Women in the beauty industry and their doctors are being short-changed on their right–to-know.

February 1, 2016

By Catherine Porter, JD On a daily basis, for long hours, women who work in nail and hair salons handle a multitude of chemicals that can harm their health.  Nail care professionals handle solvents, glues, polishes and other beauty care products containing chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer, allergies, respiratory, neurological and reproductive harm….

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The Power of Acceptance and Peace, with an Eye toward Syria

December 31, 2015

One of the hallmark values of Physicians for Social Responsibility is that, as health care providers, we take our values of health and healing, and apply them globally. We look at the planet, at our air, water and soil, and work to make it vibrant. We look at our nation’s policies, and work to make…

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Vote with your Pocketbooks to Make Nail Salons Healthier!

May 21, 2015

Nail salons and their health hazards have been prominent in the news lately.  In California, there are 122,039 licensed manicurists, most of whom are women of reproductive age. It’s estimated that as many as 80% are Vietnamese; many have limited English skills. Three chemicals of high concern in nail salon products are dibutyl phthalate (DBP),…

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Highlights of “The Waiting Room” Film Screening

December 19, 2013

By Callum Rowe, UC Berkeley Extension’s American Medical Student Association The Emergency Department (ED) of Alameda County’s Highland Hospital is regarded as a world-class community facility, treating hundreds of patients every day, many of whom are underinsured or have no insurance. On November 24th, SF Bay Area PSR and UC Berkeley Extension’s American Medical Student…

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