ALSO NOTED: Walgreens expanding retail clinics in FL; Dayton hospitals align; and much more...

> Walgreens will open 14 retail clinics in South Florida by early December, and it expects to roll out 400 more nationwide in 2008. Article

> Kettering Health Network and Greene Health Partners, both based in the Dayton metro, have come together together in an affiliation agreement. Article

> A new study suggests that the jury should remain out on what benefits EMRs can actually provide. FierceHealthIT

> While their odds of success are essentially non-existent, community advocates are still arguing that Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital should be reopened. Article

And Finally... Some physicians are testing out the use of (get this) hot peppers to reduce surgical pain. Article