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Surgeon General

Ebola, Politicians and Our Rudderless Ship?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Victor M. Feraru

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans are similar in that most of the victims are people of color. Where Katrina im...

Fear Mongering, Because It's All They Have Left

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

Instead of constantly condemning, I would like to know what the GOP plans to do. Besides a travel ban which many experts believe would hamper efforts to contain the virus where it started, I have seen no solutions from Republicans to either of these crises.

A "Hung" Senate with No Majority on November 4? Could Senate Independents Take Charge, Break Gridlock?

Terry Connelly | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Terry Connelly

We do not follow a parliamentary system of government like Australia, of course, but our situations are otherwise not dissimilar. In both countries, the lower house of the legislature has a clear and virtually impregnable majority.

Our Plan to Contain Ebola

Randi Weingarten | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Our nation boasts the most advanced healthcare system in the world. We have the capacity and know-how to address this public health issue. If we listen to the voices of our nurses and health professionals, we can keep our communities safe and healthy.

The Importance of a Nonpartisan Surgeon General

Richard H. Carmona, M.D. | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Richard H. Carmona, M.D.

We should act to strengthen the Office of the Surgeon General by protecting it from political manipulation. In our hyper-partisan political world characterized by gridlock and great political poetic license in the interpretation of science to support preconceived political biases, who will have the responsibility to speak scientific truth to power?

Obama Should Appoint a Surgeon General Right Now

Jerry Lanson | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Jerry Lanson

Congress is in recess. The American public is freaking out about Ebola. Sen. John McCain is leading a growing cadre of Republicans calling for an "Ebola czar." So what's wrong with this picture? CBS News got it right when it wrote, "As calls for Ebola 'czar' grow, where's the surgeon general?"

John McCain, Czar Hater, Calls For Ebola Czar

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) believes President Barack Obama should appoint a "czar" to lead America's response to Ebola. "From spending time here in...

Friday Talking Points -- Is There Anybody Out There?

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

You know what might help in this crisis-to-end-all-crises? Having a Surgeon General in office. President Obama nominated someone for the job last November, but his confirmation has been blocked ever since.

Surgeon General Forced Out After Campaigning Against Tobacco Dies

AP | KRYSTA FAURIA | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dr. Jesse Steinfeld, who became the first surgeon general ever forced out of office by the president after he campaigned hard aga...

Former Surgeon General Explains Why America Needs One

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 06.19.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Richard Carmona served as the U.S. Surgeon General from 2002 to 2006. While several others have held the seat since his term ended, the U.S. currently...

The United States of the NRA

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

It is time to consider the possibility of disbanding Congress and turning over governance of the country to the National Rifle Association.

Is Gun Violence a Public Health Issue?

Socheata Poeuv | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Socheata Poeuv

Most of us never register the scale of gun deaths in America. But doctors like Vivek Murthy who are often on the front line of our country's social problems know this scale all to well.

Monsters in Our Midst

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We are a society at war with ourselves as well as with much of the world. Gun control in various forms may contain that war, but only a shift in consciousness will end it. That shift must include the realization that power requires more than the means to point, shoot, kill.

Warning to Surgeon Generals: Truth May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Maggie Kozel, M.D. | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Maggie Kozel, M.D.

The physician that President Obama nominated to be the next Surgeon General sees gun violence as a public health issue, and the NRA has made it clear that any politician they bankroll must vote against his nomination.

The Surgeon General Does Not Need the NRA's Approval

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

What kind of doctor would get the NRA's stamp of approval? Because any doctor who disagrees with the fact that guns pose a threat to health will not have credibility with the medical or public health community, and would be a disgrace to the title of Surgeon General.

Bullet Holes in the Bill of Rights

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

I find it incredible, and deeply disheartening, that the confirmation of our next U.S. Surgeon General may come undone because Dr. Vivek Murthy has expressed his support for widely favored gun control measures, such as an assault weapons ban.

The New Success: Preventive Health Coach

Dr. Michael R. Mantell | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael R. Mantell

Defining success in life should include more than just the accumulation of money and power. How can an increased focus on your health and wellbeing th...

Health Officials Increasingly Contemplate End Of Smoking: 'Enough Is Enough'

AP | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

ATLANTA (AP) — Health officials have begun to predict the end of cigarette smoking in America. They have long wished for a cigarette-free America, ...

New Tips Ads Will Inspire Even More to Quit Smoking

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

The campaign has so far inspired millions of smokers to try to quit and saved tens of thousands of lives and tens of millions of dollars. But we want to reach even more people.

Senator Tells Surgeon General Nominee There Are Indian Doctors Where He's From, Too

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) extended an off-color invitation Tuesday to Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Barack Obama's nominee for surgeon gen...

Dr. Vivek Murthy Should Be Our Next Surgeon General

Dr. Georges C. Benjamin | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Dr. Georges C. Benjamin

Our nation is plagued by not getting the value we deserve for our health care dollar and we are far too dependent on sick care over prevention and wellness. We as a nation can do better, and I would strongly argue that we should strive to be the healthiest nation.

The Surgeon General's Report: New Strategies to Reach Communities Who Continue to Smoke

Sheelah A. Feinberg | Posted 04.01.2014 | New York
Sheelah A. Feinberg

If the current smoking rates continue, 5.6 million American children and teenagers who are alive today will die prematurely from smoking.

Smoking Gun: 50th Anniversary of Tobacco-Cancer Connection

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

As Phillip Morris said in their Virginia Slims ad, attempting to attract female smokers by tapping into the women's liberation movement, "You've come a long way, baby." But the truth is tobacco remains a formidable problem, baby.

Fifty Years After First Surgeon General Report on Smoking, E-Cigarettes Pose Latest Threat to Public Health

Sen. Richard Blumenthal | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Sen. Richard Blumenthal

Proposed laws that would regulate e-cigarettes are met with opposition from those who dismiss e-cigarettes as products that present little or no risk. They claim e-cigarettes are a great way for smokers to quit smoking without exposing innocent bystanders to hazardous vapor. What they don't tell you is the impact that e-cigarettes are having on people who have never smoked before.

50th Anniversary of Landmark Report on Smoking Brings Reflection of Past Success and Reality of New Concerns to Tackle

Ardis D. Hoven, M.D. | Posted 03.15.2014 | Health News
Ardis D. Hoven, M.D.

The AMA recognizes the need to tackle some of today's most troubling chronic health conditions -- cardiovascular disease and diabetes type 2 -- to which smoking can be linked.