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  • December 20, 2012

    News You May Have Missed in 2012: Physicians Press for Strong Clean Air Regulations

    In 2012, thanks to our dedicated members, we spoke at hearings, briefings and other venues where the expertise of medical doctors made a qualitative contribution to the discussion on clean air.  On behalf of PSR’s 50,000 members and activists, we sent statements and letters to key decision-makers.  And we used the media -- press conferences, interviews, and editorial board meetings -- to reach the broader public.

  • December 20, 2012

    News You May Have Missed in 2012: PSR Raises "Health Voices for Clean Air"

    This fall, PSR Board Member Alan Lockwood, M.D. travelled to Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin to educate the public on the health benefits of clean air and the need for measures to regulate air pollutants including carbon. The intensive six-month campaign mobilized physicians and other health professionals to speak out to protect and improve clean air for America.

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  • December 17, 2012

    Nuclear Security News from 2012: PSR Releases Nuclear Famine Report

    A report jointly released in April by PSR and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and authored  by PSR Board Member Dr. Ira Helfand showed that even a limited nuclear war involving less than half a percent of the world's nuclear arsenals would result in climate disruption that would cause a global famine. The report garnered widespread media attention and interest across the country.  

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  • December 17, 2012

    News You May Have Missed in 2012: Environmental Toxins and Brain Development

    This past April, PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute tackled how toxins in the environment affect brain development in children and how public policy can confront this challenge.  With essays by David Bellinger, MD; David O. Carpenter, MD; I. Leslie Rubin, MD and Bernard Weiss, PhD, the institute explored the connection between environmental factors and the human brain.  In 2013, PSR will press for regulations to address this issue by using our medical and public healh voice to demand comprehensive and enforceable policies.

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  • Drs. Sid Alexander, Bob Gould, Vic Sidel and Andy Kanter
    December 12, 2012

    News You May Have Missed in 2012: Health, Peace, and Social Justice Symposium

    At a November symposium honoring Victor W. Sidel, MD for his work in pursuit of peace and justice, PSR leaders joined Dr. Sidel's colleagues from Einstein-Montefiore to honor the many facets of Dr. Sidel's life's work. 

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  • December 5, 2012

    Momentum for Nuclear Spending Cuts Is Building

    On Tuesday, December 4th, Representative Edward Markey (D-MA) released a letter signed by 45 Congressional leaders outlining cuts that could save our nation much needed money by reducing our nuclear arsenal along with our Cold War baggage. Our spending reflects our priorities and wasting billions on nuclear weapons over rebuilding our economy does not reflect a wise choice for maintaining America's competitiveness in the future.

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  • November 28, 2012

    Stepping Back from the Fiscal Cliff

    Issues critical to PSR are threatened by the "fiscal cliff" -- proposed sweeping cuts in the federal budget. Contact your Member of Congress or local newspaper today to call for a budget that protects human health and survival:

    Reduce unnecessary expenditures on old-fashioned weapons systems.

    Save money by reducing subsidies to the nuclear industry.

    Prevent asthma, cancer and stroke from air pollution -- don't cut the EPA.

  • November 21, 2012

    Environmental Health Policy Institute Addresses Radiation and Health

    Power shouldn't be poisonous. That simple belief undergirds PSR's latest Environmental Health Policy Institute, which examines the implications of radiation exposure from accidents at nuclear reactors. What are the health threats from radiation? Is there is a "safe" exposure level? How serious was the accident at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant? In case of a nuclear accident, is evacuation feasible? And what should we do about the toxic spent fuels accumulating at each of America's 103 active nuclear power reactors?

    Read this month’s Institute for answers

  • November 14, 2012

    Activists Rally Against Coal Export in Salem, Oregon

    More than 100 activists from Oregon PSR and other groups rallied Tuesday to oppose a proposed dock for coal barges on the Columbia River in Oregon. Oregon PSR's Dr. Andy Harris spoke at the rally, citing the health effects of coal dust and air pollution. The state will decide by December 12 whether to issue a permit for the dock.

    Dr. Harris is the founder and director of Professionals' Training in Global Health at Oregon Health & Science University’s Global Health Center. He is a board certified ophthalmologist, a Clinical Assistant Professor at Casey Eye Institute, and a Clinical Correspondent for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. 

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  • October 31, 2012

    Washington PSR Hosts Annual Dinner

    WPSR recently hosted its annual dinner in Seattle, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Holly M. Barker (pictured) of the University of Washington speaking on "Justice, Climate Change & Nuclear Energy."

    View photos from the dinner here »

  • October 31, 2012

    Ready to Talk about Climate Change?

    Hurricane Sandy pounded first the Caribbean and then a huge swath of the US with rain, high winds and flooding. The overall death toll is nearing 100; economic costs are still to be counted. Will this monster storm be the evidence that finally convinces the American people that climate change is real? Read our latest blog post on the need to understand that extreme weather events are the outcome of burning fossil fuels.

  • October 29, 2012

    News You May Have Missed in 2012: Nuclear Reactors Vulnerable in Hurricane, Storm Surge

    The unprecedented storm that hit the northeast last October threatened 16 nuclear reactors in its path, including Oyster Creek, Hope Creek and Salem in New Jersey; Indian Point in New York; Millstone in Connecticut; and Vermont Yankee.

    New reports explain further the vulnerabilities of nuclear reactors and the risk they pose to the public’s health and safety.

  • October 19, 2012

    Dr. Andy Kanter Speaks to PSR Hershey Students

    Members of the Penn State Hershey medical student chapter recently welcomed PSR Board President Andy Kanter, MD MPH to the Harrisburg Hershey area for student meetings and the chapter's annual dinner. Dr. Kanter's message of global concern and his commitment to promoting the role of physicians in healing our world resonated with students and long-term members alike.

  • October 19, 2012

    USF Students Teach Grade School Kids About Gardening and Nutrition

    The University of South Florida’s Student PSR chapter recently co-sponsored an event to plant a number of Earth Box container gardens, filled with healthy produce from squash to string beans, to a local Tampa elementary school. The experience empowers the K-2nd graders to learn about more where their food comes from as well as getting them excited to try new foods and make healthier choices. Check out this great student blog to see more!

  • October 17, 2012

    Chapter Leaders Conference

    PSR chapter leaders will come together in Tampa, Florida February 8-9 for the 2013 PSR Chapter Leaders Conference. Chapter leaders will share information and gain new knowledge about program and administrative effectiveness, facilitate ongoing relationships between and among attendees, and encourage synergy with regard to sharing ideas as well as cost savings.

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  • October 17, 2012

    The story behind Harrisburg's Peace Garden

    "Walk along its paths and you will see, sprinkled throughout the beds and under the trees, a number of bronze plaques bearing words of wisdom from some of the world’s most highly esteemed statesmen, religious figures and ordinary citizens." 

    For more than 20 years Harrisburg-PSR and The City of Harrisburg collaborate to bring a message to their community, peace.  An Op-ed in the Patriot-News tells the story behind Harrisburg's Peace Garden. 

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  • October 5, 2012

    Debates Offer Opportunity to Weigh Candidates’ Positions

    As the presidential campaign continues, PSR members are asking for a real debate on the environment, nuclear weapons, and the future of our energy policy. On Monday, October 22nd, dozens of PSR members joined us on Facebook to discuss these issues and the candidates' responses live during the debate. Before you cast your ballot Nov. 6, look for answers from the Presidential candidates on these key questions.

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  • October 5, 2012

    Health Expert Speaks in Muscatine, Iowa

    In an event co-sponsored by PSR Iowa and Clean Air Muscatine, pediatrician and clean air advocate Dr. Yolanda Whyte recently spoke about creating a healthy environment at Musser Public Library in Muscatine, Iowa. Dr. Whyte’s experience serving rural communities and on medical missions informs her activism. Committed to inspiring others to take action, she will describe what we can all do to address air pollution, water quality, food quality and safe chemicals.

    Dr. Whyte was joined by Native American Environmental Advocate Elsa Johnson and Dr. Balasubrimanium from India.

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  • September 25, 2012

    Obama addresses escalating tensions with Iran at UN

    In remarks to the United Nations on Tuesday, September 25th, President Obama addressed the escalating tensions surrounding Iran's nuclear program. As some political leaders in the United States and Israel try to build the case for a military strike, Obama said, "Let me be clear: America wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy, and we believe that there is still time and space to do so. But that time is not unlimited." Take action to help us ensure the United States stays committed to a diplomatic solution to this conflict.

  • September 24, 2012

    Student PSR News from 2012: Chapters Welcome New Members

    As medical schools welcomed students back to school in September, Student PSR chapters were busy signing up new members and making plans for the coming year. Although faced with hectic schedules and demanding course work, these medical students make time to blend their commitment to healing with a sense of caring for the larger world. SPSR provides opportunities to work side-by-side with classmates, faculty and other physicians who share the same values.  For more information check our student pages or contact Mathias Pollock.

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