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Surgeon General To Step Down

Surgeon General Regina Benjamin will step down from her post next month.

Politico: Surgeon General To Step Down
Surgeon General Regina Benjamin announced today that she plans to step down from her post, which she has held since 2009. "I loved serving as #SGReginaBenjamin, putting prevention in all we do. I leave next month confident we created a more healthy & fit nation," she posted on her Twitter account (Haberkorn, 6/12).

The Hill: Report: Surgeon General Regina Benjamin To Step Down
Surgeon General Regina Benjamin announced on Wednesday that she would step down from her post next month (Mali, 6/13).

Elsewhere, some groups are pushing back against a plan to put mental health records into a national gun background-check database --

The Wall Street Journal: Medical Groups Push Back At Gun-Law Change
An Obama administration proposal to speed the flow of mental-health records into the national gun background-check database has run into opposition from medical groups and state authorities, threatening another element of the flagging effort to strengthen federal gun controls in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings. The debate involves a plan by the Department of Health and Human Services to amend a federal privacy rule (Palazzolo, 6/12).

And doctors may have a new prescription to battle obesity -- standing at work --

Bloomberg: U.S. Doctors May Order Office Workers Out Of Their Chairs
Sitting in front of a computer monitor all day may soon be officially against doctors' advice. The American Medical Association, which represents 225,000 doctors in the U.S. and recommends ways to improve public health and medical care, will consider whether to recognize the dangers of sitting all day -- at work, in the car or at home -- at its annual policy meeting. The proposed resolution is among about 150 to be debated at AMA's meeting starting June 15 in Chicago (Armstrong, 6/13).

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