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Today’s roundup of news stories related to health disparities, health care, health issues, direct service, social justice, animal welfare, environmentalism… basically, all things Schweitzer:

  • President Obama names family doctor Regina Benjamin as the new U.S Surgeon General (ABC News
  • Australian researchers find that “a physician’s positive attitude towards Alzheimer’s is an important factor in early diagnosis of the disease” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • Also on the Alzheimer’s front: new research “has pinpointed a gene that could improve predictions of who will develop Alzheimer’s and at what age” (Wall Street Journal)
  • Pediatrics study reports that children under age four account for more than half of bathtub injuries (MSNBC)
  • Study suggests that childhood obesity is influenced more by the behavior of the child’s same-sex parent than by genetics (Fox News)
  • The U.S. retail industry’s primary lobbying group takes a stand against employer-mandated health care coverage (Reuters)
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