The Daily Dose: CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart try their hand at healthcare clinics

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CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart are pushing deeper into the clinical healthcare industry. Both companies are launching “health hubs” in select locations in the U.S. According to Forbes, “The retailers see 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 and aging into Medicare coverage each day and are also looking to fill emptying space in their brick and mortar stores in the face of changing consumer shopping habits driven by online retail giant Amazon, which is also exploring new ways to get into the healthcare business.”

Fresh off the heels of its questionable merger with agricultural behemoth, Monsanto, Bayer is looking to inject some fresh blood into its ranks. In particular, the German company has hired a wheeler-and-dealer to help guide the company toward a new era of growth and prosperity. As per FierceBiotech, “Bayer has hired Johnson & Johnson’s former business development chief Marianne De Backer PhD as its new head of business development and licensing of its pharma division.” Good luck cleaning up the Monsanto mess.

In some rare positive clinical trial news, Roche’s influenza drug, Xofluza, has shown promising results in Phase 3 clinical trials. According to a study found that “found that giving a single oral dose of Xofluza after exposure to someone with flu reduced the risk of developing the illness by 86% compared to placebo, and with the protection seen regardless of the flu strain involved.” A previous study showed that the drug is also effective in children.

Some unwelcome news for Gen-Xers and millennials. You probably need another measles shot if you want to be completely immune. The reason for this is because when the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine was first rolled out in 1971, the medical community believed that a single dose was good enough. By the late 1980s that was not the case and a second booster shot was recommended. Good times, eh?

A new study indicates that the first creatures on earth were probably carnivores. That’s not to say they ate steaks or chicken, only that they didn’t subsist on cells that possessed a cell wall. It’s a question of efficiency and getting a digestive system capable of getting anything past those pesky walls is very costly. Just look at the cow and his four-chambered stomach. Who wants that?

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