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healthcare

118 petitions

Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to FDA , NIH , MHRA , World Health Organization, European Medicines Agency

Stop the Damage and Find a Cure for Victims of MRI Contrast Toxicity

Thirty million magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are performed each year in the US alone, and many more worldwide. One of every three patients undergoing an MRI scan is injected with the contrast agent, gadolinium. This helps “light up” the results more clearly for the radiologists. Gadolinium is a highly-toxic rare metal. It has no place in the human body. When gadolinium was introduced as a contrast agent, it was prepared in such a way that it was thought to leave the body naturally within 3 days of the MRI scan. Scientific research carried out in the past decade has clearly disproved this. Gadolinium is retained in the body for many years, possibly a lifetime, and concentrates specifically in brain and bones. Tens of millions of patients are exposed to this known toxic substance every year, when they undergo an MRI scan. Many of these patients are young children, whose bodies are still developing. The long-term harm of gadolinium accumulation has not yet been quantified. However, there are already many victims of gadolinium poisoning who suffer painful and crippling symptoms. Recent studies show that gadolinium contrast is used far too liberally and is not necessary in many cases.   We must voice our concerns to the FDA, the World Health Organization and the medical community. We ask the FDA, the World Health Organization and health authorities worldwide to: Warn physicians and patients about the risks of gadolinium. Restrict gadolinium use only to cases where the benefits outweigh the risks. Invest in rapid development of safe gadolinium alternatives. Sponsor large studies of gadolinium toxicity in patients who have undergone MRI scans. Promote the development of effective treatments to remove toxic gadolinium from patients affected by it.

MedInsight Research Institute
2,256 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Bill de Blasio, Stanley Brezenoff

Save NYC's Public Health System

NYC H+H is in difficult financial condition, but cuts and the closure of services is not the answer! When announcing the "One New York Transformation Plan" for Health+Hospitals in April 2016, Mayor de Blasio promised, "This plan will not close any more hospitals or layoff any workers, but expand comprehensive healthcare, especially in high-need communities". Mayor de Blasio then initiated the "Commission on Healthcare for our Neighborhoods" (also known as the "Blue Ribbon Commission"), which released it's recommendations in March 2017, emphasizing that "the current inpatient configuration of NYC Health + Hospitals needs to be consolidated and reduced substantially". To many, this sounds like closure of many hospital units, if not entire facilities. As workers at Health+Hospitals, we see first hand the challenges that our patients face, and call on City leadership to support the country's largest public health system: No closures of services or facilities: Because access to care should include where patients live No layoffs of healthcare workers: Because chronic and severe understaffing of nurses, doctors and support staff is already jeopardizing care Fair funding for public healthcare: Because both New York State and the Federal Government under-fund us Public input into any "consolidation" plans: Because patients deserve a say in their public health system

Harlem Hospital Healthcare Education Activist Team
97 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Scott Jensen

End the Opioid Crisis in Rhode Island

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Like most Rhode Islanders, we are heartbroken to see too many Rhode Islanders dying from opioid overdoses. But what is the cause?  It comes down to the fact that too many Rhode Islanders are prescribed narcotics. Our families get these narcotics because we don't have enough primary care practices and community health centers. Rushed clinicians rarely have the time to assess and treat pain adequately. Worse, Rhode Island doesn't have specialized pain centers that are staffed and equipped to treat pain without narcotics. An important first step in ending the opioid overdose epidemic lies in creating multidisciplinary non-narcotic chronic pain assessment and treatment centers. Rhode Islanders with severe or chronic pain need rapid and complete pain assessment and treatment and they need treatment that doesn’t rely on the use of addictive drugs.  But there are no real non-narcotic chronic pain treatment centers in Rhode Island, because the market as we know it won't pay for it.  Rhode Island must do better than this. Rhode Island needs to build a health care system that is for its people and communities. Sign our petition and ask Scott Jensen, Director of the RI Department of Labor, to create a multidisciplinary pain center at the Arrigan Center (also known as John E. Donley Rehabilitation Center in Providence).Help us persuade Director Jensen to create this treatment center so that all Rhode Islanders can get the treatment they need. Let's end the opioid crisis -- together.  Sincerely,Healthcare Revolt

Healthcare Revolt
31 supporters