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A recent segment of the Today show focused on the growing trend of walk-in health care clinics for people. These are the ubiquitous "Minute Clinics" found amidst local pharmacies or the 24-hour "No appointment necessary" offices where people can, at the initial fleeting sign of a sniffle, ache, or strange skin rash, show up and request immediate care for their ailment. Credit: Shutterstock The report indicated that more and more people are pursuing the option of convenient care because of a perception that their primary care doctors are inaccessible during evenings, weekends, or holidays. However, with a bit more probing, evidence revealed the issue wasn't that people couldn't get in to...

African elephants in captivity are packing on the pounds, and experts warn that the rise in obesity is contributing to infertility, which could be detrimental to the survival of the species in zoos. Credit: Getty Creative To get a handle on the problem, one group of researchers in Alabama is looking for a better way to measure body fat on the already huge animals. RELATED: Future Zoos: What Will They Look Like? Just like humans, elephants with excess fat are more likely to develop heart disease, arthritis and infertility, Daniella Chusyd, a graduate student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a statement. Previous studies have shown an alarming number of African elephants...

If you're trying to help the bees by planting vegetables and flowers in your garden, you may actually be doing more harm than good, according to a report released today by Friends of Earth, an international network of environmental organizations. Credit: Getty Creative That's because at least half of plants in the report bought at big home improvement stores were found to contain neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides that has been proven to be harmful, and sometimes fatal, to bees. In fact, some scientist believe that the pesticides' effects on bees is a warning sign that the chemicals may also pose health issues for people. RELATED: Faces of Bees, Flies and Friends The Friends of Earth...