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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

    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

    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. 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 »

  • December 13, 2011

    PSR to Congress: Limit emissions of mercury and hazardous air toxics

    Mercury, benzene, asbestos, lead, and chromium are gravely hazardous air pollutants, especially to children and fetuses. PSR has sent a letter to Congress (pdf) calling for effective controls of these pollutants.

  • December 12, 2011

    Members Making a Difference: Meet Dr. Thomas B. Newman

    Thomas B. Newman, MD, MPH
    San Francisco-Bay Area PSR Steering Committee and National Board member
    San Carlos, California

    "PSR continues the proud tradition of physicians' advocacy to protect public health, a tradition particularly strong in pediatrics. I work with PSR because the issues are vitally important and the people I work with are inspiring." Read more »

  • 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.

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  • 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.


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