Vivek Hallegere Murthy

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Surgeon General Warns Misinformation Costs Lives

COVID battle especially is threatened, Murthy says in asking Americans' help

(Newser) - The US surgeon general pointed out Thursday that the national advisories issued by his office usually concern a disease, or our diet, or smoking, or drinking. Not this time, ABC reports. "Today, we live in a world where misinformation poses an imminent and insidious threat to our nation's...

Biden Team Pushes a New Theme on COVID

Think 'dimmer switch,' not on-off switch, when it comes to restrictions

(Newser) - Last week, a member of Joe Biden's COVID advisory team caused a little controversy by talking about the idea of a national lockdown of six weeks. Now, however, it seems Biden's advisers are not only united in walking back that idea but in how to describe an alternative...

Obama's Surgeon General Has Been Asked to Resign

Dr. Vivek Murthy has been replaced by his deputy

(Newser) - The Trump administration has relieved Dr. Vivek Murthy of his duties as US Surgeon General, the AP reports. A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services says Murthy was asked to resign after "assisting in a smooth transition" under President Trump. Murthy was a holdover from the...

Surgeon General: More People Use Opioids Than Tobacco

And other surprising news from surgeon general's first report on substance addiction

(Newser) - The latest (and first) surgeon general's report on substance addiction was released Thursday, and it offers up a surprising slew of factoids. Per NPR , Dr. Vivek Murthy says more people are hooked on prescription opioids than tobacco, 50% more people (20.8 million, per recent estimates) have substance abuse...

Despite NRA, Senate OKs New Surgeon General

Vivek Murthy is approved in 51-43 vote

(Newser) - The Senate today approved President Obama's nomination of Vivek Murthy to serve as US surgeon general, despite opposition from Republicans and some Democrats over his support for gun control. Murthy, 37, a physician at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and instructor at Harvard Medical School, won confirmation...

Obama Picks Nominee for Surgeon General

Vivek Hallegere Murthy is co-founder of Doctors for America

(Newser) - President Obama has picked an ally in his bid to reform health care to be the next surgeon general. He plans to nominate Vivek Hallegere Murthy, an attending physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School, to replace Regina Benjamin , reports CNN . Murthy is the co-founder and...

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