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  • 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 »

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Read more »

  • 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 »


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