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.
New recommendations for the administration of mammograms allow room for health insurance providers to restrict preventative care coverage to women under 50. Demand that health care providers be required to provide coverage for women of all ages and thereby reduce breast cancer-related deaths.
New York state police have the ability to arrest a person for prostitution using possession of a condom as evidence. This practice can lead to higher rates of disease transmission and gender profiling. Help put an end to this appalling practice.
Obstetric fistula, a condition that occurs when a hole tears between the vagina and the bladder or rectum, afflicts over 8,000 women annually in Ethiopia. Not only do women suffering from this condition experience pain and discomfort, but they are also often exiled from their families. Call upon Ethiopia to provide adequate medical care to the victims of obstetric fistula.
U.S. District Judge Edward Korman recently ruled that emergency contraception (Plan B) should be available over-the-counter for women and girls of all ages. The Obama administration doesn’t approve of this ruling, but it is necessary for young girls who can’t get access to a prescription. Commend Korman for his brave commitment to helping minors make smart decisions.
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.