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  • January 12, 2010
    Push is on to improve U.S. chemical safety laws

    In November, researchers released a startling finding: In pregnant women, a study found that developing babies are being exposed to toxic chemicals from consumer products even before they take their first breaths. The finding is yet another confirmation that U.S. chemical safety laws are failing to safeguard health.

    Source: The Nation’s Health, American Public Health Association
  • January 11, 2010
    What the EPA’s “Chemicals of Concern” Plans Really Mean

    The agency's environmental and health concerns about phthalates, PBDEs and two other chemical types marks a shift in federal policy and is sparking policy changes in advance of anticipated regulations.

    Source: Scientific American
  • January 4, 2010
    Use of potentially harmful chemicals kept secret under law

    Of the 84,000 chemicals in commercial use in the United States -- from flame retardants in furniture to household cleaners -- nearly 20 percent are secret, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, their names and physical properties guarded from consumers and virtually all public officials under a little-known federal provision.

    Source: The Washington Post
  • October 29, 2009
    A chemical we can live without

    An op-ed coauthored by Maye Thompson, RN, environmental health program director for Oregon PSR, on the health risks of bisphenol A.

    Source: The Oregonian
  • October 9, 2009
    Health workers tested for chemicals

    A summary of PSR's Hazardous Chemicals in Health Care study.

    Source: New Haven Register (Connecticut)
  • October 9, 2009
    Tests reveal nurses and doctors loaded with toxins

    Dr. George Lundgren discusses his participation in PSR's Hazardous Chemicals in Health Care study.

    Source: KARE (Minnesota)
  • October 9, 2009
    Toxic chemicals found in Maine health workers

    Doctors and nurses in 10 states, including Maine, tested positive for at least 24 different toxic chemicals in their blood and other body fluids in a study released Thursday by the national organization Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Source: Bangor Daily News
  • October 8, 2009
    Toxic Chemicals Found in Doctors and Nurses

    PSR in partnership with American Nurses Association (ANA) and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) released the “Hazardous Chemicals In Health Care” report today, detailing the first investigation ever of chemicals found in the bodies of health care professionals.

  • October 5, 2009
    Request for Coverage: Toxic Chemicals Found in Doctors and Nurses

    Teleconference to announce results of first-of-a-kind study to measure toxic chemicals used in health care in the bodies of Physicians and Nurses. The study was conducted as part of the PSR Hazardous Chemicals in Health Care Project.

  • September 12, 2009
    Clean Water Laws Are Neglected, at a Cost in Suffering

    The NYT launches a major series on the Clean Water Act with a focus on toxic contaminants – lead, nickel and other heavy metals -- in the drinking water of a community near a WV coal mine. But as the article makes clear, worsening pollution in American waters affects thousands of communities nationwide.

    Source: New York Times
  • August 19, 2009
    Mercury Found in Every Fish Tested, Scientists Say

    When government scientists went looking for mercury contamination in fish in 291 streams around the nation, they found it in every fish they tested, the Interior Department said, even in isolated rural waterways.

    Source: New York Times
  • August 19, 2009
    FDA BPA Decision Expected in November

    After much controversy and accusations of alleged negligence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking a very serious look at bisphenol A—BPA—a ubiquitous, estrogenic, chemical best known for its presence in children’s products and water bottles.

    Source: News Inferno
  • May 1, 2009
    Landmark U.S. Geological Survey Study Demonstrates How Methylmercury, Known to Contaminate Seafood, Originates in the Ocean

    A new landmark study published today documents for the first time the process in which increased mercury emissions from human sources across the globe, and in particular from Asia, make their way into the North Pacific Ocean and as a result contaminate tuna and other seafood.

    Source: USGS
  • April 17, 2009
    Give kids BPA-free products

    An op-ed from E.S. Bloom, MD, a member of Washington PSR, on the dangers of Bisphenol A and the local effort to ban its use in baby bottles.

    Source: The News Tribune (Tacoma, Washington)
  • October 23, 2008
    Report Finds Risks of Developing Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases Can Be Dramatically Reduced

    Boston PSR Chapter joins in releasing new report that shows risks of developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases can be dramatically reduced.

  • October 20, 2008
    Human Testing Exposing Children to Chemicals

    Survey among science and health advocates reveals toxic chemical exposure crisis in America

  • October 20, 2008
    Top 5 Worst Actions of the Bush Administration

    Physicians for Social Responsibility and other health advocates surveyed more than 100 thought leaders and identified the Top 5 worst actions of the current administration that have led to widespread contamination from chemicals.

  • February 8, 2008
    PSR Applauds Federal Court Decision to Force Stronger Mercury Controls on New Coal Plants

    A ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop stronger power plant emission standards for mercury and other toxic pollutants.

  • March 21, 2007
    Doctors and Nurses Urge Legislators to Eliminate Toxic Flame Retardants

    Doctors and nurses from around Washington are saying “the science is in hand” on the toxic flame retardants PBDEs and are urging quick passage of a bill to ban all forms of the chemical.

  • November 2, 2006
    EPA Releases 2006 Children’s Environmental Health Report

    Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the 2006 Children’s Environmental Health Report. Recognizing children’s unique vulnerability to environmental exposures, the report openly acknowledges that “There are up to 80,000 chemicals registered for manufacturers in the United States, and only a fraction of these have been tested for their effects on human health. Children are exposed to chemicals everyday, as they are ubiquitous.”

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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.