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Toxic chemicals found in doctors and nurses.

Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), in partnership with American Nurses Association (ANA) and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), released the "Hazardous Chemicals In Health Care" report ,!!I detailing the first investigation ever of chemicals found in the bodies of health care professionals. The inquiry found that all of the 20 participants had toxic chemicals associated with health care in their bodies. Each participant had at least 24 individual chemicals present, four of which are on the recently released Environmental Protection Agency list of priority chemicals for relation. These chemicals are all associated with chronic illness and physical disorders.

PSR, ANA, and HCWH have joined the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families campaign, a diverse and growing coalition of organizations, businesses, and individuals united by concern about the toxic chemicals in our homes, places of work. and in products used every day. The coalition is working to reform the federal law governing toxic chemicals, the Toxic Substance Control Act, calling for eliminating the most dangerous chemicals from commerce, holding chemical companies responsible for information about health and environmental impacts of chemicals, and using the best science to protect all people and vulnerable groups, including children. For more info, see

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Title Annotation:MEDSURG MINUTE
Publication:MedSurg Nursing
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2010
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