Topic

Health and Safety

2,674 petitions

Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Robert Califf MD, Peter Lurie, Lamar Alexander, Patty Murray, Larry C. Gilstrap III, M.D., Bob Casey Jr., Jeff Shuren MD, Sybill Storz, Managing Director, Hal Lawrence, William Maisel MD, Donald J. Trump

Health Alert: Many Women Have Died Unnecessarily Because Dangerous Cancers of the Uterus and Ovaries Are Being Spread using MORCELLATORS. Stop MORCELLATION in Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery.

Friends of the Public, Many women have been harmed and have died prematurely or unnecessarily because of a routine but avoidable gynecological practice known as MORCELLATION. This world-wide practice has devastated many families for well over two decades now. More than 600,000 hysterectomies are done in the US every year. By the age of 70, one out of every three American women will have had a hysterectomy. About 90% of these surgeries are done for what is presumed to be a benign condition called fibroids. More and more of these surgeries are done with minimally invasive techniques.  Usually, to get the uterus out of the body using the "minimally invasive" technique, it is cut into small pieces with a machine called a morcellator.  However, a devastating problem happens if in fact the woman did NOT have fibroids – but if she actually had cancer.  Unfortunately, the tests that are done before a hysterectomy do not identify these cancers well.  Many gynecologists don't even bother getting any tests. In fact, morcellating cancer spreads the cancer inside the woman’s body.   This is called ‘up staging’ the cancer.  It is important to understand: 1) The average life span following accidental morcellation of sarcoma is only 24-36 months. 2) Only 15% of woman who have leiomyosarcoma (LMS) that has spread (stage 4) will be alive after 5 years. 3) Women with sarcoma who are morcellated are about 4 times more likely to die from sarcoma than if they had not been morcellated.  This is an avoidable disaster. This problem has been recognized for more than two decades.  A review of the literature, by the Food and Drug Administration, revealed that 1 in 350 women who go for fibroid surgery actually have sarcoma.  This means that everyday 2-5 women in the US – and more around the world are susceptible to having a deadly cancer spread because of morcellation. This catastrophic problem has happened in my family and we are fighting to stop this dangerous activity called morcellation.  A chance of 1 in 350 for such a devastating outcome is much too high to accept.  Women should be told the truth and the practice should stop. Please help us bring an end to spreading cancer with morcellation.  This is a totally AVOIDABLE practice.  People need to understand their options, which include hysterectomy through a mini-lapartomy incision or trans-vaginally – but – up until recently, most women never heard anything about morcellation or about the possibility of cancer upstaging. And, if they do, this risk is down-played by most minimally invasive gynecologists. We can tell you based on our experience, when cancers are spread by morcellation, the outcomes can be devastating - because the cancer is upstaged. We need your help. Please sign our petition so we can get the word out.  We want the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology to change this "standard of care" by ending the needless waste of life caused by spreading cancer with morcellation. For more information and original references see: http://journals.lww.com/oncology-times/blog/onlinefirst/pages/post.aspx?PostID=188 ) (also see:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23189178) (also see:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21565389). The attached video below shows an example of morcellation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPkKw0j-aXE The following companies manufacture and distribute uterine morcellator devices: 1) ETHICON: Gynecare morcellator 2) Storz: Rotocut Morcellator 3) Richard Wolf Medical Instrumentation Company 4) LiNA: LiNA Xcise Cordless Laparoscopic Morcellator 5) Blue Endo MOREsolution Tissue Morcellator 6) Pneumoliner Power Morcellation System by Olympus Corporation. Intuitive Surgical's Da Vinci Robot deserves special mention, as the frequency of robotic hysterectomies performed by minimally invasive gynecologists is currently on the rise across the United States. Note that Intuitive Surgical builds and markets the DaVinci robot, which is not itself a "morcellator". However, use of the DaVinci robot almost invariably appears to require that the uterus be minced up, or morcellated, into smaller pieces inside the woman's belly cavity in order to extract from the abdomen. A clear example is shown in the following YouTube video of DaVinci being used to perform a robotic hysterectomy and manually morcellating the uterus using the endo-wrist component of the robot (morcellation is being performed at minute 5:30 of the video).  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6luiX6UQmg  Without morcellation using equipment manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, robotic hysterectomies would, likely, not be possible using the DaVinci Robot. It is noteworthy that the DaVinci robot does not appear to have a readily available warning label advising against its use to morcellate tumors with malignant potential inside the body. The company's Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Myriam Curet, a surgeon herself, has been informed and advised of this severe hazard in the use of DaVinci for robotic hysterectomy and the absence of a readily available warning label.

Hooman Noorchashm
93,027 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Federal Aviation Administration Michael Huerta, SoCal Metroplex EA Federal Aviation Administration, United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator Kamala Harris, United States Congressperson Karen Bass, LAX Airport Environmental Manager Scott Tatro, Culver City Councilmember Jim B. Clarke, Culver City Mayor Jeffrey Cooper, Culver City Councilmember Meghan Sahli-Wells, Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Santa Monica Ted Winterer, United States Congressperson Ted Lieu, Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin, Culver City Councilmember Goran Eriksson, Culver City Vice Mayor Thomas Aujero Small

Stop the Proposed FAA NextGen Flights Over Culver City

The FAA is proposing changing the flight paths over Culver City beginning 2016. The proposed new flight paths will fly over Culver City High School (and nearby Farragut Elementary School and Middle School) and over downtown Culver City (and Linwood Howe Elementary School). This change is part of the FAA's implementation of a new air traffic control system (NextGen) that allows more planes in the air, flying at a lower altitude, and closer spacing between planes along a narrower flight path, which concentrates flight paths over our homes and schools.. Culver City residents have noticed an increased amount of aircraft noise over our once quiet Culver City neighborhoods. The sky is humming with jet noise, spaced within as little as 60 seconds of each other, plane after plane, throughout the day and night, and the jet noise is noticeably loud (not quiet from a distant). Some of them are flying at such a low altitude residents are able to identify the airline from below. The jet noise and pollution WILL GET WORSE when NextGen takes effect in 2016, and has the potential to negatively change the characteristics of our city and neighborhoods. Many Culver City residents are concerned the increased jet noise and pollution will negatively impact our home values, businesses, environment, our children's ability to concentrate and learn in school, and their ability to safely play outside without the spew of toxic chemicals from the jet fuel overhead. Other cities have recently sued the FAA over increased aircraft noise in their neighborhoods due to NextGen. Phoenix sues FAA over flight path changes:http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2015/06/01/phoenix-sues-faa-over-flight-path-changes/28329559/ Plane exhaust kills more people than plane crashes:http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/10/101005-planes-pollution-deaths-science-environment/ Lower altitudes of proposed late night flights over Culver City may negatively affect residents' health and sleep:http://doorstoarrival.com/proposed-flight-path-undermines-lax-noise-abatement-efforts/ The proposed FAA NextGen flight paths over Culver City have the potential to squash a flourishing, vibrant American community that is in the midst of a renaissance. Culver City is on the international map, known worldwide for art, architecture, and food. Citizens around the world are talking about Culver City as “a magnet for lovers of the arts, good food and culture” and it is considered “L.A.'s new restaurant mecca.” The Culver City Arts District is home to the world’s most cutting-edge art galleries and architecture that, according to the NY Times and the BBC, rival those of other cities around the world. Innovative startups and technology companies (such as NantWorks and Beats Electronics) and entertainment industry giant, Sony Pictures Studios, have made Culver City their home. Although located within the urban metropolis of Los Angeles, Culver City has its own highly acclaimed local government and has a small town feel where involved residents actively form block party committees to organize annual Fourth of July celebrations with their families, friends, and neighbors. Culver City is an ideal, united, and all-American town that takes pride in its racial, ethnic, religious, and socio-economic diversity. We celebrate and honor our senior citizens and veteran’s community. Families throughout Southern California and around the world move to Culver City because of our highly ranked, award-winning public schools at the elementary school, middle school, and high school levels. The first public dual-language immersion school in the U.S. began in Culver City. Culver City is also home to some of the most prestigious private schools in Southern California. Culver City is also known as a pedestrian community where residents, young and old, enjoy and bond with one another in outdoor spaces. When you walk around the residential neighborhoods of Culver City you will see neighbors walking their dogs, environmentally conscious citizens tending to their organic vegetable gardens, senior citizens practicing Tai Chi every Saturday morning in Culver City’s many parks, fathers playing soccer with their sons, and mothers and daughters going door-to-door to raise funds for their schools. The proposed FAA NextGen flight path over Culver City is a THREAT to EVERYTHING we (and the world) love about Culver City. We implore you to use all your power, influence, and connections to protect this flourishing, internationally acclaimed American city. The World is Talking About Culver City: Culver City: LA’s hottest new neighborhood.http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20110105-culver-city-ready-for-its-close-uphttp://www.utsandiego.com/uniontrib/20070826/news_1t26culver.html An art district grows in Culver City.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/24440/an-art-district-grows-in-culver-cityhttp://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B01E3D7153FF930A35757C0A9639C8B63http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-culvergallery27mar27,0,3849,full.story Culver City is the site of a burgeoning food scene.http://www.latimes.com/features/food/la-fo-critic3may03,0,3270162,full.story Culver City: L.A.’s newest design destination.http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/next-stop-culver-city Culver City is a tech haven.http://culvercity.patch.com/groups/local-internet-companies/p/the-words-out-culver-city-is-a-tech-havenhttp://labusinessjournal.com/news/2014/sep/08/culver-city-mayor-talks-tech-development/ Culver City’s local government as a model for other cities.http://culvercity.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/culver-city-ranked-3-in-los-angeles-countys-88-cities-in-201213 CBS News Media Coverage. http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/09/03/culver-city-residents-warn-of-more-jet-noise-pollution-from-new-faa-flight-paths/ Respectfully,Parents and Residents of Culver City

Parents and Residents of Culver City
2,105 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Amador County Community Development Agency

Stop Plymouth Cell tower from being built next door to baby

Dear Caring Reader, Thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter and to sign our petition. My husband and I moved to Amador County from Rancho Cordova to our dream home during the fall of 2015. I was pregnant at the time with our daughter who is now one. We envisioned raising a family in this quiet rural setting and we were overjoyed when we were able to close on the property. It was a fixer-upper but that only made it more enticing because it meant we could build our American Dream, our way (my husband is a Veteran).  On Saturday July 1, 2017, three days before Independence Day on July 4th, we received a notice from Amador County Community Development Agency Planning Department of a proposed 136’ tall Microwave/Cellular tower to be built on the property immediately adjacent to ours, or better said… A looming tower just feet away from our daughter’s nursery blasting microwave and cellular emissions 24/7 leaving us without the ability to turn it off! When we purchased the property we were aware of a cell phone tower in Sutter Creek and an additional tower nearby on Willow Creek Road. Since we relocated here we have had no issues with cellular service (AT&T, Verizon or Net10) or the internet which is provided by local businesses.  After researching the issue we have found that this tower is part of the FCC’s Connect America Phase II which subsidizes companies to expand their cellular and internet service. However our area is not even eligible for said service. To add insult to injury the tower currently on Willow Creek Road has vacancies and in fact is a more suitable site. This tower is only 3,000 feet away from the proposed site, and actually sits at a higher elevation.  It is also interesting to note that the proposed tower for some reason is exempt from environmental standards (CEQA)!  Ironically, regarding our daughter’s health, our own health and the health of our neighbors and their grazing livestock, upon further research we were absolutely dumbfounded to find that in 1996 the Government passed a law that does not allow counties to deny permits to cell companies based on health concerns.  I cannot understand how in this great country of ours how a person’s health (or an animal’s in the food chain for that matter) is not taken into account especially when that risk concerns a young growing child’s! I personally feel that this tower is an assault on my family’s welfare, property value, peace and security…an assault on our American Dream.  So, if health is off the table for the sake of argument let’s touch upon the fact that property values around these antennas drop by an average of 40 percent as compared to other similar properties without an antenna. Simply put, would you choose to live next to such an eyesore?  We love living here and do not want to move, nor can we afford to. We have put everything, including many hours of blood, sweat and tears into our little piece of America.  We have formed many relationships with our neighbors who also relocated to this area for the rural setting, family values and the amazing views.  Please help us in our fight to protect our dream, for in the larger scheme of things it is your dream too.  We along with our neighbors will be at the public hearing September 12, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Board of Supervisors Chambers at the County Administration Center, 810 Court Street, Jackson, California. Epic wireless will be answering the commissioners questions about co-location at the existing site.  They will be making a decision on whether to approve a use permit at that meeting.  Please feel free to attend.  Thank You, The Somerville’s

Mercedes Somerville
395 supporters