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  • December 9, 2011

    Members Making a Difference: Meet Dr. Tova Fuller

    Tova Fuller, PhD
    Former National Board Student Representative
    Los Angeles, California

    "I was drawn to PSR 7 years ago and am still a proud PSR member because the organization addresses global calamity: war, global warming and nuclear catastrophe. PSR espouses the belief that physicians are rightfully the vanguards of public health, and that these issues are rightfully public health problems." Read more »



  • December 8, 2011

    Members Making a Difference: Meet Dr. Martin Donohoe

    Martin Donohoe, MD, FACP
    Oregon PSR Board of Advisors
    Portland, Oregon

    "I have been involved with PSR since my days as a medical student, when I began to appreciate more fully the nature and scope of the serious threats facing our world. I am proud to be involved with such a well-organized, science-based, activist organization that works tirelessly to protect our planet from environmental destruction and war." Read more »



  • December 5, 2011

    Toxics tools and resources

    Our Environmental Health Policy Institute has compiled the best and brightest tools and resources about toxic chemicals this holiday season. You’ll find databases, clinical tools, and advocacy resources all designed to help reduce and prevent exposures to toxic chemicals.

    Read more »


  • November 17, 2011

    Physicians Voice Health Concerns about Coal

    PSR chapters continue to make powerful strides to get the U.S. off of coal and onto clean, healthy, renewable energy sources. Just in the past week, PSR activists in Oregon, Iowa and Michigan conducted an impressive series of public events, media visits and Grand Rounds presentations.

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  • November 17, 2011

    Dr. Bob Gould on Nuclear Weapons

     Dr. Bob Gould spoke to students at Oregon Health and Science University about nuclear weapons and the need for meaningful reductions in spending on these Cold War relics. As Congress weighs many competing priorities in an effort to reduce our country’s deficit, the decision to drastically cut spending on these dangerous, unnecessary weapons—and to save billions in the process—should be an easy call.  Send a message to Congress to tell them to sweep nuclear weapons into the dustbin of history.



  • November 16, 2011

    Putting Nuclear Weapons on the Ballot! PSR KC Leads the Nation.

    PSR/Kansas City is leading a coalition aimed at stopping the construction of a nuclear weapons parts plant in their community.  The innovative organizing by PSR staff Ann Suellentrop, MSRN and Alicia Dressman is inspiring activists all over the nation and the world.  As part of their campaign, they have collected thousands of signatures - enough to put this issue before the voters of Kansas City. Read more on this ballot initiative. 

    Also, don't miss this short video of PSR Board member Ira Helfand, MD speaking during a recent 1 More 4 Zero tour in KC to a crowd of 400 at the local Occupy protest.



  • November 10, 2011

    Beating war drums will not bring peace!

    The International Atomic Energy Association has released a report that details Iran’s ongoing pursuit of a dual-use nuclear program. As some in the U.S. react with aggressive posturing, PSR recognizes that threatening Iran with a military attack only further empowers Iranian hard-liners. An air strike on Iran would have enormous human costs and would likely plunge the entire Middle East into further chaos and violence, disrupting public health services and putting the well-being of thousands more civilians at risk. An attack on Iran would validate the arguments of those in Iran that support nuclear weapons acquisition for security reasons. The U.S. must continue to engage Iran diplomatically and help create a more stable and peaceful Middle East region. Read more »

    Also see our in-depth study on the health impacts of an attack on Iran.



  • November 8, 2011

    PSR Featured in “The Story of Broke”

    PSR is a featured partner in a brand new video called "The Story of Broke." Created by the same team that brought you "The Story of Stuff"—a viral success with 15 million views—this new video explains how skewed priorities are driving the U.S. deficit crisis. We spend trillions of dollars on a bloated defense budget and subsidies for dirty energy instead of promoting a clean, green economic future.

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  • November 8, 2011

    Join, Renew or Give!

    Support PSR in asserting a strong medical and public health voice for the prevention of nuclear war and proliferation and to slow, stop and reverse toxic degradation of the environment and global warming. Your tax-deductable contribution will help ensure that we have the resources necessary to work towards a healthy, just and peaceful world for present and future generations. Thank you!

    Donate Now »


  • November 7, 2011

    12,000 Citizens Protest Tar Sands Pipeline

    PSR was part of the human chain that encircled the White House on Sunday urging President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone pipeline that would carry tar sands oil across 1,700 miles of American heartland, extending the threat of oil spills and increasing world reliance on fossil fuels, thus greatly increasing the threat of irreversible climate change.

    Learn more »



  • November 4, 2011

    PSR senior scientist educates on coal in Michigan

    PSR board member Alan Lockwood, MD FAAN, will be speaking across Michigan on the dangers to health posed by coal-fired power plants. His tour will include a Grand Rounds presentation at a hospital in Lansing; a meeting with student anti-coal activists at Michigan State University; a reception with PSR members in Ann Arbor, and face-to-face meetings with three newspaper editorial boards. Dr. Lockwood is the lead author of PSR's report, Coal’s Assault on Human Health.

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  • November 4, 2011

    Tar Sands Pipeline Protest at the White House

    PSR's executive director, Peter Wilk, MD, will address an estimated 10,000 people outside the White House on Sunday as we urge President Obama: Don't build the Keystone XL Pipeline. The proposed pipeline would carry tar sands oil across 1,500 miles of American heartland, extending the threat of oil spills and increasing world reliance on fossil fuels, thus greatly increasing the threat of irreversible climate change.

    Learn more »


  • November 4, 2011

    We had a great time at APHA!

    PSR Board leaders, members, and professional staff had a wonderful time at this year’s American Public Health Association (APHA) conference in DC.  We collected over 400 names of potential new members at our booth in the exhibit hall. We participated in a wide variety of sessions on our key public policy issues.  And, we were thrilled to have two of our own recognized for their exceptional work. Dr. Jack Geiger was awarded for his ground breaking work, his vision, and his life-long commitment to physician activism. Dr. Howard Hu received the prestigious APHA Award for Excellence.



  • November 4, 2011

    Health hazards of fragrances

    Walk down the aisle of your local drug store, and you’ll find dozens of fragranced products – soaps, shampoos, perfumes, lipsticks, cleaning products, air fresheners, candles, even toys – all designed to make you like them. The complex, proprietary mix of chemicals that make up those fragrances can do more than just appeal to your senses, however. They can also affect your health, like other synthetic, industrial chemicals. Learn more about fragrances and your health in the latest Environmental Health Policy Institute.



  • November 1, 2011

    An Occasion to Honor H. Jack Geiger, M.D.

    A packed room at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association listened to dozens of tributes, words of gratitude and heartfelt admiration for Dr. Jack Geiger, a founding member of PSR who has dedicated his life to combating poverty and racism, protecting human rights, and preventing war. Beloved as a  teacher and mentor, Dr. Geiger has inspired generations of physicians to have the courage to right the world’s wrongs. PSR thanks Dr. Geiger for his vision in helping found our organization and for his belief that we can all work for a safer, more peaceful and just world.



  • October 28, 2011

    Wisconsin Medical Students Screen Tar Sands Documentary

    University of Wisconsin Student PSR hosted a screening of Downstream, a compelling account of physician Dr. John O'Connor's efforts to sound the alarm about the health and environmental damage suffered by a small community near the Canadian tar sands. The short film illustrates the risks and benefits of patient advocacy as a health provider. Wisconsin medical students Joel Charles and Jasmine Wiley organized the event.
    Watch the 33-minute video here »



  • October 27, 2011

    California Medical Association Calls for Safety Assessments for Nuclear Reactors

    A new resolution passed by the California Medical Association calls on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to implement the safety recommendations of the Fukushima Task Force, and also calls for an assessment of seismic risk for new nuclear reactors before licensing. PSR Board member Dr. Robert Gould co-authored the resolution. With PSR support, the CMA also passed several resolutions calling for health protective regulation of food marketing to children, agricultural practices, nanoparticles and for the banning of triclosan from consumer and health care products.

    Read the resolutions »


  • October 21, 2011

    To President Obama: Time to ban nuclear weapons testing now!

    The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty is an essential treaty on our path to nuclear abolition. An international consensus against nuclear weapons testing will aid global disarmament efforts by restricting one of the most dangerous practices used for modernizing or developing a nuclear program. Our hope is that the CTBT will help build on the recent surge of international attention given to the continued risk posed by these weapons. President Obama has expressed his support for the CTBT, however, we must push him and Congress to ensure that this treaty is successfully ratified. Sign our CTBT petition today!

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  • October 21, 2011

    PSR Past Presidents build case for cuts in nukes in key states

    Dr. Ira Helfand and Dr. Jeff Patterson, past PSR Presidents, travelled to Kansas City and Los Angeles respectively to build support for nuclear weapons abolition in the face of the upcoming budget debate in Congress. Both speakers addressed activists, concerned citizens, and students as part of speaker tours that are occurring across the country this Fall. PSR's medical voice on the case for nuclear disarmament is essential as we press for implementation of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

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  • October 21, 2011

    San Clemente Calls for Greater Restrictions on San Onofre Reactor

    PSR’s Dr. William Perkins was among the experts testifying before the San Clemente City Council earlier this month raising concerns about the public health risks associated with the San Onofre nuclear reactor. Dr. Perkins' presentation focused on the health effects of radiation exposure in the event of a nuclear accident. The City Council later voted 5-0 to call on the federal government to develop a plan for dealing with spent fuel, improved evacuation plans, and other measures to protect the public.



 

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