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PCRM Online August 2012

 August 2012 Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine  

News and Campaign Updates

Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act

Wonderful News! Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act Moves Toward Passage
The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act just took a huge step toward passage this year. Last week, the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill, supporting its passage out of committee to a full Senate vote. But the fight is not over. We still need you to ask Congress to support the bill. Taxpayer Savings >

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Stop Dairy Industry from Milking School Lunches

Stop Dairy Industry from Milking School Lunches for Profit
PCRM recently petitioned the federal government to stop requiring milk in the National School Lunch Program. The federal government spends more money on dairy products than any other food item in the school lunch program. But research shows that milk does not improve bone health and is the No. 1 source of saturated fat in children’s diets. Other Problems >

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Senate Introduces Bill to Save Animals and Improve Military Medical Training

Senate Introduces Bill to Save Animals and Improve Military Medical Training
Last week, the Senate introduced the Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act, a bill that would phase in human-based simulators and phase out the use of live animals in combat trauma training courses. This legislation was introduced following PCRM briefings on the issue that included hands-on demonstrations of medical simulators built primarily for military use. To keep the bill moving forward, ask your senators to co-sponsor S. 3418. See Simulator >

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Hot-dogs cause butt cancer

Hot-Dog Eaters, Save Your Buns
PCRM’s “Hot-Dog Eaters, Save Your Buns” banner at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest warned spectators and participants of the link between hot dogs and colorectal cancer. On July 10, PCRM’s “Warning: Hot Dogs Can Strike You Out—For Good” billboard cautioned fans flocking to the All-Star baseball game. See Banner and Billboard >

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tamarin used in medical laboratory

Harvard Lab Announces Intent to Retire Monkeys Following PCRM Complaint
PCRM has invoked the Endangered Species Act against a Harvard University laboratory that neglected and killed two cotton-top tamarins. In response to PCRM’s complaint, Harvard says it will send the remaining tamarins—a critically endangered monkey species native to Colombia—to sanctuaries or wildlife refuges. You can help by asking Harvard to immediately set a release date. Death in Cage Washer >

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Fast Food Fuels Obesity in China: Kickstart China Begins Aug. 6

Fast Food Fuels Obesity in China: Kickstart China Begins Aug. 6
A new study found that Chinese men and women who ate Western fast food increased their risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. PCRM's Kickstart China is designed to help Chinese-speaking people around the world improve their health beginning Aug. 6. Read Dr. Barnard’s Blog >

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Kittens no longer used in pediatrics training

Victory for Kittens at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Live kittens no longer endure painful procedures in the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center’s pediatrics residency intubation training. Thanks to PCRM and allies in Oklahoma, kittens were replaced with human-based medical simulation. Take Action >

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Become a Food for Life Instructor: Apply Today!

Become a Food for Life Instructor: Apply Today!
Are you passionate about food as medicine? Get certified to teach the award-winning Food for Life program at the next new instructor training Nov. 7 to 9, in Washington, D.C. Dietitians and nurses to earn 20 continuing education credits. Details >

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