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  • October 3, 2012
    Is the Department of Energy trying to smother Hanford critique?

    Terms limits are proposed for Hanford Advisory Board, which oversees cleanup of the Hanford Site. Washington PSR currently holds a seat on the board.

    Source: Crosscut
  • September 25, 2012
    No more nuclear loan guarantees

    PSR’s Safe Energy program feels that loan guarantees for nuclear energy is a boondoggle.

  • September 23, 2012
    Family Planning: The Great Debate

    Kimberly Carter, MD, APSR Board Member stated, “If we want healthy children, adults … healthy Texans, who are not going to continue to be a burden on the social welfare system, then we should champion ways to make individuals responsible for their contraception and personal health,” Dr. Carter was one of four panelists on “Family Planning: The Great Debate,” one of many topics discussed during the 2012 Texas Tribune Festival in Austin.

    Source: Texas Medical Association
  • September 22, 2012
    The threat of a new nuclear arms race

    A letter to the editor from PSR executive director Dr. Catherine Thomasson.

    Source: The Washington Post
  • September 21, 2012
    Ronald Saff: Clock keeps ticking while climate keeps changing

    Climate change is a serious threat to human health and the environment. Yet, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is approving permits for new biomass plants. At the same time, it is doing virtually nothing to cut down on the millions of tons of global-warming and disease-causing pollutants spewed yearly from Florida’s 12 coal-fired power plants.

    Source: Tallahassee Democrat
  • September 21, 2012
    PSR Raises “Health Voices for Clean Air”

    PSR board member and senior scientist Alan Lockwood, MD FAAN, spoke recently at Michigan’s Green Healthcare Conference as part of PSR’s “Health Voices for Clean Air” fall campaign.

  • September 20, 2012
    Myths And Facts About Coal

    A November 2009 report by Physicians for Social Responsibility said the health consequences of coal "are multiple and have widespread and damaging impact."

    Source: Media Matters for America
  • September 19, 2012
    Consumer study finds high levels of arsenic in rice products

    Wisconsin Environmental Health Network's (WEHN) Dr. Elizabeth Neary, a pediatrician, says arsenic can harm babies who are still growing.

    Source: WKOW
  • September 19, 2012
    Popular Children’s Lunch Contains Hidden Danger, Groups Warn

    Some children may be at greater risk from mercury in tuna than previously thought, finds a new study by the Mercury Policy Project.

  • September 19, 2012
    Take tuna off school menus, group says

    A coalition of consumer groups including PSR is recommending the U.S. Department of Agriculture get tuna out of school lunchrooms after tests of canned tuna sold to schools found highly variable levels of mercury, in some cases higher than federal guidelines.

    Source: USA Today
  • September 17, 2012
    Voters must press both parties to address climate change

    Fortunately, a popular movement to minimize climate change is beginning (for example, see 350.org or Physicians for Social Responsibility), and government has taken some steps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

    Source: Kennebec Journal
  • September 16, 2012
    I.C. resident bikes across Japan to raise awareness

    In her bicycle trek across Japan last month, Iowa City resident Michelle Gin of Iowa PSR met a number of hibakusha, the Japanese term for survivors of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the U.S. in 1945.

    Source: Iowa City Press Citizen
  • September 12, 2012
    Former PSR Board Member to Receive Prestigious Heinz Award

    Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation today announced Dr. Richard Joseph Jackson, a pediatrician and public health physician, as a recipient of one of five prestigious Heinz Awards.

  • September 10, 2012
    Multnomah County Begins Health Study On Coal Export Risks

    Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen said he ordered the study because he wants answers to basic questions.

    Source: EarthFix
  • September 7, 2012
    How the Clean Air Act Has Saved $22 Trillion in Health-Care Costs

    In an excerpt from The Silent Epidemic, neurologist and PSR board member Alan H. Lockwood examines how even if the entire cost of complying with the Clean Air Act were assumed by the federal government, we would still be vastly ahead financially.

    Source: The Atlantic
  • August 22, 2012
    Toxic Coal Blues

    According to Regna Merritt of Oregon Physicians of Social Responsibility, coal creates a substantial number of health risks, from the exposure to people working in coal mines, to the coal dust and diesel emitted along transportation routes, to the air pollution caused by burning the fossil fuel itself.

    Source: The Portland Observer
  • August 17, 2012
    Health Care Community Pushes Back Against Ameren's Attempt To Stall On Emissions Reductions

    Chicago Physicians for Responsibility Executive Director Dr. Sarah Lovinger warned that the potential health implications for residents should not be overshadowed because of economic concerns.

    Source: Progress Illinois
  • August 15, 2012
    Johnson & Johnson to remove harsh chemicals from baby products

    PSR is among the groups that have been pushing Johnson & Johnson to remove toxic chemicals from its products.

    Source: NBC News
  • August 15, 2012
    Hell and High Water

    Harrisburg Chapter Leader, Dr. James E. Jones, on the effects of armospheric CO2 continuing climb

  • August 7, 2012
    Activists Stop Traffic at Navy's West Coast Trident Submarine Base on Hiroshima Anniversary

    Activists representing Physicians for Social Responsibility, Washington Chapter, arrived at Ground Zero on Saturday during the Bike to the Bomb bicycle ride. Bike to the Bomb protests the use of nuclear weapons against the people of Japan, and spotlights the massive nuclear arsenal stored and deployed at Bangor.

    Source: Salem News
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  • April 25, 2014
    4th Annual Soul of Medicine Dinner
    Friday, April 25th. Chicago PSR's annual celebration, this year honoring Dr. David Ansell. Free for medical students.