Physicians for Social Responsibility to Release Major Report on Coal and Human Health

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 General News J E 4

American Lung Association, American Nurses Association to Join PSR at November 18 Press Conference

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) is preparing to release a groundbreaking medical report, "Coal's Assault on Human Health," which takes a new look at the devastating impacts of coal on the human body. The report will be made public at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Wednesday November 18 at 9:30 AM, which will include speakers from the American Lung Association and the American Nurses Association.

"Coal's Assault on Human Health" provides a new assessment of the devastating impacts of coal on the human body. The report examines the impact of coal pollution from all stages of the coal life cycle on the major body organ systems: respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous system. The report also considers coal's contribution to global warming, and the health implications of global warming on vulnerable human populations. The report includes five specific policy recommendations, and will be jointly released by PSR, the American Lung Association and the American Nurses Association.

WHAT: Physicians for Social Responsibility "Coal's Assault on Human Health" Press Conference

WHEN: November 18, 2009, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

WHERE: National Press Club, First Amendment Room


PSR Executive Director Peter Wilk, MD

Alan H. Lockwood, MD FAAN

Kristen Welker-Hood, ScD MSN RN

Katherine M. Shea, MD

American Lung Association Vice President Janice E. Nolen

American Nurses Association General Counsel Alice L. Bodley

RSVP: Contact Aric Caplan at 301-998-6592 or to RSVP, for information about the report or about the availability of the speakers for interviews.


Founded in 1961 by physicians concerned about the impact of nuclear proliferation, PSR shared the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War for building public pressure to end the nuclear arms race. Since 1991, when PSR formally expanded its work by creating its environment and health program, PSR has addressed the issues of global warming and the toxic degradation of our environment. PSR educates and advocates for policies to curb global warming, ensure clean air, generate a sustainable energy future, prevent human exposures to toxic substances, and minimize toxic pollution of air, food, and drinking water. More information is available at

SOURCE Physicians for Social Responsibility


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