The Checkup: Temple Student Being Treated for Meningitis
• Public health alert: A Temple University student is hospitalized and being treated for bacterial meningitis. Symptoms are flu-like and include high fever, headache, stiff neck, rash, nausea, vomiting and sleepiness. Even if treated, meningitis can cause brain damage and even death.
• Walmart might be getting into the health insurance biz. The retail giant has issued a preliminary proposal to explore the idea, the Wall Street Journal reports, and is aiming to become the biggest health insurer in the country while offering the lowest rates. Would you sign up with a Walmart plan?
• You win some, you lose some. A new study looking at the pros and cons of cutting out salt found that while, yes, it lowers blood pressure, people who desalted their diets had higher cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which contributes to diabetes. TIME has more.