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guptaSanjay Gupta As Surgeon General?

According to the Huffington Post, the Obama transition team has approached Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, about becoming U.S. surgeon general.

CNN has been keeping him from reporting has been on health and wellness matters and on health-care policy or any matters involving the new administration. Gupta has declined comment on this for now.

Gupta is a member of the staff and faculty of the Department of Neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He regularly performs surgery at Emory University Hospital and at Grady Memorial Hospital, where he serves as associate chief of neurosurgery.

As chief medical correspondent for the health and medical unit, he is a lead reporter on breaking medical news, provides regular health and medical updates for “American Morning,” anchors the half-hour weekend medical affairs program “House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta” and reports for CNN documentaries. He also contributes health stories to CNN.com, co-hosts “Accent Health” for Turner Private Networks, provides medical segments for the syndicated version of “ER” on TNT and writes a column for Time magazine. He also anchors the global health program “Vital Signs” for CNN International and is featured in a weekly podcast on health issues called “Paging Dr. Gupta.”

Even if he accepted.. would he have time to do a good job? Gupta in this position could cause an explosion of interest in the health/medical field and would be arguably the most high profile SG ever.

That and the ongoing controversy between him and filmmaker Michael Moore may effect the decision to some degree.

Stem cell breakthrough?

Researchers in the Imperial College in London have inadvertently found a way to prompt bone marrow to release a flood of certain stem cells which could help heart attack patients recover faster. It’s also a possibility that this can be used to also speed up broken bone repair and to treating patients suffering from autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. More testing is needed, to make sure stem cells can properly isolate an injury and adapt/accelerate repair but so far this is very exciting news.

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~ by redspyda on January 9, 2009.

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