Merger of Cigna and Express Scripts Gets Approval From Justice Dept.

Federal officials on Monday gave the go-ahead to the proposed merger between Cigna, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, and Express Scripts, a major pharmacy benefit manager. The $52 billion deal, announced last March, is one of two proposed transactions involving pharmacy companies before the Justice Department. Last December, Aetna, another giant insurer, announced…

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Nonfiction: The Quest to Create and Perfect an Artificial Heart

These physicians include Cooley and his rival, Michael DeBakey, whose design Cooley supposedly stole. That artificial heart was an unwieldy honeydew melon-size piece of plastic that pumped blood using compressed air. Cooley’s protégé, Bud Frazier, continued the work of refining artificial hearts, eventually championing a design in which the device doesn’t pump so much as…

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Front Burner: Coffee, Their Way

Advertisement Front Burner Felix Roasting Co. on Park Avenue South makes coffee from scratch, mostly. Image A hickory smoked s’mores latte at Felix Roasting Co.CreditCreditMoya McAllister for The New York Times Sept. 17, 2018 The new Felix Roasting Co. coffee bar and cafe makes a strong visual statement, with custom wallpapers, intricate stone flooring and…

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Front Burner: Egg Pastas With More Oomph

Advertisement Front Burner Al Dente Pasta has added spinach and turmeric flavors in fun shapes to its lineup. Image CreditCreditSonny Figueroa/The New York Times Sept. 17, 2018 Though Al Dente Pasta is factory-made, it delivers the characteristics of fresh homemade egg pasta. That’s because the founder, Monique Deschaine, trained with Marcella Hazan, and Ms. Deschaine’s…

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