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.
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
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.
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
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"An outdated California regulation virtually forces manufacturers to put these flame retardant chemicals into foam for products meant for sale in California and elsewhere,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.
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.
May 18, 2011
Suspected Toxins Found in Baby Products
Ana Mascarenas of PSR-Los Angeles discusses the ubiquity of toxic flame retardants in household products.
Source: NBC Los Angeles
May 12, 2011
Reproductive health and the industrialized food system
SF PSR co-executive director Lucia Sayre has co-authored an article in Health Affairs, the leading journal of health policy, on chemicals in the food system. In it she provides an overview of how our industrialized food system contributes to adverse reproductive and developmental health impacts.
Source: Health Affairs
May 7, 2011
Environmental Toxins: What You're Not Being Told
Chicago PSR executive director Dr. Sarah Lovinger writes about the risks of environmental toxins and the impacts of nuclear disasters like the one in Japan.
Source: Huffington Post
April 28, 2011
Bill Seeks to Overhaul Broken Chemical System
Enacted in 1976, the Toxic Substances Control Act was broken before it began. New legislation seeks to address this broken system and the voice of health professionals is needed!
April 27, 2011
California State Assembly Urged to Stand Up to Chemical Industry and Ban Bisphenol-A
Martha Dina Argüello, executive director of PSR-Los Angeles, explains the dangers of BPA.
Source: Kansas City infoZine
March 30, 2011
Illinois needs better protection from toxic chemicals
An op-ed by Sarah Lovinger, MA MD, Executive Director of Chicago PSR, on the health threat of toxic chemicals in Illinois and across the nation.
March 5, 2011
BPA ban necessary for Maine
A letter to the editor by Daniel S. Oppenheim, PhD, MD, president of Maine PSR, on the need for regulation of bisphenol-A.
Source: Portland Press Herald
February 9, 2011
PSR Releases New Report on Hexavalent Chromium in Coal Ash
In a just-released report, PSR and two environmental organizations have revealed that most of the chromium that leaches from coal ash into ground and surface water takes the form of highly carcinogenic hexavalent chromium. Long known to cause lung cancer when inhaled, hexavalent chromium has been shown to cause stomach cancer in humans, and intestinal and oral cancers in laboratory animals, when ingested in water.