Urgent-care facilities are surging in popularity nationwide

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They are popping up in many neighborhoods, replacing former bank branches or closed supermarkets, and they’re bringing a new script to medical care.

Urgent-care facilities are a hybrid between the local doctor’s practice and the hospital emergency room.

Urgent care is now an $18 billion industry, with some 8,125 centers around the country, making it a small but growing part of the overall $3.4 trillion medical spending in the US in 2017.

The industry has a projected annual growth rate of 6 percent, or about 400 to 500 new facilities a year, according to the trade group Urgent Care Association.

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Will the rise of the pharmacy clinic disrupt the American health care system?

Pharmacy clinics provide the sort of basic care that most people need at a fraction of the cost.

The U.S. is getting fatter, older, and in need of more medical care.  There’s a huge opportunity for companies to really disrupt the American health care system because of this. The opportunity waits in plain sight at your local pharmacy, and some companies like Walgreens and CVS have taken notice and hope that you will too.

 

 

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Wal-Mart may expand healthcare services at it’s clinics

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 Wal-Mart already has 140 independently operated clinics in its stores across the country.

Wal-Mart may expand on its 140 in-store health clinics by partnering with outside vendors to provide chronic and preventative health care services for everything from HIV and diabetes to pregnancy testing.

 

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Solar-Powered Camel Clinics Carry Medicine Across The Desert

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 I go out a walking… with my camel… in the desert…
Kenya’s camels recently started sporting some unusual apparel: eco-friendly refrigerators! Some of the African country’s camels are carrying the solar-powered mini fridges on their backs as part of a test project that uses camels as mobile health clinics. Organizers hope the eco-friendly transport system will provide a cheap, reliable way of getting much-needed medicines and vaccines to rural communities in Kenya and Ethiopia.
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Key To Early Cancer Diagnosis Discovered By Bioengineering Student

Key To Early Cancer Diagnosis Discovered By Bioengineering Student

Raj Krishnan, a PhD student in bioengineering at the University of California San Diego (UCSD)

Cancers that are detected early have the best chance of being cured but, until now, there were no methods of detecting cancer at its earliest stages.  Raj Krishnan, a PhD student in bioengineering at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), has created a technology for the early diagnosis of cancer, giving new hope and possibility to cures that have eluded cancer victims for years because their diagnoses were too late.

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Incubators Made Out Of Car Parts To Curb Infant Mortality In Developing Countries

Incubators Made Out Of Car Parts To Curb Infant Mortality In Developing Countries 

The heat source is a pair of headlights. A car door alarm signals emergencies. An auto air filter and fan provide climate control. But this contraption has nothing to do with transportation. It is a sturdy, low-cost incubator, designed to keep vulnerable newborns warm during the first fragile days of life.

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