The End of Antibiotics? A Call for Physician Action

With the evolution of multi-antibiotic resistant bacteria, modern medicine faces the potential loss of one of its most essential tools, antibiotics. Physicians and public health advocates have made great strides in reducing the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Now, the identification of antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB) and their resistant genes in the 3 byproducts of the wastewater treatment plants initiates an alarming call for physicians to take action to reduce the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria and their resistant genes by our wastewater treatment plants.


Freeway Expansion a Misguided Approach to Improving Air Quality

How will expanding the I-710 freeway impact the health of nearby residents? In an Op-Ed published in EGP News, Dr. Felix L. Nuñez, MD, MPH, expresses his concern that freeway expansion will induce traffic and lead to negative health outcome in Bell Gardens, where he serves as the Chief Medical Officer of a community health center.


Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals Found on Toddlers’ Hands

Environmental health advocates responded to the new Duke University-led study of 83 North Carolina toddlers, published today in Environmental Health Perspectives, that suggests exposure to potentially toxic flame-retardant chemicals may be higher in non-white toddlers than in white toddlers.


PSR-LA Stands Up to the EPA Over Smog in Los Angeles Basin

PSR-LA is leading the way with a challenge to hold the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accountable for meeting its own clean air standards according to the Clean Air Act. The EPA missed a May 2011 deadline to determine whether the ozone level in the region is hazardous to public health, which would help enact tougher limits on pollution from cars, trucks, ships and refineries.


Cumulative Environmental Impacts in Los Angeles: Join Clean Up Green Up

Public health leaders gathered at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center on April 6, 2011, for an educational forum and dialogue session. The keynote speakers, discussed the problem of cumulative environmental impacts and the disproportionate impact these have on low-income communities of color. They placed a special emphasis on the latest research on toxic hot spots, underlying social determinants and emerging policy solutions.


Ventura County Star: Protect our children; support ban on BPA use

A new study that shows girls are reaching puberty earlier than ever — which puts them at greater risk for behavioral problems as adolescents and breast cancer as adults — is just the latest report to highlight the many alarming health challenges facing our children today. Autism spectrum disorders are on the rise and childhood obesity has become a national epidemic.