Health

Thank Television Star for Talking About Depression

Thank Television Star for Talking About Depression

Recently, Cesar Milan, the “Dog Whisperer,” bravely opened up about his suicide attempt after his dog died and his wife divorced him. Commend Cesar for raising awareness for depression,which is a serious medical condition that can affect anyone.

Support Ruling that Bars Human Gene Patenting

Support Ruling that Bars Human Gene Patenting

The Supreme Court recently ruled that naturally occurring human genes may not be patented. The decision will reduce the cost of genetic testing for some health risks, thus making them more accessible to more people. Please sign this petition and send your support to the Supreme Court Justices on their decision rooted in public heath rather than profitability.

Support President Obama’s Campaign to Reduce Mental Health Stigma

Support President Obama’s Campaign to Reduce Mental Health Stigma

President Obama recently proposed an initiative to reduce the social stigma associated with mental illness. Support President Obama in reducing mental health stigma and increasing accessibility to treatment.

Applaud Efforts to Promote LGBT Healthcare

Applaud Efforts to Promote LGBT Healthcare

The collection and public dissemination of demographic-based healthcare information is invaluable to healthcare providers and researchers, but research on LGBT-specific health concerns remains underdeveloped because of severe data limitations. The UC Davis Health System, however, is launching a new effort to collect and publicly analyze data on LGBT-identified individuals. Thank UC Davis’s leadership for promoting greater understanding of LGBT healthcare needs.

Stop Building Homes on Toxic Land

Stop Building Homes on Toxic Land

Beijing, China is notorious for building homes and metropolitan communities on top of toxic wastelands with no concern for people and the fatal illnesses they may develop as a result of building and living near dangerous pollutants. Petition to stop construction on top of these wastelands.

Commend Boston Children’s Hospital for Initiating Hand Transplant Program

Commend Boston Children’s Hospital for Initiating Hand Transplant Program

Boston Children’s Hospital announced the beginning of a hand transplantation program for children. Commend Boston Children’s Hospital for helping to restore the lives of children across the nation by bringing them the gift of activity and motion.

Protect Women From Ohio’s Anti-Abortion Agenda

Protect Women From Ohio’s Anti-Abortion Agenda

Women’s healthcare is under attack in Ohio. The Senate just passed a budget that defunds Planned Parenthood and gives federal funds to crisis pregnancy centers that advocate against abortions. Urge the governor of Ohio to stop the war on women’s healthcare.

Stop U.S Lawmakers from Cutting Funds for Food Assistance Programs

Stop U.S Lawmakers from Cutting Funds for Food Assistance Programs

The United States government has recently proposed a cut in food assistance programs, meaning that millions will go without food. Urge the House of Representatives to vote against this proposal now.

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Demand Clean Drinking Water for County Residents

Drinking water in a small rural county in California has been contaminated with dangerous levels of nitrate for years. Little progress has been made to find a solution. Demand the Department of Public Health prioritize this issue and provide clean drinking water in Monterey County.

Support Ban on Oversized Soft Drinks

Support Ban on Oversized Soft Drinks

The mayor of New York is proposing a ban on serving sodas over sixteen ounces in restaurants, theaters, and stadiums. If passed, the ban should lower the calorie intake of overweight children and young adults by around a hundred calories a day. Please sign this petition in order to voice your support for the soda ban.

Commend Domestic Violence Shelter for Allowing Pets

Commend Domestic Violence Shelter for Allowing Pets

While domestic violence shelters provide abuse survivors with help and support, they are often unable to accept pets, presenting an impossibly difficult decision for the victim. A New York City shelter has sought to make this decision a non-issue by unveiling a pet-friendly initiative. Sign the petition and offer your support for pet-friendly domestic violence shelters.

Commend Yahoo! CEO for Decision to Expand Paid Parental Leave

Commend Yahoo! CEO for Decision to Expand Paid Parental Leave

The U.S. is one of just three countries that does not mandate paid maternity leave. Yahoo’s CEO recently stood up for new parents by expanding the company’s paid maternal leave from 8 to 16 weeks and offering paid paternal leave as well. Commend her for recognizing the importance of parents’ time with their newborn baby.

Don’t Force Women Seeking Abortions to Undergo Invasive Procedure

Don’t Force Women Seeking Abortions to Undergo Invasive Procedure

A bill that would require women seeking an abortion to obtain an invasive ultrasound has passed in the Wisconsin state Assembly, and now goes to Governor Scott Walker. Tell Governor Walker that government should not stand between a patient and her doctor.

Don’t Allow the Mislabeling of Additives in Milk

Don’t Allow the Mislabeling of Additives in Milk

Facing declining sales, the dairy industry is planning to replace the sugar in chocolate milk with aspartame, a non-caloric sweetener. To do this, the dairy industry has petitioned the FDA to exempt them from labeling regulations concerning artificial sweeteners. Tell the FDA that no one should be exempt from regulations that protect our health and safety.

Encourage the Today Show to Get Their Health Facts Straight

Encourage the Today Show to Get Their Health Facts Straight

The Today Show has mocked individuals with Celiac Disease for their gluten free diet. What the Today Show ignores is the fact that those with Celiac Disease have an auto-immune disorder that can only be treated by completely eliminating gluten from their diet. The Today Show must demonstrate a better grasp of science and compassion going forward.

Applaud Broadening of Access to Emergency Contraceptives

Applaud Broadening of Access to Emergency Contraceptives

The long battle over access to emergency contraception in the U.S. is coming to an end. The Obama administration announced that it will soon submit a compliance plan to the judge who ordered sale of Plan B – One Step without a prescription, point-of-sale and age restrictions. Commend the judge and the administration for putting politics aside and doing what is right for women.

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Encourage Mental Health Awareness Among Healthcare Professionals in the United Kingdom

Although awareness of mental illness has spread among the public in the United Kingdom, healthcare professionals still need to improve their knowledge of behavioral health problems. Ensure that mental health patients who have the courage and information to seek help are able to receive the highest quality of care from their doctors.

Remove Harmful Additives from Children’s Vitamins

Remove Harmful Additives from Children’s Vitamins

One of the main reasons that parents give their children vitamins is to make sure that their children are getting all of the nutrients that they need in order for them to be as healthy as possible. What they don’t know, is that there are added ingredients in those vitamins that are known hazards to their children’s health. It’s time to tell Bayer Pharmaceuticals to remove harmful additives from Flinstones vitamins.

Allow Waitresses to Choose Their Own Shoes

Allow Waitresses to Choose Their Own Shoes

Casino waitresses are often forced to wear high heeled shoes even though wearing these shoes for long duration can cause excruciating pain and serious medical problems. Sign the petition to demand Foxwoods Casino allow waitresses to wear shoes of their own choosing.

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Condemn Congress for Chemotherapy Sequester Cuts

Sequester cuts on Medicare chemotherapy treatment reimbursement have made doctors unable to afford treatment, thus forcing them to turn away patients. Demand that Congress create new legislation that will reverse these cuts and allow doctors to give treatment to all of their patients regardless of their income.

Applaud Social Entrepreneur for Providing Kenyans with Accessible Healthcare

Applaud Social Entrepreneur for Providing Kenyans with Accessible Healthcare

A young social entrepreneur left her home in the US to establish an enterprise that provides low-income communities in Kenya with basic healthcare. Thank her for her global social efforts to extend healthcare to people in Kenya.

Encourage Mexico to Stress the Importance of Breastfeeding

Encourage Mexico to Stress the Importance of Breastfeeding

Mexico has one of the lowest levels of breastfeeding mothers and one of the highest rates of infant mortality in Latin America, indicating its failure to promote the healthy practice. Sign this petition to urge Mexico to improve wellness by emphasizing the importance of breastfeeding in the first six months of infancy and to take measures to restrict the promotion of infant formula.

Thank 82-Year-Old Grandmother for Fighting AIDS

Thank 82-Year-Old Grandmother for Fighting AIDS

Twenty-five years ago, Jinny Morelock found out that her son was HIV-positive. Even after his AIDS-related death, she took part in marathons and other efforts to fight AIDS. This year, the 82-year-old will bicycle 545 miles for AIDS/Life Cycle; applaud her for helping to fight the deadly disease.

Commend Federal Court for Allowing Some Emergency Contraceptives To Be Sold Over the Counter

Commend Federal Court for Allowing Some Emergency Contraceptives To Be Sold Over the Counter

A New York court has ruled that some emergency contraceptive pills may be sold without a prescription to women and teenage girls. Sign this petition praising the court for allowing better access to these contraceptives.

Demand Power Plants Respect Pollution Regulations

Demand Power Plants Respect Pollution Regulations

Coal-burning power plants emit massive amounts of mercury and other poisons into the air everyday. Steps have been taken by the public to sue power companies, but they spend millions delaying these lawsuits. Demand power plants spend money on creating ways to produce electricity without poisoning our air instead of lawsuits.