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  • November 28, 2012
    Toxic Chemicals Linked to Cancer Found in Couches

    "Communities of color and low-income communities are disproportionately impacted by toxic chemicals from many sources," says Ana Mascarenas, with Physicians for Social Responsibility - Los Angeles.

    Source: Sacramento Bee
  • November 18, 2012
    Chemical companies using denial and delaying tactics with BPA

    Dr. Lani Graham and Dr. Daniel Oppenheim of PSR/Maine decry industry efforts to slow actions against preventing children's exposure to bisphenol-A.

    Source: Lewiston Sun Journal
  • 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 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.

  • 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
  • May 7, 2012
    Chicago Tribune Investigation Reveals Deceptive Chemical Industry Tactics Promoting Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals

    "Scientific evidence is exhaustive, yet the flame retardant industry continues to deceive the public and policymakers," says Martha Dina Arguello of Physicians for Social Responsibility-LA.

    Source: Californians For Toxic Free Fire Safety
  • April 7, 2012
    Take steps to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals

    A helpful guide to avoiding harmful chemicals, co-authored by PSR Tampa Bay's Dr. Lynn Ringenberg and Marybeth Palmigiano.

    Source: Tampa Bay Times
  • January 18, 2012
    Health Group Announces Intent to Sue EPA Over Toxic Coal Ash

    Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) joined environmental groups in announcing their intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in federal court to force the release of long-awaited federal safeguards for toxic coal ash.

  • January 12, 2012
    Two Decades of Work Result in Strong Rules to Reduce Toxic Mercury Exposure

    Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) has worked for twenty-two years to protect the public from the severe toxic effects of mercury. Mercury, a neurotoxin, damages the developing brain; fetuses, infants and children exposed to mercury can suffer lifelong developmental delays, loss of IQ and mental retardation. In adults, mercury can damage the heart and kidneys.

  • December 15, 2011
    Toxics Poster Now Available in Arabic!

    History of toxics poster now available in Arabic.

  • November 22, 2011
    Video: Toxic Toys

    Dr. Lani Graham, PSR Maine board member, discusses the toxics found in children's toys.

    Source: WGME
  • November 16, 2011
    J&J steadily removing toxins from baby products

    Amid pressure from activists, Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday that it is continuing efforts to remove traces of two harmful chemicals from its baby products around the world. PSR is among the groups that have urged the company to remove the cancer-causing chemicals.

    Source: Associated Press
  • November 1, 2011
    Taking toxins out of baby shampoo

    PSR has joined with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to urge consumers to boycott Johnson & Johnson baby products until the company agrees to remove the chemicals from its baby products sold around the world.

    Source: Associated Press
  • October 23, 2011
    Protect the children from dangerous chemicals

    An op-ed by PSR Maine member Dr. Paul Liebow on the Safe Chemicals Act.

    Source: Lewiston Sun-Journal
  • September 21, 2011
    Worst smog season since 2006

    Dr. Elliot Trester is part of Austin Physicians for Social Responsibility. He said he is seeing more respiratory cases and it's likely because of the smog in the air.

    Source: Austin News
  • September 21, 2011
    Austin area's ozone at worst levels since 2006

    Dr. Elliot Trester of Austin Physicians for Social Responsibility said that young people, the elderly and fetuses are at risk for serious and potentially lifelong complications when exposed to high levels of smog.

    Source: AMERICAN-STATESMAN
  • August 31, 2011
    Toxin-Free Infants and Toddlers Act Passes CA Senate

    Executive Director of PSR-LA, Martha Dina Arguello, described the vote as "part of reasserting California's leadership on environmental health protections."

    Source: Ms. Magazine
  • July 6, 2011
    Toxic Contamination in Offices: New Study Reveals Hidden Chemicals in Dust

    "An outdated California regulation virtually forces manufacturers to put these flame retardant chemicals into foam for products meant for sale in California and elsewhere, even though doing so doesn't prevent fires," explains Ana Mascarenas of PSR-LA.

    Source: The Sacramento Bee
  • June 10, 2011
    The Toxies: Award Show With Nominees That Will Kill You

    The Toxies is designed to bring attention to the hazards of chemicals that are harmful to our health. This satirical awards show is in its second year and was created by the Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE) and led by Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles.

    Source: Ecorazzi
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