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Canada’s London Drugs to celebrate Vinyl Record Day

BY DSN STAFF

RICHMOND, B.C. — In celebration of Vinyl Record Day on Aug. 12, which marks the day Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877, Canadian retailer London Drugs is joining the party.

London Drugs is the first large retailer to offer a vast collection of vinyl, and has expanded its collection to hundreds of titles over the last few years. The chain has become a go-to location for vinyl enthusiasts and has seen the audience for vinyl double over the last four years. The audience now includes younger fans who are just now experiencing vinyl records for the first time, as well as older fans who grew up on vinyl LPs and have once again discovered them.

Vinyl sales in the United States have grown by around 40% the first half of 2014 compared with the same time frame in 2013.

"These statistics reveal a telling story — that vinyl records are no longer just a blast from the past," said Andy Kahrmann, business unit manager at London Drugs. "We are seeing new generations discover vinyl for the first time, and at the same time we have long-time vinyl enthusiasts rediscovering the world of vinyl."

London Drugs is inviting vinyl enthusiasts across Western Canada to celebrate Vinyl Record Day on Aug.12 at any store location. Stores will be participating by spinning vinyl and providing sales discounts on various items. In addition, customers will be given a party kit checklist in preparation of their own Vinyl Record Day celebrations.

London Drugs has 79 stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
 

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Team develops app that can diagnose disease through blood imaging

BY Michael Johnsen

LONDON — Star Trek's tricorder may be one step closer to reality. The BBC on Tuesday reported that a team has developed an app and small lens add-on that allows blood-cell analysis via a smartphone. 
 
The Athelas app can detect diseases such as malaria and cancers in seconds, through predictive cell counting, according to the team that developed the app.
 
"We've built a low-cost lens attachment to the smartphone camera that images blood at high magnification," the team wrote in describing the app. "The attachment magnifies and focuses on the sample by means of a 1-mm ball lens. Most importantly, we've implemented computer vision to algorithmically count and identify cells in the bloodstream to automatically diagnose diseases and conditions." 
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NYT: Walmart marketing itself as primary care provider

BY Antoinette Alexander

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — With a handful of primary care locations already in operation, Walmart is reportedly making a more aggressive push into medical care by not only planning to open additional clinics but it is also marketing itself as a primary care provider, the New York Times has reported.

Walmart currently has five primary care clinics in South Carolina and Texas, and is opening a sixth location on Friday in Palestine, Texas. Another six locations are slated to open by year-end, the New York Times reported.

With a broader range of services, like chronic disease management, compared with the acute care clinics leased by hospital operators at Walmart stores around the country, the retailer is putting the clinics in more rural areas where physicians can be scarce and where medical care can be quite expensive, according to the New York Times article.

To open the clinics, which are run by nurse practitioners and medical assistants, Walmart has partnered with QuadMed. Each clinic has a supervisory physician who oversees compliance and prescriptions at one or two clinics, the New York Times stated, but the physician does not actually treat patients.
 

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