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  • June 17, 2011

    Austin PSR Announces New Director Diane Papillion, MPH, RD

    Diane Papillion MPH, RD grew up in Texas City, TX right next door to a petroleum refinery and thus began her concerns with environmental health. As a parent of two young children, she is passionate about children’s health. She has a long history of work with non-profits and community organization. From 2002-2010, she was the nutrition services director of Meals on Wheels and More in Austin, TX and created their successful Meals for Kids and Meals on Two Wheels (bike delivery) programs. She is working to engage the community to become more environmentally and civically involved.



  • June 16, 2011

    Experts Address the Role of Environmental Chemicals in Cancer

    Cancer exacts a terrible toll on Americans – more than 1,500 people die of the disease every day. In the search for the causes of cancer, scientists are increasingly aware of the role of chemicals in the environment. The National Toxicology Program recently listed formaldehyde and styrene as known and likely human carcinogens, respectively. These two widely-used chemicals join the ranks of hundreds of cancer-causing agents in the environment. This month, the Environmental Health Policy Institute highlights seven essays by public health experts on the relationship between toxic chemicals in the environment and cancer.



  • June 14, 2011

    Is this the road to zero?

    Our Kansas City PSR Chapter and their tireless leader Ann Suellentrop, MSRN are challenging the local nuclear weapons component plant. PSR knows these facilities bring fewer jobs than would a similar investment in green jobs, but they do bring substantial health concerns to the impacted communities. We need to raise our voices to challenge this dangerous and expensive project. We ask, "is this the road to zero we've heard so much about?" Read a powerful statement from Ann on the consequences of nuclear weapons production on Kansas City.



  • June 3, 2011

    PSR Testifies for Reducing Hazardous Air Pollutants

    At recent hearings held by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), PSR health professionals spoke out in favor of strong, effective limits on toxic air emissions from power plants. Read more »

    Read the June 10 Des Moines Register op-ed by Dr. McCue on the risks of nuclear power and the need for Iowa to invest its "limited resources in safe, proven, growing options like energy efficiency and renewable energy."



  • May 24, 2011

    PSR health professionals speak out on the right to breathe clean air

    PSR health professionals, representing PSR chapters from coast to coast, traveled to Washington, D.C. recently to convey to policymakers a simple, powerful message: All Americans have a right to breathe clean, healthy air.

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  • May 13, 2011

    Protecting Public Health Through Clean Air Regulations

    Earlier this month, a PSR delegation of health care professionals from ten states completed two days of congressional and executive branch meetings discussing the health imperatives around this issue. Working with colleague organizations and using PSR’s new report The Clean Air Act: A Proven Tool for Health Air, we cited the well-documented health benefits of keeping the Clean Air Act strong.



  • May 3, 2011

    PSR Highlights the Health Benefits of the Clean Air Act and Points to Further Opportunities for Saving Lives

    Physicians for Social Responsibility releases its report, The Clean Air Act: A Proven Tool for Healthy Air, a review of the health protections achieved through air pollution prevention that also identifies how pollution continues to threaten the health of many Americans.

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  • April 26, 2011

    Are You Within a Nuclear Reactor Accident Evacuation Zone?

    You might be. One-third of Americans live within 50 miles of a nuclear reactor. Check out our new mapping tool to see if you fall within an evacuation zone and are at risk.

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) mandates that nuclear operators have plans for a 10-mile radius in the event of an accident.  However, in the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis, the NRC recommended a 50-mile evacuation zone for Americans.

    Learn more »



  • April 26, 2011

    Physicians Cite Flawed Evacuation Zones, Nuclear’s Health Risks on Chernobyl Anniversary

    PSR physician experts gathered at the National Press Club on April 26 -- the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident -- to draw comparisons between Chernobyl and  the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis, and to issue a warning about the inadequacies of emergency preparedness, in the event of such an accident in the United States.

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  • April 21, 2011

    Taking it to the States!

    PSR was on the road again with a speakers tour in Maine and New Hampshire. Dr. Ira Helfand, Dr. Robert Dodge, and Col. Richard Klass (retired) paired up to present Nuclear Security Issues: Medical and Military Perspectives, our vision for a world free from the horrors of nuclear weapons. Don’t miss the great op-ed by Dodge and Klass, who write, “New Hampshire Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Shaheen have an opportunity to help lead a bipartisan majority to stop the worldwide testing of nuclear weapons and help reduce the risk posed from these weapons of mass destruction.”

    Dr. Ira Helfand and Col. Richard Klass write in an op-ed in The Times Record, "Maine’s Sens. Collins and Snowe have the singular opportunity to lead a bipartisan majority to stop the worldwide testing of nuclear weapons."



  • April 14, 2011

    Every Breath You Take

    This month, PSR’s Environmental Health Policy Institute posts essays on air pollution and health. At a time when Congress is pushing to limit the ability of the EPA to control air pollution, these essays provide important information on the true cost of dirty air. Read what top air health and science experts think is the most important achievement we've gained through air pollution management, as well as what they think remains to be done to safeguard public health from air pollution.



  • April 14, 2011

    Lown-Alexander-Sidel Award Bestowed on Tova Fuller

    At this year’s student conference “Rx for Survival,” Dr. Tova Fuller was awarded the first Lown-Alexander-Sidel Award for excellence in medical advocacy. Dr. Fuller was recognized for her ability to inspire other medical students and her contributions to advancing PSR’s mission. She served as national representative for Student Physicians for Social Responsibility from 2006 to 2009 and was instrumental in expanding the student program in both membership and new chapters. Read more »



  • March 30, 2011

    Plutonium Carries Serious Risks to Public Health and the Environment

    The release of plutonium from at least one of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear reactors carries serious risks to public health and the environment, according to PSR. Inhalation of a plutonium particle the size of a speck of dust can lead to lung cancer and death. The particle’s extensive half-life also means it will impact the environment for thousands of years if released into the soil, air or sea.

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  • March 30, 2011

    Large International Conference Confirms that PSR’s Voice of Urgency is Needed

    It has been a privilege on behalf of PSR to be participating for the past two days in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Annual Conference on Nuclear Policy. This gathering with over 700 top level participants from 40 countries has been grappling with some of the most pressing issues facing our world today.

    Read the rest of the blog post by Peter Wilk, MD »


  • March 25, 2011

    Wind Blows Coal Away

    Kristen Welker-Hood, ScD MSN, Director of Environmental Health Programs provided expert testimony at the Maryland House of Delegates and the Senate this month. She presented in support of offshore wind energy by detailing the public health impacts of coal-fired power plants. PSR strongly supports clean, renewable energy policies, which improve air quality and displace dirty electric generation.

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  • March 23, 2011

    PSR Deeply Concerned About Reports of Increased Radioactivity in Food Supply

    PSR expressed concern over recent reports that radioactivity from the ongoing Fukushima accident is present in the Japanese food supply. While all food contains radionuclides, whether from natural sources, nuclear testing or otherwise, the increased levels found in Japanese spinach and milk pose health risks to the population. PSR also expressed alarm over the level of misinformation circulating in press reports about the degree to which radiation exposure can be considered "safe."

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  • Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant
    March 22, 2011

    PSR Calls for a US Moratorium on New Nuclear Reactors, Citing Medical Risks

    PSR has called for a nationwide moratorium on new nuclear reactors in the United States and a suspension of operations at the nuclear reactors with a similar design as those involved in the disaster in Japan, as well as those on fault lines.

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  • March 17, 2011

    Radiation and Health: The Japanese Nuclear Crisis and Health Impacts

    The ongoing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant seriously threatens human health and will continue to pose a threat for an indeterminate period. That’s the message that PSR spokespeople have been carrying to the public through the mass media over the past week.

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  • March 12, 2011

    Japanese Nuclear Reactor Crisis Continues

    On March 12, a buildup of hydrogen caused an explosion in the turbine room at the Fukushima Daiichi Unit-1 reactor in Japan.  The Japanese government is reporting that the reactor vessel is intact, but it is not known if the explosion caused any damage to it. The government is evacuating 200,000 people within 12 miles and is also reported to be distributing potassium iodine pills to reduce the risk of thyroid cancer.  In a desperate effort to prevent a nuclear meltdown, the reactor operator is flooding the reactor with seawater. Listen to the March 12 press conference with nuclear experts, including PSR’s Dr. Ira Helfand. Read more »



  • March 12, 2011

    Japan's Nuclear Reactor Crisis Worsens

    On March 17, helicopters began dumping water on Unit-3 in an effort to cover the spent fuel, which may have been exposed to the air. These efforts have been stop-and-go, as radiation levels have been very high around this unit, putting workers at risk. The US embassy in Japan has issued guidelines for personnel to remain at least 80 km away from the reactors. Read more »

    Listen to the audio from the press event with radiation and health experts here.



 

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