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  • 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.

  • October 21, 2011

    Honoring Jack Geiger, M.D. at APHA

    Join PSR as we attend a special session celebrating Jack Geiger’s lifelong work as a physician–activist combating poverty and racism, protecting human rights, and preventing war. A founding member of PSR, Dr. Geiger co-authored in 1961 the series of articles on “The Medical Consequences of Thermonuclear War” in the New England Journal of Medicine. Sun., Oct. 30, 2:30 to 4:30 PM at the Washington Convention Center, Room 101, Washington, D.C.

    Read Dr. Geiger’s comments on the occasion of PSR’s 50th Anniversary.

  • October 19, 2011

    Northern California Welcomes Dr. Vic Sidel

    As part of his Northern California speaking tour, Dr. Vic Sidel, Distinguished University Professor of Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, spoke to medical students and faculty at the University of California-Davis and University of California-San Francisco about the health effects of war, his work for nuclear disarmament, and the 50-year history of PSR. At the UC-Davis event, Dr. Claire Pomeroy, dean of the medical school, introduced Dr. Sidel and lauded him for inspiring generations of students to work for peace and justice.

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  • October 7, 2011

    Dr. Ira Helfand speaks to Kansas City residents on urgent need for nuclear abolition

    Dr. Ira Helfand, past PSR President, was in Kansas City to address the upcoming nuclear weapons budget debate and the opposition to the Kansas City Nuclear Weapons Plant. Dr. Helfand debated a proponent of the Kansas City Plant on Sunday, October 9th. He also addressed students and a religious congregation as part of the Nuclear Disarmament speaking tour.

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  • October 6, 2011

    Environmental Justice and Toxic Chemical Exposures

    "Imagine living surrounded by chrome plating facilities, lead smelters, and plastics- and pesticide-manufacturing facilities," writes Martha Dina Arguello, Executive Director of LA-PSR. "On some days the fetid stench from the local rendering plant is so pervasive that long-term residents no longer notice it. That is the area where my family lives." Read how she and other environmental justice leaders address socioeconomic disparities in toxic chemical exposures in the latest Environmental Health Policy Institute.

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  • October 6, 2011

    A rare moment of opportunity to cut nukes!

    Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) is circulating a “Dear Colleague Letter” to other Representatives asking Congress to make $200 billion in cuts to the nuclear weapons budget over 10 years. These cuts would achieve much-needed reductions in our current bloated nuclear arsenal. By taking this action, our nation would also send a positive message to the international community and thus advance future disarmament agreements. Please take a moment to contact your Representative now, asking them to sign on to Rep. Markey's letter.

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  • September 30, 2011

    PSR: Delay of Clean Air Regulations Creates Public Health Risks

    Executive Director Peter Wilk, MD urged lawmakers to protect the health of all Americans by preserving regulations that reduce mercury and other pollutants in the air. Speaking at a September 21 press conference with the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Dr. Wilk related the impacts of air pollution on the cardiovascular system, lungs and brain, and called on the Senate to reject regressive proposals such as the TRAIN Act and other legislation which would severely undermine public health protections.

    Read Dr. Wilk's testimony »

  • September 29, 2011

    Collaborating for a Stronger PSR

    Eighteen chapter leaders gathered in Chicago last September for a dynamic two days of networking, strategizing and learning.  Joined by national staff and meeting under the banner “Collaborating for a Stronger PSR,” the leaders focused on improving their recruitment of health professionals, building membership and tapping the talents of others in the network.  The group welcomed several new faces, including two executive directors.

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  • September 22, 2011

    Runaway TRAIN: Congress launches another attack on clean air

    A new bill under consideration by Congress would severely weaken the Clean Air Act. The so-called "TRAIN Act" would not only delay action on cleaning the air; it could also block permanently two vital Clean Air rules – one on mercury and air toxics, the other on airborne pollutants that cross state lines. If enacted into law, the Act is expected to result in an estimated 34,000 premature deaths every year. Those deaths would be avoided if the rules were implemented as proposed.

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  • September 20, 2011

    The Dark Side of Nuclear Power

    Many feel that we need nuclear power to get away from fossil fuels and others think that there is a better way.  September 14, 2011 Eric Epstein, Chairman of Three Mile Alert presented "Dark Side of Nuclear Power" answered questions at our Chapter meeting at the Polyclinic Cafeteria.

  • Coal Ash
    September 20, 2011

    Faze out Dirty Coal and Use Clean Technology

    Coal and oil companies continue to pound us in the media stating that fossil fuels must be increasingly used and give very little support to the clean alternative sources. They ignore the true costs to our environment and health. In June, Dr. Jim Jones penned a letter to the editor discussing the hazards and expenses of their use.

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  • September 15, 2011

    PSR and Beyond Nuclear Co-Sponsor Hill Briefing on Fukushima

    Aileen Mioko Smith led a Japanese delegation to Capitol Hill on Monday, September 19 to draw attention to the devastating impact of the nuclear disaster on families, children and livelihoods in Japan. Of particular concern is the lack of radiation monitoring by the Japanese government. The representatives discussed hurdles facing families trying to evacuate from contaminated areas and the impact on farmers. PSR and Beyond Nuclear sponsored a briefing for Senators and their staff.

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  • September 12, 2011

    Explosion at Nuclear Facility in France Kills 1, Injures 4

    Six months after the Fukushima nuclear disaster started in Japan, there are reports of another nuclear accident, this one in southern France. An explosion in the furnace of the Marcoule nuclear site has killed one worker, and injured at least four others. PSR raised concerns in a recent news conference about the inadequacy of the U.S. response to Fukushima. This latest accident shows once again the need for the U.S. to closely examine such accidents and to use these findings to inform policy decisions.

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  • September 8, 2011

    Remembering "3/11": Six Months After the Fukushima Reactor Disaster, Key Lessons Appear to be Going Unlearned

    At a news conference today, three leading U.S. experts voiced concerns regarding the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan.  PSR’s President-Elect Dr. Andrew Kanter warned that the dangers associated with radiation exposure to the people in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture are being minimized and that “exposing non-consenting people, especially children, to these increased health risks is medically unacceptable.”  These experts also cautioned that the U.S. response, thus far, has been inadequate to prevent a similar nuclear catastrophe from happening in the U.S. and urged faster action to address the danger.

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