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C. Everett Koop, Former Surgeon General, Dies at 96

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop has died at age 96.
As surgeon general during the Reagan Administration, he took on the major health crises of the day.

In 1986, he issued a landmark report on AIDS. At a time when victims of the disease were stigmatized and shunned, Koop urged education and compassion.
"We are fighting a disease, and not people," he said at the time.

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Surgeon General's 'Call to Action' Touts Breastfeeding Benefits

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Seventy-five percent of babies born in the U.S. start out breastfeeding -- however, 13 percent are exclusively breastfed by the end of six months, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Surgeon General Regina Benjamin and other breastfeeding advocates, including director Spike Lee's wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, are trying hard to increase the percentage of mothers who breastfeed exclusively for six months through the Surgeon General's "Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding."

"One of the most highly effective preventative measures a mother can take to protect her child and her own health is to breastfeed," Benjamin said during a press briefing.

The Surgeon General's "Call to Action" outlines the benefits of breastfeeding such as the reduced risk of diarrhea, ear infections, pneumonia and asthma in babies.  Breastfeeding also can protect against infant obesity.  For mothers, Benjamin adds, the risk of breast and ovarian cancer is significantly diminished.

"Call to Action" also identifies several ways families, communities, health care providers and employers can increase support for breastfeeding.  Among those listed, Dr. Benjamin calls on employers to offer women a "clean and private place other than a bathroom" to nurse or pump breastmilk.  She also says health care systems should "ensure that maternity care practices provide education and counseling on breastfeeding."

The Surgeon General's "Call to Action" will be accompanied with a public service announcement, with ads set to air on 1,200 television stations across the country, according to MedPage Today.

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Surgeon General Says No Exposure to Tobacco Smoke Is Safe

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke, according to the latest surgeon general's report released Thursday.

The report, How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease, finds that even an occasional cigarette, inhaled directly or secondhand, "causes immediate damage to your body that can lead to serious illness or death."

Inhaling tobacco smoke exposes you to over 7,000 chemicals and compounds, hundreds of which are toxic and at least 70 of which cause cancer.  Regardless of whether a cigarette is filtered, low-tar or light, they still carry the same disease risk as regular ones.

Nearly half a million Americans die each year from exposure to tobacco smoke.´╗┐

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