ALSO NOTED: PA health plan merger to proceed; Baylor plans African AIDS program; and much more...

> Another health plan deal will roll ahead. The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice antitrust division have approved the merger of two large Pennsylvania health plans, Independence Blue Cross and Highmark. Article

> Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital are partnering with an AIDS group to create a pediatric HIV care and treatment center in Kenya. The center is funded by Bristol-Myers Squibb. Article

> HealthSouth has partnered with a New Jersey-based therapy firm to market its robot-assistance rehab machine. Article

> InRoomMD, a Charlotte, NC-based company offering convenient healthcare for travelers, has acquired a Phoenix competitor. Article

> A Harvard Medical School researcher has joined with two New York hedge funds to create a new million-dollar annual award for the best new thinking in cancer research. Report

> Some of the country's top biomedical researchers have been beating a path to Congress in an attempt to fend off deep cuts in research funds. Report

And Finally... See? We have more in common with those hip Europeans than you thought. Article