ALSO NOTED: PA health plan merger turns on exec salary disclosures; second Medtronic case heard by the Supreme Court; and much

> The blockbuster merger between Pennsylvania health plans Independence Blue Cross and Highmark may turn on how forthright executives are about their future pay--and whether insurance officials like what they say. Article

> The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear the much-watched case against device-maker Medtronic, which is arguing that it shouldn't face state claims over failures of its technology. Article

> New research may give Avandia yet another black eye. In addition to causing heart troubles, it seems that the drug may also increase osteoporosis risk. Article

> In a sobering development, federal health officials are substantially boosting their estimate of how many people are infected by HIV each year. Article

And Finally... This guy was a really fast dinosaur. (But wouldn't you be if T-Rex was after you?)  Article