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Lawmaker Slams Fla. Surgeon General's 'Shocking' Mask Rebuff

State Sen. Tina Polsky, who has cancer, says Joseph Ladapo wouldn't don mask in her office

(Newser) - Florida's top health official was asked to leave a meeting after refusing to wear a mask at the office of a state senator who told him she had a serious medical condition, officials have confirmed. Florida Senate leader Wilton Simpson, a Republican, sent a memo to senators Saturday regarding...

Florida's New Surgeon General: 'We're Done With Fear'

Joseph Ladapo makes quarantining optional for asymptomatic students who've been exposed

(Newser) - If Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis needed an ally in his approach to public health in the age of COVID, he just got one in his new surgeon general, who announced a new emergency order this week on student quarantines. "Florida will completely reject fear as a way of making...

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...

On COVID Toll, Trump Gets Pushback
On COVID Toll, Trump
Gets Pushback

On COVID Toll, Trump Gets Pushback

Fauci, Adams say the numbers are real after president tweets the CDC exaggerates

(Newser) - President Trump tried to discount the destruction caused by COVID-19, tweeting Sunday that government counts of cases and deaths are "far exaggerated in the United States." He blamed the way the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compiles the statistics, adding, "When in doubt, call it COVID....

White House Plans Parties Amid Warnings to Hunker Down

Melania Trump will host 'holiday reception,' with other parties to follow

(Newser) - Health officials have been issuing warnings against traveling and gathering for the holidays in the midst of a coronavirus surge across the US, but 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue doesn't seem fazed by the cautionary advice. Despite the White House's own issues with COVID-19 after an indoor election night party...

Surgeon General Cited for Visiting Closed Hawaii Park

Jerome Adams told cops he wasn't aware of rule

(Newser) - The US surgeon general was cited for being in a closed Hawaii park in August while in the islands helping with surge testing amid a spike in coronavirus cases, according to a criminal complaint filed in court. A Honolulu police officer cited Jerome Adams after seeing him with two men...

Surgeon General: Wearing Masks Now Will Help Schools
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Surgeon General: We Can Do One Big Thing for Schools

Lower the transmission rate by wearing masks

(Newser) - The surgeon general on Tuesday weighed in on the should-we-or-shouldn't-we debate over the reopening of schools. If we want to get students back into classrooms safely in the near future, everybody should be wearing masks now, Dr. Jerome Adams told CBS This Morning . "The biggest determinant of whether...

Surgeon General on Floyd: 'That Could Have Been Me'

Jerome Adams talks to Politico podcast about the Minneapolis death

(Newser) - One fact in particular stood out to Surgeon General Jerome Adams about George Floyd: He was a 46-year-old black man, just like Adams. "I really do think that could have been me," Adams tells the Politico Pulse Check podcast. And the same is true for many African-Americans, he...

Elective Surgeries? Cancel Them, Surgeon General Says

Operations could spread coronavirus and tie up staff, Adams says

(Newser) - The surgeon general is asking hospitals to postpone elective surgeries. Operations risk spreading the coronavirus through the hospital, Jerome Adams warned Saturday, Politico reports, and tie up medical personnel who could be needed to deal with the outbreak. "Hospital & healthcare systems, PLEASE CONSIDER STOPPING ELECTIVE PROCEDURES until we...

Surgeon General on Coronavirus: 'Stop Buying Masks!'

Surgeon general warns of a possible shortage for health care workers

(Newser) - Face masks aren't going to save us from contracting the coronavirus while commuting or grocery shopping, health officials say. But they do help health professionals working with infected patients in a closed environment. And uninfected people around the world are hoarding them. So the US surgeon general tackled the...

Scientists Warned in 2006 That Opioid Crisis Was Unfolding

Surgeon general agreed to issue call to action, but it never came to be

(Newser) - In 2006 the surgeon general was just about to warn the nation of an impending health threat—but that warning didn't materialize. Politico reports that in a March 15, 2006, memo to then-Surgeon General Richard Carmona, the heads of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institutes...

Trump Donates Quarterly Salary to Surgeon General

$100K will fund an upcoming health initiative

(Newser) - President Trump is sticking to his pledge to collect no salary as president. The White House tells USA Today that Trump donated his second-quarter pay to the surgeon general's office. The $100,000 will fund an upcoming public health advisory, though no details were provided. A White House statement...

Doctor on Board? Yes, the Surgeon General

Jerome Adams helps unconscious passenger

(Newser) - A reminder that the US surgeon general is himself a doctor: Jerome Adams, an anesthesiologist, assisted someone on a Delta Air Lines jet as he prepared to fly Wednesday to Jackson, Miss. It seems a person lost consciousness when the plane was on the ground in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and...

'Lifesaving' Item the Surgeon General Wants Us to Carry

Jerome Adams wants more Americans to keep naloxone on hand to prevent fatal overdoses

(Newser) - The US' chief doctor wants more Americans to carry the overdose antidote naloxone to help combat the nation's opioid crisis and save lives. US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams was to speak about the new public health advisory Thursday at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in...

Trump Surgeon General Pick Fought Indiana HIV Outbreak

Jerome Adams oversaw needle exchange program

(Newser) - President Trump nominated Indiana's health commissioner to serve as the next US surgeon general on Thursday, selecting an anesthesiologist who promoted needle exchange programs while serving under Vice President Mike Pence. The White House said Trump nominated Dr. Jerome Adams to serve as the nation's chief doctor. Adams...

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...

Surgeon General: Quit Tanning Now

Country's top doctor says skin cancer is 'major public health problem'

(Newser) - Your doctor, your mom, and your shade-obsessed friends have probably all told you already about the dangers of suntanning—and now the surgeon general is jumping on the anti-bronzing bandwagon for the first time. Boris Lushniak today called skin cancer a “major public health problem,” and pointed a...

'Amazingly, Smoking Is Even Worse Than We Knew'

 'Amazingly, 
 Smoking Is 
 Even Worse 
 Than We Knew' 
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'Amazingly, Smoking Is Even Worse Than We Knew'

Causes diabetes, erectile dysfunction, and more, surgeon general's report finds

(Newser) - Yes, smoking is bad for you, but just how bad might still surprise you. A surgeon general's report out Friday reports that lighting up is scientifically proven to cause diabetes, colorectal and liver cancers, erectile dysfunction, and ectopic pregnancy, the New York Times reports. And more: vision loss, tuberculosis,...

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