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Loneliness May Be a Bigger Public Health Threat Than Smoking or Obesity

March 23, 2020
By: Mattie Quinn, Governing

Since stepping down as surgeon general in April of last year, Vivek Murthy has turned his attention to what he considers to be America’s fastest-growing public health crisis. No, it isn’t cardiovascular diseases or obesity or smoking or even the nation’s system of health-care delivery. Murthy is taking on a more unlikely cause: loneliness.


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