Walmart to build parking lot health clinics, lack of oral health care tied to chronic illness, and more

1. Walmart to add health clinics to its parking lots

Where can you shop for groceries, pick up motor oil and see a healthcare provider all in one spot? At a Walmart Town Center. Walmart is transforming extra parking lot space into a catch-all for its customers in some states. Plans include easy-to-access health clinics.

“We envision a more robust and dynamic shopping experience that combines entertainment venues, curated local food vendors, health and fitness services as well as recreational opportunities in a way that connects and engages with the community,” a Walmart spokesperson told Business Insider.

2. Preventive dental care improves overall health

The link between oral health and overall health continues to strengthen. People who did not use their dental benefits visited the emergency room more than those who went to the dentist, found a study from Capital Blue Cross, Dominion National and Geneia LLC. What’s more, individuals with chronic diseases who did not have dental coverage had a seven percent higher rate of hospital stays than those with dental benefits.

Studies show poor dental health is associated with a greater incidence of heart disease, anemia, kidney disease and autoimmune conditions. “We know that having quality dental coverage, and using it for preventive care, can contribute to overall good health,” said Gary St. Hilaire, Capital Blue Cross president and CEO. “The findings of this study reinforce how integrating medical and dental coverage and care can be associated with improved health and lower costs for those dealing with chronic medical issues.”

3. Experts recommend annual flu shots for kids

Should a child get the flu shot annually? Scientists say yes. They drew this conclusion after following the flu vaccine’s effectiveness on 3,400 children over a three-year time span. “Even healthy children can become severely ill and die from the flu,” said study author Huong McLean, a research scientist with the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health at the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute in Wisconsin. “Getting the flu vaccine every year is the single best way to protect against the flu.”

4. Stolen colon recovered

Members of the Colon Cancer Coalition are breathing a sigh of relief. Police recovered the coalition’s stolen inflatable colon in an abandoned house in Kansas City, Mo. The 10-foot long, 150-pound colon is being used to raise awareness for colon cancer screenings as part of the coalition’s “Get Your Rear in Gear” campaign. It’s back on display in the atrium of the University of Kansas Cancer Center.

“Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.,” said Stacie Moody, local “Get Your Rear in Gear” director, “and 60 percent of colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented with colonoscopy screening. Now we have three inflatable colons to help teach about the dangers of colon cancer and benefits of colon screenings.”

5. Fax machines offer safer transfer of sensitive materials

As the threat of cyber hacking continues to rise, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has replaced email communication with fax transmissions. Email messages are vulnerable to cyber threats and server crashes. Faxes, on the other hand, guarantee a safer delivery system and may play a key role in the transmission of healthcare data in the future. Fax technology gurus say for fax communications to remain secure, they must:

  • Integrate end-to-end encryption methods.
  • Leverage hybrid cloud networks.
  • Deliver high-resolution images and documents.


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