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Will the New Surgeon General Advocate for Women’s Health?

The surgeon general post could put Vivek Murthy in an ideal position to advocate for sensible, science-based reproductive health policy.

The surgeon general post could put Vivek Murthy in an ideal position to advocate for sensible, science-based reproductive health policy.

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The NRA Successfully Silences Another Obama Nominee

The Office of the Surgeon General has been vacant for almost a year, and if the NRA gets its way, it will stay vacant.

The Office of the Surgeon General has been vacant for almost a year, and if the NRA gets its way, it will stay vacant.

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C. Everett Koop: The Surgeon General Who Put Science Before Personal Ideology

C. Everett Koop.

During his tenure as Surgeon General, Koop was not political. He was not ideological. And he was not quiet (like many of his predecessors had been). He saw his position as a platform to speak to the public, and he used it, surprising both the right and the left along the way.

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Reid Blasts Republicans Over Surgeon General Vote Delay, Other Holds and Filibusters

Republicans are holding up a vote to confirm Surgeon General nominee Regina Benjamin because, basically, of arguments over health care reform.

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Weighing in on the Surgeon General’s Weight

We are so focused on weight as an indicator of health that we ignore the fact that thinness is not equivalent to being physically fit nor is a higher-than-average weight necessarily an indicator of being “unhealthy.”

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Surgeon General Nominee Benjamin “Supports President’s Position” on Choice

Press reports confirm that Dr. Regina Benjamin, Obama’s choice for surgeon general shares the “President’s views” on choice.

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Roundup: New York Legislature to Reform Sex Ed, Abortion Laws; Religious Right Attacks Daschle

Religious right opposes Daschle’s nomination as HHS Secretary; New York legislators to push sex ed, abortion law reform; would Gupta be an independent voice?; smart spending on family planning.

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But Can He Talk About Sex?

Where does future Surgeon General Dr. Sanjay Gupta stand on reproductive health? He has spoken out for emergency contraception, but reproductive health issues haven’t gotten a starring role on “House Call.”

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Weekly Pulse: America’s Next Top Doctor

As surgeon general, Dr. Sanjay Gupta will be an effective public advocate for public health goals, but will he be a good administrator and an effective leader of America’s public health professionals?

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Roundup: Teen Birth Rate Increases in 26 States; Focus on the Family Opposes Daschle Confirmation

Dr. Sanjay Gupta Obama’s pick for surgeon general; teen birth rate increases in 26 states; Focus on the Family opposes Daschle confirmation; maternity leave healthier for mothers, babies; University of Wisconsin clinic plans to offer second-trimester abortions; Rick Warren’s Uganda connections.

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