Groups oppose Walgreen's move to outsource retail clinic care to Catholic hospital; Researchers receive $4.4M grant to study causes of obesity and potential treatments;

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> Nineteen groups are challenging Walgreen's decision to allow a Catholic hospital to run its retail clinics in Oregon and Washington state, arguing the move will create a healthcare system "limited by religious doctrine," Think Progress reports. Article

> A new $4.4 million, four-year research grant will help researchers at the Geisinger Health System, Penn State University, and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania gain a deeper understanding of the causes of obesity and improved treatments, the university announced. Announcement

> A new study finds that clinicians can train uninsured patients to safely and efficiently self-administer long-term intravenous antibiotics, reducing hospital stays and readmissions. Study announcement

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>  A novel solution to the physician shortage sounds promising in theory, but so far regulators can't figure out how to make it work, the Associated Press reports.

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>  A new study reveals that previous assumptions about healthcare spending may be wrong, as areas of the country that spend less on Medicare do not necessarily have lower overall healthcare costs. Article

And Finally… Brawl politics is local. Article