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Surgeon general wants to focus USA's attention on preventing disease

from USA Today

As the "nation's doctor," Vivek Murthy, 37, now has the chance to try to keep patients out of the hospital on a grand scale. Murthy, who took office as U.S. Surgeon General in December, says he hopes to reduce chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease by promoting physical activity. "The shift we have to make as a country is from one that is predominantly focused on treatment to one that is focused much more on prevention," he says. more

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