The USDA proposes to expand a model of inspection at poultry plants that would reduce the number of federal inspectors by as much as 40%. To make up for fewer inspectors on the line, plants would increase the use of antimicrobial chemicals to clean meat. Protest the USDA’s proposal to expand this problem-ridden inspection model.
Pregnant women are exposed to dozens of toxic chemicals every day, and low-wage immigrants who work on non-organic farms are especially at risk. We don’t even have accurate safety data on most of the chemicals that occur in our food, soil, air, water, and household products. Urge the E.P.A. to define and evaluate the risks that everyday toxic chemicals pose to pregnant women.
School district officials recently decided, right before the start of school, that they would not allow an 11-year-old girl’s diabetic alert dog to accompany her to middle school. Urge the school district to reconsider their decision and allow her service dog to join her throughout the school day to monitor her blood glucose.
The U.S. government recently removed a trade deal proposal that would have protected foreign tobacco restrictions and health regulations from being disputed by U.S. companies. Now, the American tobacco industry is free to contest public health measures in order to increase sales abroad. Urge the U.S. Trade Representative to reinstall a proposal that would help save millions of lives.
Uruguay’s proposed new law legalizing the cultivation of marijuana promises to stamp out violence related to illegal sales, and to promote consumer safety by regulating the quality of the stock and treating addiction as a health issue. Applaud Uruguayan President Mujica for advocating this highly advantageous solution that would both reduce crime and promote public health.
Addiction and overdose rates due to prescription drug use in the U.S. is escalating quickly. The FDA has stepped in and is requiring mandatory labels for powerful and dangerous narcotics. Commend the FDA for helping to prevent overdoses and warn consumers about the dangers of addiction.
In the near future, surgeons will be better equipped to pinpoint the location of tumors, and reduce the risk involved in removing them. With the help of a new technology, tumors will be illuminated in real-time, offering better accuracy for surgeons. We should take the time to applaud these life-saving efforts.
Labeling genetically modified organisms is a big deal and Whole Foods Market has made it clear that they support labeling. Thank Whole Foods for supporting transparency in GMO labeling.
The Mexican president has proposed taxing sugar-sweetened beverages as a way of discouraging consumption of these unhealthy drinks. Mexico’s rate of diabetes is the highest in the world, and over 70,000 Mexican citizens each year die as a result of this disease, and excessive sugary beverage consumption is linked strongly to diabetes. Commend these efforts to lower obesity.
Viruses devastate when they take us by surprise. A solution would be a catalog of the viruses that can jump to humans. This would give scientists a key starting point in identify key viral characteristics and help inform the public on how to protect themselves. Urge the creation of a virus catalog to improve the response to emerging deadly diseases.
A special interest group has fought against efforts to protect pregnant women and children from toxic chemicals. Condemn the American Chemistry Council for lobbying against the health of American children.
Due to a federal anti-smoking campaign, over one hundred thousand Americans have successfully quit. Commend these efforts to push back against Big Tobacco.
Hospitals routinely dump millions of pounds of medicines into American lakes and rivers every year. The drugs disrupt ecosystems, harm wildlife and contaminate drinking water. Urge the EPA to prohibit medical facilities from flushing pharmaceuticals into the U.S. water supply.
The U.S. Congress is considering reducing spending for scientific research even more than the impoverished level set by last year’s cuts. Those earlier cuts have already caused thousands of layoffs and closings of important laboratories researching cures for cancer and other diseases. Urge Congress not to cut the budget for scientific research any more than it already has.
State-run medical facilities are merging with Catholic-run healthcare organizations at an alarming rate. As a result, the Catholic administrations are insisting their theological doctrines be followed instead of state law. Demand that state law, not Catholic teachings, be the only requirement patients and doctors need to follow regarding medical decisions in state-funded hospitals.
South Africa has made great strides in grappling with HIV/AIDS by making diagnosis and treatment more widely available and affordable. Applaud the South African government for its effective campaign against this deadly virus.
Persons with serious mental illnesses die on average 25 years earlier than the general population. This statistic reflects those who are served by our public health system. Urge our healthcare system to end this health disparity and prioritize the overall wellness of this vulnerable community.
A federal judge recently ruled to uphold a Los Angeles county measure that requires adult performers to use condoms on the sets of adult films. Commend the judge for upholding this important bill.
A pair of social scientists are experimenting with new ways to nudge people toward the produce aisle and healthier options. So far, their ideas have steered 9 out of 10 customers toward fruits and vegetables and have increased average produce sales per customer by up to 55%. Commend these men for their efforts in promoting fresh and healthy food.
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.