Archive for Category: "Health"
Recent proposals for expanded coal train routes threaten to spread pollution through the Pacific Northwest. Coal is a danger to public health and the pristine environment in Washington State. Reject the permits for the three proposed terminals in Washington.
Oregon is considering to allow teenagers access to mental health without parental consent. It is important to encourage the governor to support this effort and bring attention to an important issue that remains unaddressed in most states.
Reducing widespread use and abuse of dangerous illicit substances remains a major policy concern of all countries. Many pursue ineffective incarceration as a solution, but rehabilitation, job and skill training, and social reintegration are rarely components of policies seeking to address these problems. Applaud Brazil’s ambitious approaches to rehabilitation and encourage other cities, states, and nations to follow suit.
A California hospital recently announced that it will stop providing elective abortions. The hospital’s CEO denies that the decision is connected to the organization’s recent merger with a Catholic, anti-abortion medical group, but evidence leans towards the contrary. Sign this petition, oppose the discontinuation of services, and protect the woman’s right to choose.
The EPA is considering an increase in legal residue limits of the herbicide glyphosate in various food and feed crops. Glyphosate has many harmful health impacts on people and livestock. Do not let the EPA increase the legal use amount of this harmful substance.
The sewage sludge industry has have worked to overhaul safety testing and regulations for sludge-based compost products. This untested compost is marketed to farms, putting public health at risk by spreading pathogens and contaminants. Better regulations for sewage sludge must be put in place before it can be sold to unsuspecting consumers as compost.
North Carolina is proposing a bill that would require parental consent for teen STD testing and treatment, among other items. While increased parental awareness of these issues is good in theory, this bill will likely give teens greater reason to avoid these necessary medical actions. It is for this reason that this controversial bill must not become law.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently raided a medical clinic in Oklahoma that uses nontoxic, natural methods to treat cancer patients and confiscated medicine that the patients had already purchased. The FDA is prioritizing pharmaceutical companies’ interests by failing to approve the inexpensive cancer medicines confiscated. Demand the medicine be returned to the patents who bought it.
North Carolina has proposed a bill that would require teens to obtain parental consent for sexual and mental health care. This measure will prevent many teens from getting the health care they desperately need. Implore the state legislature to drop this invasive bill.
A new bill being considered by Congress would allow emergency doses of life-saving epinephrine to be kept on hand in schools. This emergency epinephrine would save the lives of hundreds of children with severe allergies every year. Urge Congress to allow epinephrine to be stored in America’s schools.
Protect the right of Medicare and Medicaid patients to choose alternative methods of health care. These therapies provide long-lasting relief from many ailments and usually do not have side effects. Alternative medicine must be covered by government healthcare programs.
The FDA recently proposed a requirement for tanning beds to include warning labels, which will help to increase awareness about the potential risks of prolonged use. Over time, exposure to ultraviolet rays in tanning beds can pose serious health risks, including cancer and eye damage. Thank the FDA for helping to increase awareness about the dangers of tanning beds.
Hyper-conservative Virginia Gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has spent his career telling women what they can and cannot do with their bodies. He has supported “personhood” bills that would eliminate the right to choose, he has sued to overturn healthcare reform, and he wants to defund Planned Parenthood. Now he wants to deny women access to birth control. Let Cuccinelli know we will not allow his war on women to continue.
A group of Danish researchers has discovered one of the most promising potential cures for HIV yet. The treatment is intended to bring the virus out of white blood cell reservoirs so the immune system can attack it on the surface of the cells. Commend Dr. Ole Søgaard and his team for their groundbreaking research.
Toxic chemicals have been found in thousands of children’s products that are available in Walmart stores and other retailers. These products put the health of children at risk and must be removed immediately.
Recently, a California family lost their son to Child Protective Services when they removed him from a hospital without a formal discharge. However, they had immediately rushed him to a second hospital to seek a second medical opinion. Tell Child Protective Services that no family should have to worry about losing a child by seeking the best medical care.
A government-backed panel of influential doctors and scientists are calling for HIV testing for all American adults regardless of whether they are considered to be high risk. The routine tests would decrease stigma surrounding HIV testing and reduce America’s high infection rates. Please sign this petition in support of keeping Americans safe by providing HIV tests for all adults.
Medicinal marijuana patients are frequently denied organ transplants. Even in states that allow medicinal marijuana, hospitals such as Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles are denying patients the right to lifesaving procedures because of their prescribed use of the drug. Urge Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to mandate that medicinal marijuana users be eligible for organ transplants.
Genetically Modified (GM) ingredients are widely used in conventional baby forumulas. Despite insufficient information on their long-term impacts and evidence showing that GM products pose potential health risks, these ingredients continue to be used. Tell Abbott Laboratory to remove GM ingredients from their Similac baby formula.
In the event that a Peace Corps volunteer is raped and needs to have an abortion, the Peace Corps does not cover this highly important medical procedure. These women are already at a disadvantage given that they are in a foreign country without typical medical support or the help of their friends and family. Demand that the Peace Corps include abortions in their health coverage.
The current cost structure of heating/cooling energy companies creates an enormous financial burden on people with Multiple Sclerosis and other medical heat sensitivities that need cool environments in the summer. Proposed legislation in Colorado creates protection from expensive rates for people with a heat sensitive disease. Please sign this petition in support of relieving the added cost for people who are unable to reduce summer energy use without threatening their health.
A chemical in Powerade has been linked to a number of serious health issues, including neurological impairment and decreased fertility. Urge Coca-Cola to remove this chemical from Powerade until further research on its health effects can be conducted.
A plan to release 10,000 genetically modified mosquitoes into the wild could have unknown consequences on both humans and the ecosystem. Urge the Food and Drug Administration to reject this proposal in order protect our environment and citizens.
One of the world’s largest food corporations is in the process patenting the fennel flower, a natural remedy used in the Middle East and Asia for over a thousand years. A for-profit corporation cannot be permitted to patent and control a traditional cure, and it must be pressured to drop these patent plans.
A 21-year-old Division I athlete chose to end his college athletic career early in order to save a man’s life. Sign this petition to praise the young athlete for donating his bone marrow and saving a man’s life.