A recent investigation into a mental hospital in Nevada has shed light on the practice of patient dumping. The hospital in question discharges patients and places them on one-way bus trips to other states without a plan for their long-term care. This practice is inhumane and those responsible must be brought to justice.
Prince Edward Island recently expanded the funding for public school-based HPV vaccinations to boys. Both boys and girls can get the virus, yet since cervical cancer only occurs in women, the cost of the vaccine is usually only covered for girls. Sign this petition to commend the province for protecting boys as well as girls.
The FDA is about to approve the sale of genetically engineered (GE) salmon — an untested, unlabeled and potentially unsafe food into our food supply. Sign the petition to demand that this genetically engineered ‘Frankenfish’ should not be sold to consumers.
Model scouts in Sweden have been recruiting young girls outside eating disorder clinics. These scouts should not be promoting anorexia, which is the most fatal mental illness. Urge Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt to ban anorexic models from runway shows.
Proposed changes to the poultry inspection process would greatly increase the likelihood of contaminated poultry entering the American food supply. Urge the United States Department of Agriculture to reject this new plan and keep America’s food safe.
A recently released investigative report revealed highly unsanitary conditions in facilities that combine drugs together to produce customized medications. These conditions are similar to those that produced a deadly meningitis outbreak in 2011. Demand that Congress enforce strict regulation of these facilities.
In a recent report, resistance to antibiotics is noted as being highly prevalent in outpatients versus hospitalized patients. Researchers have suggested that this is due to outpatient physicians not being provided with essential antibiotic information used in selecting the most efficient antibiotics. Demand that doctors receive this critical data to ensure the best care is given to outpatients.
Therapy animals were brought to Boston to bring comfort to victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy. Thank The Lutheran Church Charities and their therapy animals for bringing comfort and joy to those who need it most in times of crisis.
Dangerous levels of arsenic have been found in rice products and by-products. In order to protect the health of our nation’s people, limits must be set on the levels of arsenic allowed in rice products.
Monsanto has a monopoly on genetically modified seed patents in the U.S., virtually preventing farmers from growing other crops. It also has a strong presence in Europe, but the European Patent Council can vote to end the patents. Urge Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Council, to ban Monsanto’s patents to protect farmers’ choices and people’s health.
California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill into law aimed at giving women easier access to birth control medications. Thank the governor for his efforts to reaffirm and protect women’s reproductive rights.
Beaches in New Jersey have been closed due to the discovery of high levels of lead and other poisonous chemicals in the sand. Support efforts to pin responsibility on the corporations at fault and clean up this hazardous mess.
May 17th is Food Revolution Day, which is a global day of action to celebrate natural foods, learn where they come from, and cook from home. Pre-packaged and over-processed foods have become too prevalent in the diets of our nation’s adults and children. Participate in Food Revolution Day to support healthy eating in the United States and around the world.
The dairy industry is pushing to add chemical sweeteners such as aspartame to milk without labeling these additives as ingredients. Demand the dairy industry be required to label these additives if they are ever permitted.
The Environmental Protection Agency has recently proposed new regulations regarding tailpipe emissions and sulfur levels in gasoline. These new standards could help prevent thousands of respiratory illnesses and respiratory-related deaths each year. Urge President Obama to finalize these new emissions standards.
The unnatural process of treating apples with synthetic plant growth inhibitors has led to aged and non-nutritious apples being sold in grocery stores across the country. Demand these unsafe practices and chemicals be eliminated from the apple industry.
According to recently published study, much of the rice imported to the US is contaminated with lead. In some cases the rice contains 120 times the approved tolerable amount. Sign this petition and rid the United States of lead-contaminated rice.
The Supreme Court of India rejected an expensive new cancer drug that would replace a cheaper generic version. This ruling will maintain cheaper healthcare costs for poor citizens. Applaud India for ensuring that people will get access to affordable life-saving medicines.
Right now, at least half a million American children between the ages of one and five have lead poisoning. Lead poisoning can cause severe brain and organ damage as well as create developmental issues. Organizations that research ways to prevent and treat lead poisoning have experienced a drastic cut in funding; urge Congress to increase funding as soon as possible to protect countless children from harm.
In 2009, a progressive doctor who worked in Wichita, Kansas was murdered by an anti-abortion extremist. Four years later, Julie Burkhart has reopened Dr. Tiller’s clinic in an effort to provide reproductive healthcare to the people of Wichita. Sign this petition to thank Julie Burkhart for her courage in providing reproductive healthcare regardless of threats.
Major fast food restaurants and processed food companies in America use chemicals that are banned in other developed countries. These additives have been linked to cancer and obesity. Demand a ban on these harmful food additives.
President Obama has just approved a $100 million brain science initiative to support further research of autism spectrum disorders, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and brain injuries. He has also made it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against preexisting brain disorders. Commend Obama for his commitment to furthering opportunities for people with brain disabilities.
Lead paint poses significant health risks to children and families, but it remains on the shelves in Cameroon. Urge Cameroon’s government to protect the health of its citizens and outlaw lead paint.
Over one-third of senior citizens in Canada are at risk of malnutrition because of the inability to access proper nutrition. Affordability, convenience, and other environmental factors are unnecessarily shortening the lives of Canada’s elderly population. Demand action from Canada’s health department to implement programs that will provide senior citizens with the nutrition they need to survive and thrive.
Antibiotic-treated animals are susceptible to drug-resistant bacteria, which can then affect people who eat their meat. A concerned mother is protesting the use of treated meat in school lunches after it made her son very ill. Urge Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, to ban antibiotic-treated meat in school lunches.