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Petition to Francis Collins, Jenni Glenn Gingery, Sean Tipton, Mary Green, Dr. Anuja Dokras, Dr. Barbara Levy, Jeremy Lazarus, Kevin Griffis, Polly Webster, Yvonne Lau, Richard Ricciardi

Recognize #PCOS Polycystic Ovary Syndrome as a significant health concern demanding national attention and government support.

Often unrecognized PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) can cause many physical and emotional symptoms and for the up to 10% -20% of women and girls with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Worldwide, it is estimated less than half know what it is or that they have it. Many women with PCOS, have gone years without the proper diagnosis and have silently suffered not knowing what was truly wrong. Even in today’s medically advanced era, women from around the country are experiencing the same lack of response from a medical community with little understanding of PCOS, except in cases when the infertility aspect are addressed. As a result, single women, adolescents, LGBT, older women and those not trying to get pregnant have little chance of being diagnosed!!! PCOS can be a precursor to many life threatening conditions including type II diabetes, hypertension, cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke and kidney problems if left undiagnosed or untreated. This means PCOS contributes to some of the leading causes of death and disability in women today. So why does all of this this matter? PCOS is the leading cause of female infertility in women of reproductive age PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder in women PCOS affects an estimated 14 milluon reproductive-age women in the U.S. Over 50% of PCOS patients are obese 50% of PCOS patients have diabetes by age 40 Approximately 34% of women with #PCOS have #depression and 45% have anxiety. PCOS patients are at higher risk to develop high blood pressure, lipid disorders and coronary artery disease As many as 40% of PCOS patients as young as age 30-45 may have coronary calcification (a warning of heart attack risk) To put this in to further perspective... PCOS affects about 14 million women in the USA. That's more than the number of people diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis and Lupus combined!" - Louise Chang, MD Therefore, PCOS leaders, government officials, organizaions and advocates are charged with identifying strategies for achieving substantial improvement in the quality of health care and education for all patients living with the syndrome.  PCOS patients can not and should not simply be dismissed as a gynecological or infertility problem! With more than half of the women with PCOS predestined to have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes before the age of 40,  and increased risks for heart disease, stroke and endometrial cancer, finding ways to diagnose, screen and educate on the connection between thesee diseases to PCOS is imperative! Without the proper education and awareness of these connected disorders and the seriousness of PCOS as a metabolic endocrine disorder, these epidemics will continue to rise. The NIH needs to allocate more than 0.1% of funding to the approximately 30 million women affected in The United States and needs to engage and direct federal agencies to support more research, better physician education and better tools and resources for women and girls with the syndrome to live healthier lives with healthier outcomes!

Ashley Levinson
34,621 supporters
This petition won 4 days ago

Petition to infant formula companies in Japan

We need ready-to-feed baby formula in Japan!

In Japan, infant formula can only be found in powders.  Despite the big praise given to liquid formula bottles at time of quake disaster in Japan, after 3 years companies are still reluctant to start development.  So let's let them know that our need is strong!   In Japan, infant formula can only be found in powders.  This is because breast milk substitute defined in food hygiene law is quoted as "powdered" milk formula. Liquid formula gained attention at the 3.11 disaster of earthquake and tsunami when mothers living aboard saved sheltered mums and their babies by sending donation of foreign made ready to feed milk and bottles.  Mums were able to feed babies without cleansing/sterilising bottles or boiling clean water, both of which were incapable at shelters. While majority of the country still don't know about liquid formula, mothers around me are eager to have them launched in Japan, especially the ready to feed bottles with disposable teats that can be used for outings and most importantly be stocked as emergency supplies. There should be more voices like ours, so l would like to bundle these opinions and bring them to infant formula companies. I believe a massive voice can move companies to push the government to update their regulation. Please join me in making a small request for a big big change in raising kids in Japan.   View this petition in Japanese:

末永 恵理
42,891 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Jim Turley, Ellie Morrison, Michael Surbaugh, The Boy Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America

Boy Scout President Jim Turley: Speak Out Against Discrimination and Harassment of Girls

I have been an unofficial member of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for 13 years and try my best to live by the Scout Oath and Law. On February 1, 2019 - 478 days after the announcement that the BSA would soon allow girls to join - I was finally permitted to become an official member of the new Scouts BSA. I have done all the work to earn the highest rank - Eagle Scout. Sadly, the BSA leaders - Jim Turley and Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh - continue to promote policies of gender discrimination against girls by refusing to even consider girls for the rank of Eagle Scout until October 2020 - 3 years after announcing girls will soon be welcomed as full members. Male scouts do not have to wait until October of 2020 to earn the Eagle Rank. This policy targeting and excluding young women, while promoting young men, is an example of the ongoing gender discrimination in the Boy Scouts.   Why is the BSA continuing to discriminate against young women?  President Turley and Chief Scout Executive Surbaugh, please join me in speaking out against gender discrimination and harassment in Scouts BSA.  Why did it take the BSA eight months to revoke the membership of an honor society, Order of the Arrow, adult leader, CYBERHARASSER?  I am committed to building the new Scouts BSA but we need your vocal support to be free from discrimination and harassment.   When I first met with the Boy Scout Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh, he encouraged me to keep earning Rank and Merit Badges.  Mr. Surbaugh even said that I could be the first female Eagle Scout.* I did the work. I earned Merit Badges and Rank Advancement. I completed my two Eagle Projects. I was even elected Senior Patrol Leader of my Troop. I should not have to wait until October 2020 to be awarded the Eagle Rank I have already earned.   This past October, BSA President Jim Turley told me that my work, and the work of hundreds of other young women, will not count. Male Scouts are not required to repeat work on Rank and Merit Badges and wait until 2020 to earn the Eagle Rank. President Jim Turley: why is the BSA continuing to discriminate against young women?   Young women demonstrated enormous leadership in pushing the BSA accept girls into the program. Because of this, girls will rise through the ranks and become Eagle Scouts alongside the best of the boys. All we need is the opportunity Mr. Turley. Please end the discrimination and retaliation against young women - NOW.   If the new Scouts BSA intends to welcome girls, there can be no tolerance for Harassment and Bullying of young women.  Mr. Turley, we must a safe Scouts BSA program, free from harassment. Young women have to know that if we file a complaint it will be investigated and taken seriously. As of now, we don't have confidence in the BSA to investigate claims of harassment. Please work with me and speak out against discrimination and harassment in the BSA.    Send an email to President Turley and Chief Scout Executive Surbaugh, respectfully telling them that girls have worked just as hard for recognition and deserve to the same Rank Advancement and Merit Badges opportunities as boys and to speak out against harassment. Please send to all email addresses:;;;; #ScoutHerIn #LetSydneyInNOW #CatalystInc #MeToo *There already are female Eagle Scouts. 

Sydney Ireland
11,714 supporters