U.S. News & World Report – Surgeon General’s Role Would Involve Obamacare Endorsement
The Senate confirmation of Dr. Vivek Murthy has come under fire for some groups and politicians that are concerned about his support of Obamacare, as well as his statements on gun safety.
“Much of [Dr. Murthy’s] work has been devoted to electing the current president and advocating the new health care law,” Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said in a statement released Monday. “I’d be reluctant to put into the surgeon general’s office someone who would use that as a bully pulpit to promote a law I think is an historic mistake.”
But Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director for the American Public Health Association, says supporting the Affordable Care Act would certainly come under the purview of a surgeon general. “If you’re going to work the administration, you’re going to support the administration’s policies,” he says.

Tech Times – CDC Annual Report Shows Chlamydia Cases on Decline but Syphilis on Rise
U.S. health officials revealed on Tuesday that the prevalence of one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases worldwide fell in the U.S. for the first time in three decades.
In its annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that there were over 1.4 million Americans who contracted chlamydia in 2013. The number may be high but the rate has actually gone down by 1.5 percent from 2012.

The Associated Press – Menus will sport new calorie labels for alcohol
Don’t want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Then avoid the menu and order at the bar.
New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November. The idea is that people often don’t know – or even think about – how many calories they are imbibing.
But the rules don’t apply to drinks ordered at the bar or any drinks that aren’t listed on the main menu. The wine list will also be guilt-free – individual calorie amounts aren’t required there either. And unlike other beverages and foods, most bottles and cans don’t have to list full nutritional information.

NBC News – Ebola Survivor Rick Sacra Returning to Fight Virus in Liberia
Dr. Rick Sacra is returning to Liberia, the West African country where he contracted the virus this, in January to resume working as a medical missionary.
He plans to spend four weeks at ELWA Hospital, a clinic outside Monrovia where he contracted the ebola in August
Sacra, who was one of about 10 people treated for Ebola in the U.S. said he “feels great” and that doctors have said he’s now effectively immune to Ebola, which has no vaccine.