The Alliance for a Clean & Healthy Maine, of which PSR Maine is a member, recently released the results of its bio-monitoring project, "Hormones Disrupted." They tested the bodies of 25 Mainers for phthalates, a group of chemicals used to soften plastics and linked by studies to serious health problems including reproductive birth defects among boys. All study participants tested positive for the toxic chemical. To learn more about reproductive health and chemicals, read PSR's handout on prenatal exposures.
Climate change is one of the greatest threats to health in the 21st century, making it urgent that we slash carbon emissions. The EPA's proposed rule to limit carbon emissions from new coal-fired power plants gives us an opportunity to do just that. Barbara Gottlieb, PSR's Director of Environment and Health, testified before the EPA, calling on them to pass a strong rule.Read more »
PSR Maine uses the values and expertise of medicine and public health to advocate for protecting Mainers from the gravest threats to health and survival.
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) recently sponsored a Congressional briefing to present the findings of a new PSR/IPPNW report, Nuclear Famine: One Billion People at Risk, that demonstrates the devastating consequences of a limited nuclear exchange on climate and agriculture. The report's author, Dr. Ira Helfand, delivered the message that without decisive action towards nuclear abolition, more countries will develop nuclear weapons programs and the threat of a regional nuclear conflict will continue to increase.Read more »
PSR Maine is the home of the Maine Children's Environmental Health Project, educating both physicians and parents about the threat that toxic chemicals pose to pediatric health.More on Toxic Chemicals »
The existence of nuclear weapons continues to pose a major threat to human health and survival. Maine PSR is working to ensure U.S. ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.More on Nuclear Weapons »
PSR Maine's Domestic Violence Response Initiative (DVRI) trains and encourages Maine clinicians to perform routine domestic violence screenings.More on Domestic Violence »
PSR Maine runs MESHNet, a network of environmental champions working within Maine's hospitals to reduce the carbon emissions and increase the environmental sustainbility of their institutions.More on Climate Change »
An op-ed from PSR member Dr. James H. Maier on the potential for catastrophic nuclear arms accidents.Source: Portland Press Herald
PSR Maine's Drs. Peter Wilk and Doug Dransfield make the case for nuclear disarmament in this radio interview.Source: MPBN
An op-ed from PSR Maine's Dr. Peter Wilk on the dangers of nuclear famine.Source: Portland Press Herald
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The Toolkit is a combination of easy-to-use reference guides for health providers and user-friendly health education materials on preventing exposures to toxic chemicals and other substances that affect infant and child health. Read more »
In 2012, we saw members and chapters across the country work together to make a difference. Watch this video to see some of the scenes from our expert tours, testimony, Facebook chats and media outreach. Read more »