Tenn. hospital to open retail clinic in Walmart
ALCOA, Tenn. Blount Memorial Hospital is looking to open a retail-based health clinic inside Walmart here on Sept. 27, marking the retailer’s first health clinic in Tennessee, according to published reports.
Two nurse practitioners and two support personnel members will staff "The Clinic at Walmart," which will have a footprint of 416 sq. ft., according to reports.
In other Tennessee clinic news, Express Health Clinic is expected to open its fourth clinic this week inside Lee’s Total Health Pharmacy in Sevierville. Another clinic will open later this month in Munsey Pharmacy in Oak Ridge, and one more will open on Oct. 1 within Apple Discount Drugs in Clinton, according to a report by the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Artificial Life launches GluCoMo app for diabetics
LOS ANGELES A leading provider of award-winning mobile 3G technology and applications recently launched a mobile app for diabetics.
Artificial Life said its app GluCoMo (short for glucose monitor) is an electronic diary and reminder system that keeps track of many diabetes-related activities in one centralized mobile hub. The comprehensive readings recorded within the app include: blood sugar level, insulin intake, weight, pulse, physical activity, dietary intake, blood pressure and medication intake. GluCoMo users also may adjust their activities by reviewing their entry history through easy-to-use informative graph visualizations, and set up automatic reminders to alert themselves of different health-related activities, Artificial Life said.
GluCoMo is available for download on Apple’s app store.
PhRMA: Drug, vaccine development for infectious diseases grows
BOSTON Close to 400 drugs and vaccines are in development for fighting infectious diseases, according to one of the pharmaceutical industry’s largest lobbying groups.
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America announced Friday that drug makers have 395 new medicines and vaccines in clinical development or under review by the Food and Drug Administration. These include five vaccines and six drugs for malaria, as well as agents for infections like cholera, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and the Ebola virus.
“Infectious diseases continue to cause great human suffering, and the effort to conquer them is one of the greatest human endeavors,” PhRMA president and CEO John Castellani said. “Many once-deadly diseases have been nearly wiped out or are effectively controlled thanks to medical progress, but much more needs to be done.”