Tanning before the age of eighteen increases the risk of melanoma by 85%. Texas has just overturned a law allowing minors to tan with parental consent. Commend Texas for keeping teens safe and lowering their risk for skin cancer.
Among women, cervical cancer is the second-most common cancer in the world. But even though it’s the most treatable and preventable, low income countries — where up to 80% of cases occur — often lack accessible labs used for screening. Commend a new cost-effective, common household item for its use in screening for cancer, fighting a health disparity, and saving lives.
Private insurance companies are now mandated to cover breast pumps and lactation courses through our nation’s new healthcare laws. This invaluable new resource will give countless new mothers the ability o continue feeding their babies breast milk when they must return to work, allowing babies and new mothers the undeniable health benefits of breastfeeding. Commend President Obama for this important inclusion.
Two former FDA commissioners recently published separate articles detailing the dangers of antibiotic abuse in agriculture. Meat producers routinely feed the drugs to livestock so they may increase production, creating antibiotic-resistant super-diseases in the process. Applaud these men for speaking out about the urgent need to protect the effectiveness of our most valuable medicines.
It is often difficult for the public to locate the nonprofit programs that will best suit their needs. A United States organization strives to alleviate this issue by acting as the middleman between assistance-seekers and thousands of health and social services programs. Commend the organization on its work.
Those exposed to work with stone, concrete, mortar or brick can be vulnerable to severe lung disease. Thank the government for their proposal to strengthen exposure limits and have industry provide medical testing for workers.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans depend of Medicare in order to help pay for their dialysis treatments. With their coverage facing possible damaging budget cuts many Americans could suffer greatly. Urge Medicare to change it proposed cuts.
A new law in Zurich, Switzerland will provide safe venues for sex workers and support a legal, thriving local industry. Thank local officials for giving these workers the protection they need and deserve.
California recently expanded women’s access to abortion and reproductive healthcare by granting certified medical agents the power to perform first trimester abortions. Many of California’s counties lack an abortion provider, and this bill would rectify this gap. Commend California for bucking the national trend of restricting women’s access to reproductive healthcare and rather voting to expand it.
Sex traffickers know that homeless kids are easy targets. They know that every child has a breaking point, when they will do anything for food and shelter. Congress must increase funding for programs that provide shelter and protection for homeless children from sex traffickers.
California has proposed drinking water limits for chromium-6, a dangerous carcinogen, that are 500 times the level that public health officials have deemed safe. Demand that California revise this proposed standard to a level that poses no public health risk.
National high school football teams push their players as hard as the NFL and put them at just as much risk for serious degenerative brain diseases. These teenagers are exploited for the reputation and profit of a rigorous football program, and are suffering from a loss in cognitive abilities, symptoms of dementia, and depression. Demand reform for national high school football programs for the sake of keeping teenager players safe.
Despite repeated warnings about aging pipes in its California refinery, oil giant Chevron elected to ignore the problem rather than repair or replace the equipment. This negligence led to a massive fire, and the resulting pollution sent thousands to the hospital with respiratory ailments. Support the city’s lawsuit for Chevron to pay for its negligence.
Big Tobacco has pressured the Obama Administration to throw out a vital clause to the Trans-Pacific Partnership that will save tens of millions of lives worldwide. Without the clause, national tobacco control laws are vulnerable to challenges from the tobacco industry, undermining measures that have been proven to reduce tobacco use by up to fifty percent. Demand that the Obama administration adopt this clause to save lives and tackle an important public health issue.
Bill Clinton has adopted a vegan lifestyle after experiencing serious health problems in 2010 and has never been better. He has now lost over 20 pounds and virtually eliminated all of his previous health problems. Please praise this former President for being an advocate of the plant based diet movement and a wonderful role model for all.
Alaska’s government has proposed a new certificate form that would make it more difficult for women under Medicaid to receive abortions. Tell Streur to stop limiting women’s access to healthcare.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has issued a statement declaring its support for marriage equality. Commend the association for its support.
A Colorado State Senator recently expressed stereotype-laced remarks about diet causing racial disparities in poverty rates. Demand she apologize for these insensitive comments.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service’s computer system recently shut down for two days, causing millions of pounds of meat to be shipped out without inspection. The danger to our food’s safety is unthinkable; demand that the new computer system be recalled until its glitches are resolved to ensure our meat is safe.
A recent study and training program has proven that dogs can detect low blood sugar levels in their owners’ breath and sweat. These glycaemic alert dogs decrease the chances of fainting spells, calls for ambulances, and improve the patient’s sense of independence. Commend this program that benefits both dogs and their owners’ well-being.
A San Francisco nonprofit is currently providing 3,500 of the city’s homeless and low-income families with prenatal care. Over the past twenty years, this nonprofit organization has worked to break the cycle of poverty that its clients’ children are born into by providing parental support and job training. Please applaud this program and its service to San Francisco’s impoverished families.
The herbicide atrazine disrupts the human endocrine system and causes gender changes in frogs. Its manufacturer has spent millions in a campaign to silence research, discredit findings and spread false information. Condemn Syngenta AG for concealing the truth about this potentially dangerous chemical.
High obesity rates have prompted Texas city officials to look to expanding bicycle infrastructure for improved public health, economic development, and quality of life. Commend their strategic encouragement of biking as a viable alternative to driving and promotion of more sustainable lifestyles.
The first five months of a newborn’s life is often the most stressful time for new parents. A Hawaii hospital has recently started giving new parents a DVD that educates them on how to take excellent care of their new baby. Commend this thoughtful and health-conscious decision.
A nonprofit organization that trains service dogs has trained its dogs to be able to successfully detect the bacteria that leads to urinary tract infections. This type of infection is the number-one health concern of the disabled. Applaud the organization’s research and innovative training methods.