida Zika cases
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Florida health officials are investigating two more mysterious cases of Zika infection that do not appear to be related to travel, bringing the total to four....





Army secretary touts importance of mental health
HONOLULU (AP) -- Army Secretary Eric Fanning says the Army is paying more attention to behavioral health and making sure anyone who's injured while defending the nation gets the treatment they need....

Anthem prepping for hardball fight with feds over Cigna deal
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Anthem has no intention of backing away quietly from its plan to buy rival Cigna in the face of federal opposition, and the company looks ready to play hardball....

Senator: Is Medicare drug plan vulnerable to exploitation?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior senator is examining whether Medicare's prescription drug benefit is vulnerable to manipulation by pharmaceutical companies that set very high prices for medications....

ALS-related gene found with help from Ice Bucket Challenge
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The ALS Association is crediting money raised through the Ice Bucket Challenge for the discovery of a gene's connection to the progressive disease....

Rauner: Illinois doing all it can on Legionnaires' cases
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday that the state is doing everything it can to prevent the spread of Legionnaires' disease at a veterans home where an outbreak last year sickened 53 people, including 12 who died....

Severe birth defects not as lethal as docs once said: Study
CHICAGO (AP) -- Parents of newborns with rare genetic conditions used to hear the grim words that the severe birth defects were "incompatible with life." Support groups and social media showing the exceptions have changed the landscape. So has mounting research suggesting that not all such babies are doomed to die....

9/11 worker pleads for medical coverage with billboards
WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey man who spent three weeks looking for survivors in the days after the 9/11 attacks is using billboards in a push to have his kidney disease added to the list of covered conditions by a fund to help Ground Zero workers with health problems....