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AP Top Health News at 1:53 p.m. EDT

One-fourth of US cancer deaths linked with 1 thing: smoking
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CHICAGO (AP) -- Cigarettes contribute to more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the U.S. The rate is highest among men in Southern states where smoking is more common and tobacco control policies are less strict....

As Medicaid loses stigma, election may cloud its future
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Medicaid, often stigmatized among government health care programs, is finally coming into its own....

AP FACT CHECK: Health insurance costs up, but not doubling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A claim from the final presidential debate and how it stacks up with the facts:...

Lawmakers demand answers on leukemia drug price hikes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two top lawmakers on Thursday demanded information from a drug company that has raised prices on a leukemia drug, calling increases of tens of thousands of dollars a sign the company puts profits before patients....

India launches phone app to monitor New Delhi's pollution
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's capital, laboring under the label of being the world's most polluted city, is trying something new to help clean up its air....

Raising a vegan baby: Parents say abuse cases give a bad rap
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- There's a right way and a wrong way to raise a baby on vegan food. Those who get it wrong, parents say, give the responsible ones a bad name....

Insurer Cigna eases rules for opioid addiction medication
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The health insurer Cigna has agreed to end a policy that required physicians to fill out extra paperwork before they could give patients a drug used to treat opioid addiction....

Watchdog: EPA delayed for 7 months in Flint water crisis
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency had sufficient authority and information to issue an emergency order to protect residents of Flint, Michigan, from lead-contaminated water as early as June 2015 - seven months before it declared an emergency, the EPA's inspector general said Thursday....

Preteens need only 2 HPV shots _ not 3, CDC says
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's now easier for preteens to get the cervical cancer vaccine....

Feds look into claim of unofficial VA wait lists in Colorado
DENVER (AP) -- Government investigators said they are looking into allegations that Department of Veterans Affairs employees in Colorado kept unofficial lists of veterans waiting for health care that could conceal how long it takes to get an appointment, possibly broadening a nationwide scandal....

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