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Insurer Amerigroup says 4Q profit nearly doubles

February 18, 2011 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Heath insurer Amerigroup Corp. said Friday its fourth-quarter net income nearly doubled from a year ago on rate increases in three states.The results beat Wall Street's expectations and shares climbed $2.29, or 4.1 percent, to $58.09 in afternoon trading.Net income rose to $79.6 million, or...

Saint Louis U Scientists Partner on Malaria Research

February 18, 2011 10:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --  The Center for World Health & Medicine at Saint Louis University and China's Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health (GIBH) are forming a global research partnership that initially will focus on new treatments for...

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Grifols Starts Construction of a New Plasma Fractionation Plant in Barcelona (Parets Del Valles)

February 18, 2011 10:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 18, 2011 /- Grifols, the Spanish group which specializes in the hospital-pharmaceutical sector and is one of the world's leading producers of plasma products, will shortly start construction of a new plant representing an investment of 20 million euros that will...

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Smith & Nephew's Exclusive OXINIUMâ„¢ Material for Hip Replacement Implants Chosen for Premium Reimbursement in Japanese Market

February 18, 2011 10:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 18, 2011 /- OXINIUM™ Oxidized Zirconium, the patented advanced bearing material from Smith & Nephew (NYSE: SNN, LSE: SN) Orthopaedics Division, has been awarded a C1 premium reimbursement classification in Japan for use in hip replacement surgery. The...

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Creature Feature: Jumping Fleas, Burrowing Owls

February 18, 2011 9:39 am | Podcasts | Comments

Science Friday's video pick is a double feature. Scientists in the U.K. used high-speed photography to reveal how fleas leap. Mac Stone, wildlife photographer and field biologist, stuffed a camera in a traffic cone and got some beauty shots of burrowing owls in south Florida.

Can Science Be Used As A Diplomatic Tool?

February 18, 2011 9:39 am | Podcasts | Comments

Some moon craft house instruments from a handful of countries — an example of international scientific collaboration. But how valuable is science in the diplomatic sphere? Biologist Nina Fedoroff, former science adviser to both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton, talks about her time in...

Rumbling Underground, An Engineering Feat

February 18, 2011 9:39 am | Podcasts | Comments

In 2009, 1.6 billion people hopped on the New York City subway. But how was it built? MTA Capital Construction president Michael Horodniceanu and historian Clifton Hood discuss the engineering techniques used to tunnel through Manhattan — from sticks of dynamite to a one-million-pound...

Could Gaming Be Good For You?

February 18, 2011 9:38 am | Podcasts | Comments

What if games could help solve, rather than exacerbate, real-world problems? Jane McGonigal, author of the new book, Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, thinks they can. She explains how games fulfill needs that reality doesn't, and how to make...

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Science Funding And The Budget

February 18, 2011 9:38 am | Podcasts | Comments

What are President Obama's spending priorities when it comes to science and technology? White House Science Advisor John Holdren discusses the President's proposed 2012 budget. Plus, Congressman Rush Holt on Congress's plans to cut science spending from this year's budget.

Boston Scientific moves stents into Indian market

February 18, 2011 9:37 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corp. has launched its Promus Element Everolimus-Eluting Coronary Stent System and Taxus Element Paclitaxel-Eluting Coronary Stent System in India, noting that India is one of the world's fastest growing drug-eluding stent markets.

Waters OKs $500M share buyback

February 18, 2011 8:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Waters Corp. said Friday its board approved a plan to repurchase up to $500 million in shares over the next two years.Shares of the company, which makes instruments used to separate compounds used in biochemistry, rose $2.33, or 2.9 percent, to $82.82 in midday trading.The company's previous...

Earnings Preview:Medtronic to report 3Q on Tuesday

February 18, 2011 8:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic Inc., the world's largest medical device maker, announces its fiscal third-quarter earnings on Tuesday morning before markets open.WHAT TO WATCH FOR: In late December, Medtronic announced that CEO Bill Hawkins will step down in April after three years leading the company. During...

HealthSpring 4Q profit jumps on Bravo buyout

February 18, 2011 8:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Insurance provider HealthSpring Inc. said Friday that its fourth-quarter earnings rose 31 percent, as revenue jumped on premium and membership gains from the buyout of Bravo Health Inc.The company completed its $545 million buyout of Bravo, which is a Medicare Advantage plan operator, in...

Micron reveals ?Hyper Memory Cube? 3DIC Technology

February 18, 2011 8:37 am | by I-Micronews | News | Comments

A few weeks ago Mark Durcan, COO of Micron, at the IEEE ISS meeting in Half Moon Bay commented that Micron is ''sampling products based on TSVs? and that ?Mass production for TSV-based 3-D chips are slated for the next year or 18 month.

Europe attracts American researchers

February 18, 2011 7:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Karolinska Institutet) One of the goals of the European Research Council, ERC, is to bring the world's leading researchers to work in Europe. American Juleen Zierath is one of those who have received funds from the ERC. She found the best environment for her research at Karolinska...

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