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Health and Safety

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Update posted 22 hours ago

Petition to Mental Health America, National Institute of Mental Illness, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Human Rights Campaign, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United Healthcare, Health Net, The Department for Health and Social Care

Mental Health Matters

Mental health is a topic many of us choose to simply ignore, until we lose a loved one or we ourselves go through a difficult time. Our mental health is just as important as our physical health but in today's economy it is not an attainable reality for all. The objective of this petition is affordable mental health care for all regardless of social economical status. Here are some statistics coming from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (nami.org): •1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness. •One-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14; three-quarters by the age of 24. •16.3% Hispanic adults live with a mental health condition. •19.3% White adults live with a mental health condition. •18.6% Black adults live with a mental health condition. •13.9% Asian adults live with a mental health condition. •28.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native adults live with a mental health condition. As we can see regardless of our race or where we might live all humans can go through a point of mental illness. Sometimes we ourselves might not need the help that is offered to us but someone we know or love can make great use of amazing resources. 

Jasmin Garcia
11 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to US State Department

Ban Downloadable Guns and Plastic Guns

On July 31st, a United States Federal Judge blocked Cody Wilson and his organization, Defense Distributed from releasing their 3D printed gun blueprints. However, the judge did provide Wilson with other options, such as mailing USB drives with the information on them. In addition, Defense Distributed illegally released the blueprints to the public, days before they were scheduled to be granted permission.  3D printed guns are dangerous because they can be made on demand and can bypass security checkpoints undetected. Also, they have no serial number making the guns untraceable. Kids, felons, terrorists, abusers and mentally ill people could all get their hands on an unlimited amount of guns, without a single background check. Safe Nation demands that a bill is passed, stating that all gun blueprints are illegal to be sold in the United States. If you agree, take a minute to sign the petition because every signature counts!  Safe Nation is a student led organization fighting to end gun violence. It was founded in July, 2018 and has been fighting for gun violence ever since. Text @GUNFREE to 810-10 to subscribe to text message updates! REGISTER TO VOTE! Text @FUTURE to 644-33! Follow our social media channels to support us and to help campaign!@oursafenation on Instagram and Twitter  Visit our website! www.oursafenation.org Some users have issues signing this petition. Please email safenationhelp@gmail.com for technical support, or go to www.oursafenation.org/contact *PLEASE READ UPDATES BELOW FOR CURRENT NEWS AND GOALS*

Safe Nation
138,208 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Scott Gottlieb MD, Jeff Shuren, Sybill Storz, Managing Director, Hal Lawrence, William Maisel MD

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
95,510 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Thomas Webb, Sergei Chernikov, Erin Culbert, Dan Bishop, Jeff Jackson, Vickie Sawyer, Jeff Tarte, Joyce Waddell, Natasha Marcus, Kelly Alexander, John Autry, Chaz Beasley, Mary Belk, John Bradford, Bill Brawley, Becky Carney, Carla Cunningham, Andy Dulin, Beverly Earle, John Fraley, Rodney Moore, Paige Sheehan, Bill Norton, Lynn Good, Cara Brooks, Jordan Martin, M Atkins, Roy Cooper, Michael Regan, Mitchell Setzer, Andy Wells, Rusty Knox, WT Washam, J Aneralla, board , elected officials, J Pope, J Pierson, R Gaither, LaShonda Hart, Shiela Holman, John Risgaard, Andrew Pitner, Brandy Costner, Mike North, Alexandra Russell

CLEAN UP COAL ASH ON LAKE NORMAN, NC

At Marshall Steam Station on Lake Norman, Duke Energy stores millions of tons of coal ash on the banks of the lake in an unlined leaking pit that pollutes the groundwater and the lake.  In November, Duke Energy was required to make public filings under national coal ash storage standards that showed that Duke Energy’s coal ash storage is failing those standards. Under the North Carolina Coal Ash Management Act, The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will decide in April whether Duke Energy will be required to clean up the Lake Norman site and move the coal ash to safe, dry, lined storage. Duke Energy has proposed to leave the coal ash in the unlined pit on the banks of Lake Norman and put a synthetic cover and soil on top (so-called cap in place).  Local community and conservation groups have been urging Duke Energy to move its coal ash to safe, dry, lined storage away from the lake and out of the groundwater (“clean closure”).  Duke Energy is now required to remove its coal ash from unlined pits at 8 other sites in North Carolina, but Duke Energy wants to leave its coal ash in an unlined pit at Lake Norman. In South Carolina, all the coal ash is being removed from every unlined coal ash lagoon in the state, but Duke Energy wants to leave coal ash in unlined waterfront pits in North Carolina, including on Lake Norman. Tell The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Duke Energy to clean up the coal ash mess at Lake Norman by moving the ash out of the unlined pit to safe dry, lined storage – as Duke Energy is required to do at 8 other sites in North Carolina, and as is happening at every coal ash lagoon in South Carolina.  Lake Norman and the surrounding community deserve the same protections! And It’s important for NC DEQ and DE leave a lasting legacy of caring for the community, by correctly and properly cleaning up the coal ash on Lake Norman.  

Coal Ash
14,412 supporters