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  • February 2, 2012

    New Essays on Prenatal Exposures to Toxic Chemicals

    The prenatal period is a time of rapid development. It is also a time of particular vulnerability to toxic chemicals. In this month's Environmental Health Policy Institute, experts address how and why the developing fetus is vulnerable to toxic exposures – and how our regulatory system can more effectively guard against related health impacts.



  • January 27, 2012

    President Obama Can Change US Nuclear Policy

    Time and history have come together this year to create an opportunity to change how the world perceives nuclear weapons and their utility. At this critical moment, we are asking you to join a nationwide effort to press the Obama administration to dramatically reduce our reliance on nuclear weapons and move us closer to a nuclear weapons free world.

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  • January 27, 2012

    Nation's budget should reflect our priorities. Let your voice be heard!

    President Obama released his administration's plans for FY 2013 spending. The US bankrolls a military-industrial complex that has infiltrated our political process in unacceptable ways. This country's investment in the military has deprived our communities of the resources they need to rebuild our schools, invest in health care for all, and create a clean energy future.

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  • January 27, 2012

    “Hazardous Chemicals” Report Now Made Available in Spanish

    PSR is thrilled to release the Spanish-language version of its report, "Hazardous Chemicals In Health Care." The report, written with the American Nurses Association and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), details the first investigation of environmental chemicals found in the bodies of health care professionals. The study found that all 20 study participants had toxic chemicals in their bodies, with at least 24 individual chemicals present in each participant. We extend our thanks to HCWH/Latin American Regional Office for the translation.

    Download the report »


  • January 23, 2012

    Thanks for joining PSR on Facebook during the State of the Union

    On Tuesday, January 24th at 9:00 pm EST / 6:00 pm PST, President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address.  PSR members were watching to hear how the address would impact our core work on climate change, nuclear disarmament, and nuclear energy. Check out the rich conversation with over 85 comments on our Facebook page. If you are not yet a "fan" of PSR on Facebook, please join the 1000+ who have already liked us there.



  • January 19, 2012

    PSR Iowa Leads Fight Against Nuclear Subsidies

    As the nuclear industry renews its effort to persuade legislators, taxpayers and ratepayers to prop up its uneconomic industry, PSR Iowa is leading a grassroots campaign against an advanced cost recovery bill, a measure which would enable utilities to collect the capital expense for a new nuclear reactor in advance from their customers. A number of environmental, consumer protection and agricultural groups have found common ground in seeking to defeat the bill.

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  • January 18, 2012

    PSR Signals Intention to Sue EPA for Release of Coal Ash Rule

    PSR indicated its intention to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force it to release rules for the disposal of coal ash. Coal ash, the waste material left after electrical utilities burn coal, is heavily laden with toxic heavy metals, which have leaked, spilled and leached into ground and surface waters in communities around the country. Coal ash toxics can cause cancer as well as damage to the brain, peripheral nervous system, lungs, heart, kidneys and liver. The EPA has 60 days to come to a settlement before the issue proceeds to court.

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  • January 12, 2012

    Mercury & Air Toxics Rule a "Victory for the Children"

    PSR served as a plaintiff in two successful lawsuits that resulted in the EPA's recently proposed safeguards to slash emissions of mercury from coal combustion at power plants. PSR chapters celebrated the EPA decision, calling it a victory for children. Mercury exposure can damage the developing brain, making the fetus, infant or small child vulnerable to developmental delays and permanent loss of intelligence. PSR has worked for over 20 years to reduce environmental exposures to this dangerous neurotoxin.

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  • January 12, 2012

    The Time for Diplomacy With Iran is Now

    As tensions between Iran and the United States continue to escalate, PSR is urging President Obama to open direct diplomatic channels with Iran before it is too late.  Both countries have stepped up their show of military strength in the Gulf leading to an increased risk of a miscalculation that may lead to war. A military conflict would be dangerous for the region and threaten aspirations for peace in the Middle East. Sign our petition asking President Obama to begin talks now.

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  • January 5, 2012

    Will 2012 be the year of comprehensive chemical policy reform?

    The Environmental Health Policy Institute is proud to present official statements from the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American Public Health Association, as well as the perspectives of other experts, on why healthcare professionals care about the Safe Chemicals Act, and how comprehensive chemical policy reform will improve public health.



  • December 31, 2011

    PSR Welcomes Catherine Thomasson, M.D., as Executive Director

    PSR begins 2012 by welcoming Dr. Catherine Thomasson to her new role as executive director.  As a former national board president and Oregon chapter president, Dr. Thomasson embodies the PSR tradition of physician-advocate and brings both a commitment to PSR’s core issues as well as a drive to shape PSR’s future.  She succeeds Dr. Peter Wilk who returns to clinical practice in Maine after three years leading PSR.

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  • December 30, 2011

    PSR Celebrates 2011

    The PSR members featured in this short "thank you” video are just a few of the thousands who helped advance PSR’s mission in 2011.  Because of you, PSR made a difference all year long.  Thank you for your support, your commitment and your vote of confidence in PSR.

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  • December 29, 2011

    The PSR Chapter Network: Changing the World One Community at a Time

    PSR chapters work locally, state-wide, regionally and nationally which gives us a powerful ability to make a difference on critical issues.  Get involved in creating a safer, more peaceful world right in your own community.

     Find the chapter nearest to you.

     



  • December 22, 2011

    Members Making a Difference: Meet Dr. Andrew Kanter

    Andrew Kanter, MD, MPH
    President of New York City Chapter and National Board President Elect
    New York City, New York

    "I believe that organizations like PSR and IPPNW represent a unique opportunity for a group of like-minded people to focus the world’s attention on the greatest threats to our global survival. Physicians are perfectly suited to provide an alternative, positive vision for our future, and we can provide the crucial movement necessary to help guide the planet away from violence and the threat of nuclear annihilation, to a future based on mutual security, common survival and sustainable development." Read more »



  • December 21, 2011

    PSR Releases Top Ten Priorities for 2012

    From preventing the development of any new nuclear weapons, to reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the source, PSR affirms its long-held commitment to prevent what we cannot cure. Read the full list »  




  • December 21, 2011

    Members Making a Difference: Meet Dr. Erica Frank

    Erica Frank, MD, MPH
    Past President of PSR
    Vancouver, British Columbia

    "PSR concentrates on issues that really matter, threats that will mean the demise of humanity (and multiple other species) if we don't do something about them. I can't imagine just spending my time focusing only on one patient at a time, and ignoring threats that could bring us all down." Read more »



  • December 21, 2011

    Members Making a Difference: Meet Dr. Lisa Doggett

    Lisa Doggett, MD, MPH
    President of Austin PSR
    Austin, Texas

    "My husband and I wanted a way for ourselves and other progressive phyusicians and nurses to work together on the larger public health issues that impact our patients and families but are beyond the scope of our daily work with individual patients. Our chapter has have participated in multiple press events on issues ranging from global warming to nuclear bunker busters to toxins in baby products." Read more »



  • December 19, 2011

    Members Making a Difference: Meet Dr. Maureen McCue

    Maureen McCue, MD, PhD
    PSR/Iowa Coordinator and PSR/National Board Member
    Oxford, Iowa

    "PSR is the only organization where colleagues share my concern about 'preventing what we cannot cure' and addressing the gravest threats to human health and global survival!" Read more »



  • December 16, 2011

    Members Making a Difference: Meet Dr. Maye Thompson

    Maye Thompson, PhD, RN
    Environmental Health Program Director, Oregon PSR
    Portland, Oregon
    Read about Dr. Thompson's work on BPA in the Portland Tribune

    "PSR is that rare combination of rigorous thinking and analysis, and unabashed advocacy once we have our data straight and cited. It has a great track record (no nuclear exchange yet!) and is an exciting supportive place to work." Read more »



  • December 14, 2011

    Members Making a Difference: Meet Dr. Barbara Warren

    Barbara Warren, MD, MPH
    Arizona PSR Coordinator and National Board member
    Tucson, Arizona

    "PSR addresses the greatest threats to our safety and peaceful existence on this planet. There are many opportunities to bring the global issues of the nuclear threat and climate change to our communities for local action and positive change to resolve these issues." Read more »



 

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