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News summary: Walgreen clinics expand care reach

The Associated Press

BROADER FOCUS: Walgreen Co. said Thursday that its drugstore clinics are expanding service beyond treating minor ailments like sinus infections. The clinics can now diagnose, treat and monitor chronic diseases.

NEW CASE LOAD: The drugstore chain's Take Care Clinics now handle cases of diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, among other conditions.

ABOUT THE CLINICS: Walgreen, the nation's largest drugstore chain, runs 370 in-store clinics, and the expanded care will be available in all except those in Missouri. Nearly half of the patients treated by these clinics have no primary care doctor.