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UnitedHealth Group trims 3Q lobbying to $550,000

December 17, 2010 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Managed care company UnitedHealth Group Inc. slashed its third-quarter lobbying spending by 46 percent compared with the same quarter last year, when the health care reform overhaul debate heated up in Congress.The Minnetonka, Minn., insurer spent $550,000 in the three months that ended Sept....

Express Scripts expansion could mean 150 jobs

December 17, 2010 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The pharmacy benefit manager firm Express Scripts Inc. is adding a fourth building at its headquarters site in north St. Louis County, a move expected to create up to 150 new jobs.Gov. Jay Nixon was on hand Friday to join in the announcement. The 227,000-square-foot building will open in about...

Express Scripts expansion may mean 150 jobs in Mo.

December 17, 2010 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The pharmacy benefit manager firm Express Scripts Inc. is adding a fourth building at its headquarters site in north St. Louis County, a move expected to create up to 150 new jobs.Gov. Jay Nixon was on hand Friday to join in the announcement. The 227,000-square-foot building will open in about...

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<i>Blog: </i>No fear means new scientific possibilities

December 17, 2010 11:32 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Lynette Cornell blogs: A middle-aged woman with no concept of fear has helped scientists learn more about how the brain not only perceives the fear of others but responds to fear-inducing stimuli itself. The discovery holds great promise for many potential applications in managing fear,...

WellPoint spent $1.1 M on 3Q federal lobbying

December 17, 2010 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Health insurer WellPoint Inc. spent $1.1 million lobbying the federal government in the third quarter, as it focused on several issues tied to the health care overhaul Congress passed in March.The Indianapolis insurer lobbied on Medicare Advantage and implementation of the overhaul, which aims...

GE Healthcare finishes first part of Clarient bid

December 17, 2010 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE Healthcare said Friday that it completed the first part of its offering for diagnostic services company Clarient Inc.The General Electric Co. unit agreed in October to buy Clarient for $570 million in cash, or about $5 per share. GE Healthcare said about 84 percent of Clarient's common and...

The Man Who Turned Taxidermy Into An Art Form

December 17, 2010 10:34 am | Podcasts | Comments

In Kingdom Under Glass, author Jay Kirk tells the life story of Carl Akeley, the pioneering taxidermist and adventurer who once killed a leopard with his bare hands. Taxidermist David Schwendeman runs his family's 90-year-old studio and describes the techniques and hazards of modern taxidermy.

Lunar Eclipse Is A Winter Sky Highlight

December 17, 2010 10:34 am | Podcasts | Comments

The shadow of the Earth will pass over the moon late Monday, Dec. 20, into Tuesday morning. Meteorologist and sky watcher Joe Rao discusses the lunar eclipse, and other astronomical events to look out for this winter, including an early dawn visit by Venus on Christmas Day.

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Living Without Fear

December 17, 2010 10:34 am | Podcasts | Comments

Doctors at University of Iowa have been studying a female patient they call "SM" for more than 20 years. SM has a damaged amygdala, a part of the brain. As a result, she doesn't experience fear. Daniel Tranel explains what doctors have learned from SM and how that information might be useful.

Visions Of Energy Efficiency Danced In Their Heads

December 17, 2010 10:34 am | Podcasts | Comments

Homeowners hoping to save on utility bills may want to ask Santa for a storm door or insulation. Dec. 31 is the deadline for the energy tax credits that could cut your tax bill by up to $1,500. Science Friday runs down how to save some green this winter.

Science Diction: The Origin Of The Word 'Comet'

December 17, 2010 10:34 am | Podcasts | Comments

Although comets were sighted at least as early as 1000 B.C., Greek natural philosophers named them sometime around 500 B.C., using the Greek word kometes for "a head with long hair." Science historian Howard Markel discusses the word's origins and the study of comets through the centuries.

Who's Tracking You Online?

December 17, 2010 10:34 am | Podcasts | Comments

Many top websites deposit tracking tools on Internet surfers' computers, in order to help online marketers target ads. Ira Flatow and guests discuss Internet tracking, and the Federal Trade Commission's suggestion that browser makers build in a sort of "do not track" button.

Katz joins NeuroMetrix board

December 17, 2010 10:33 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

NeuroMetrix Inc., a Waltham-based developer of medical devices and therapies to treat neurological and spinal conditions, has appointed Nancy Katz to its board of directors.

FDA Workshop - Assuring the Safety and Effectiveness of Seizure, Cognitive Function, and TBI/Sports Concussion Diagnostic Devices, June 2-3, 2011

December 17, 2010 10:33 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Attendees will discuss approaches and endpoints for clinical studies for these devices and how the results should be conveyed to the users so that the devices may be used effectively.

RXi plans IND for anti-scarring treatment

December 17, 2010 10:33 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

RXi Pharmaceuticals Corp. of Worcester is preparing to bring its first RNAi product into development, with the filing of an investigational new drug (IND) application for its therapeutic candidate in reducing surgical scarring.

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