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If you wanted to know if a "clinical trials" to test a new medication or therapy was any good, where would you look to find out?
diverdonreed 05/18/2015 3 - - -
How Many Americans Have Parkinson's ?
Five hundred thousand Americans have Parkinson's Disease (PD). It's hard to visualize half a million people! But try this:
diverdonreed 05/17/2015 2 5 1 -
Three Stem Cell Musketeers of Brazil
When I first heard Brazil had signed a letter of agreement with the California stem cell research program, to support research collaboration, I could hardly believe my ears...
diverdonreed 05/15/2015 2 8 3 -
Huntington's Disease Challenged by California Stem Cell Program
Huntington's disease will be challenged....
diverdonreed 04/28/2015 1 1 - -
where I have been
For the past year or so I have been writing a book, called STEM CELL BATTLES: Proposition 71 and Beyond.
diverdonreed 04/21/2015 1 5 - -
Blank Check for Government Intrusion: North Dakota's Amendment One is disguised personhood law
Imagine being trapped on your rooftop in the middle of a raging flood. Now imagine things get worse, as poisonous snakes come slithering out of the water, onto your roof... North Dakota's Amendment ...
diverdonreed 10/28/2014 7 12 - -
IOWA AND STEM CELLS: Braley/Ernst Race has National Impact
Does the Iowa Senate race affect you? Only if you or someone you love has diabetes, blindness, or Alzheimer's disease.
diverdonreed 10/18/2014 5 7 1 -
Why would an author write a book that is guaranteed not to make her a dime?
diverdonreed 09/09/2014 5 3 - -
CHAMPIONS FIND A WAY: California joins hands with Biomed in fight against paralysis
The California stem cell program has awarded $14.3 million to Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc., to help bring its stem cell treatment closer to paralyzed people-- people like my son Roman Reed, who is ...
diverdonreed 06/03/2014 1 3 - -
First, for those who may have wondered why I have not blogged much of late, two reasons: 1. I am contracted to produce a book on the stem cell struggle and it is a major effort; 2. I have been ...
diverdonreed 05/01/2014 2 3 - -
Ro Khanna, Mike Honda, and Stem Cell Research: Future Meets Past in California 17th District
Question: When is it right to vote against a good man? Answer: When he is out of touch with his constituents, and when there is another good man to replace him.
diverdonreed 04/30/2014 9 1 - -
Ro Khana, Mike Honda, and Stem Cell Research: Future Meets Past in California's 17th District
Question: When is it right to vote against a good man? Answer: When he is out of touch with his constituents, and when there is another good man to replace him.
diverdonreed 04/30/2014 5 1 - -
LIGHT A CANDLE OR CURSE THE DARKNESS? Roman Reed Builds a Senatorial Campaign Around Biomedicine
When you vote for a Senator, you are not just selecting a member of a party, or supporting a set of political beliefs; you are choosing someone whose entire life has prepared them for this day.
diverdonreed 03/23/2014 4 15 - -
Brown Vetoes Paralysis Research Bill
BROWN VETOES PARALYSIS RESEARCH BILL By Don C. Reed Unfortunately, Governor Jerry Brown has just vetoed Assembly Bill 714, (Wieckowski, D-Fremont) which would have restored one million dollars ...
diverdonreed 10/05/2013 8 6 - -
Governor Jerry Brown may decide paralysis research fate
In the next 30 days, Governor Jerry Brown will decide whether California's glorious paralysis research program will be revived--i.e. put the money back in-- or not.
diverdonreed 09/10/2013 3 5 - -
Cure Research: a Life and Death Concern
If people are dying of incurable disease (which they are) and research is the only hope for cure (which it is), then the struggle can be summed up in three short words: Win, or die.
diverdonreed 08/05/2013 1 4 - -
AB 714, a bill to put a million dollars a year into paralysis cure research, was facing a live or die moment. The Senate Health Committee has nine members: six Democrats, three Republicans. We ...
diverdonreed 07/08/2013 3 3 1 -
Logically, I should not have a cold and sinking feeling in my gut, when I think about our bill to fight paralysis. AB 714, a California bill to restore funding to the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury ...
diverdonreed 06/28/2013 4 6 - -
On July 3rd, a bill to fight for freedom-- from paralysis-- will be heard by the Health Committee of the California Senate.
diverdonreed 06/24/2013 1 3 - -
48 Hours till Paralysis Cure Research Vote
As early as Wednesday the California Assembly will vote on AB 714 (Wieckowski, D-Fremont) to fund for one million dollars the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act-- or not.
diverdonreed 05/27/2013 1 2 - -
To help paralysis cure, would you contact these Republicans?
Friday's victory in the California Assembly puts us a giant step closer to a million dollars a year for paralysis cure research. We passed the Appropriations Committee, but now we must pass the ...
diverdonreed 05/26/2013 3 5 - -
Help California earn a million for paralysis cure research?
Help California earn a million dollars for paralysis research?
diverdonreed 05/25/2013 2 5 - -
LAST CHANCE TO HELP PARALYSIS BILL-- and the Financial Benefits of Cure Research
Paralysis costs every Californian one hundred thirty one dollars and fifty-seven cents...for the financial benefits of one small California bill, now hanging in the balance, read on...
diverdonreed 05/19/2013 3 4 - -
If a 20-word letter might rescue five million people from paralysis-- would you write it? If your answer was yes, then help me now.
diverdonreed 05/14/2013 6 3 - -
Paralysis Bill --help with new FAX
The following article ran on Huffington Post yesterday-- unfortunately Yours Truly got the FAX number wrong.... do please read on....
diverdonreed 05/09/2013 1 - - -
IF YOU WERE PARALYZED: Two Research Champions Fighting on Your side
What if you became paralyzed, through an accident or neurological disease? Would you want two of the greatest scientists in the world fighting to develop a cure for you?
diverdonreed 04/28/2013 5 7 - -
Folks, a lot of you have been in this fight for a cure for paralysis for nearly 20 years or more, side by side with Roman Reed, Karen Miner and myself. I really think we are close to a cure. Help ...
diverdonreed 04/26/2013 2 3 - -
Faxes needed for paralysis cure
Help patient advocates fight for paralysis cure!
diverdonreed 04/06/2013 1 2 - -
Mighty Mouse, Medical Research, and Paralysis Cure
What do Mighty Mouse and World War II have to do with paralysis cure research?
diverdonreed 03/10/2013 4 8 - -
Major Stem Cell Event in San Francisco
Thursday, March 7 • 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm Grand Ballroom, Hyatt Regency San Francisco 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, California, USA 94111 Folks, this is something wonderful—and it’s free. ...
diverdonreed 02/28/2013 3 10 - -
Minnesota's Fighting Paralysis-- Let's Help Minnesota!
Wheelchairs should be for temporary occupancy only....Let's make that dream come true, and in our lifetime.
diverdonreed 02/21/2013 1 1 - -
California continues its amazing step-by-step progress toward curing the incurable diseases which are blighting lives and blasting the economy....
diverdonreed 02/07/2013 4 18 3 -
Major Changes Accepted at California Stem Cell Program
All change is painful, the more so if its necessity is questionable. But there can be no debate that the board of the California stem cell program took the high road when it accepted major changes ...
diverdonreed 01/27/2013 2 4 - -
California stem cell program threatened-- again!
In Northern California on January 23rd? Care about stem cell research? Read on.
diverdonreed 01/12/2013 1 7 1 -
Should Patient Advocate Voices be Shut Out from California Stem Cell Program?
The California stem cell program is a shining example of citizen action. Patient advocates developed the idea, fought to put it on the ballot, and made it real. Now, in a shocking turn of events, ...
diverdonreed 01/06/2013 2 5 - -
Remove Patient Advocate Voices from the California Stem Cell Program?
Patient advocate Bob Klein inspired, led, and helped raise $30 million to pay for the campaign to pass Proposition 71, which became the California stem cell program. Patient advocates like my ...
diverdonreed 12/19/2012 2 3 - -
Like Touching Tomorrow: a Visit to the World Stem Cell Summit
It might seem odd that the battle against chronic disease could have some fun elements-- but anyone who attended the World Stem Cell Summit in West Palm Beach, Florida, left revitalized and cheerful!
diverdonreed 12/09/2012 4 8 1 -
Breakthrough Research-- and a new Threat
A way to "wash out" Alzheimer's disease? Possible breakthrough research must be supported by guarding the National Institutes of Health funding... A research-supporting President is in office now-- ...
diverdonreed 11/16/2012 6 66 6 -
Should politicians casually decide to oppose embryonic stem cell research, on the chance it might gain them ideological votes? They might want to consider what just happened.
diverdonreed 11/13/2012 3 2 - -
Napoleon once said of China, "It is a sleeping dragon; let it sleep, for when it wakes the world will tremble." I feel the opposite about the enormous potential power of the disability community.I ...
diverdonreed 11/06/2012 6 5 - -
Last 24 hours crucial
Sunday, my brother called me to say: "I can't make up my mind who to vote for, for President, Obama or that other guy..."
diverdonreed 11/05/2012 5 5 - -
Obama in the Storm
Four years ago, Barack Obama came to the White House in the midst of a financial storm.
diverdonreed 11/04/2012 2 7 - -
Why Republicans Don't Trust Their Own Candidate
What does John McCain REALLY think about Mitt Romney? We might get an idea if we had MCain's campaign book of opposition research against him-- oh, wait a minute, we do have that....
diverdonreed 11/03/2012 4 7 1 -
Disabled voter? Know your rights
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly one in five Americans has a disability. These are huge numbers-- and they tend to vote Democratic. Are you disabled? Is someone you love a person with a ...
diverdonreed 10/27/2012 5 7 - -
Golfing to defeat paralysis
Roman Reed may be paralyzed in his limbs, but his spirit soars. Ever since his 1994 football accident, Roman has fought to find a cure for all forms of paralysis. In addition to his continuing ...
diverdonreed 10/10/2012 1 2 - 12
Nobel Prize for Research Romney Would Ban?
Two great scientists just received Nobel Prize awards for stem cell research--that would have banned by a Republican president.
diverdonreed 10/09/2012 2 3 - 28
Josh Mandel, Sherrod Brown, Stem Cell Research-- and the Ohio Senate Race
The Ohio Senate race, Republican Josh Mandel vs. Democratic Sherrod Brown, may be the most expensive in America today-- perhaps for all time.
diverdonreed 10/08/2012 3 8 - 65
Paralysis research bill vetoed
The Governor of California just vetoed a bill to fund the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act. It is a devastating blow, but we will come back, and try again.
diverdonreed 09/19/2012 4 4 - 37
If I lived in North Dakota, I know who I would vote for, not only because Heidi Heitkamp loves that state with all her heart and soul, but because she is the kind of person America needs in the ...
diverdonreed 09/16/2012 9 16 1 134
If you could end paralysis for the cost of a stamp and five minutes of your time, would you do it?
diverdonreed 09/10/2012 3 7 - 55
Right now, California is one vote away from funding a great research program-- essentially for free. The Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act would be funded again-- if Jerry Brown signs ...
diverdonreed 08/23/2012 7 7 - 43
Monday to Remember: Paralysis Cure in the Balance?
This coming Monday, where will you be? I will be in a small room in Sacramento, holding my breath as the fate of a bill is decided-- a bill to fund spinal cord injury research for cure. I will ...
diverdonreed 08/02/2012 8 9 - 49
Win One for FDR-- and the Wheelchair Warrior in Your Life
FDR may have done more good for America than any other President-- and he did it from a wheelchair. Honor a wheelchair warrior-- help pass a bill (AB 1657) to fund research to cure paralysis.
diverdonreed 07/25/2012 1 4 - 14
APOLOGY Unfortunately, I spectacularly misspelled California Senator Michael Rubio's name in this morning's article. It was MICHAEL Rubio of Bakersfield whose key vote saved our bill--AB 1657-- ...
diverdonreed 06/30/2012 2 1 - 49
THE AGONY AND THE EXHAUSTION: the Price of Political Change?
THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY, by Irving Stone, describes the creative process of Michaelangelo, as he painted the Sistine Chapel. Put a small change in the last word, making it "exhaustion", and you ...
diverdonreed 06/30/2012 2 2 - 17
FIVE TO SURVIVE: Paralysis Cure Bill Faces Key Vote
This Tuesday, a vote will be held in Sacramento: to allow the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act to go forward, or not. So near, and yet so far... 9 members of the Transportation and ...
diverdonreed 06/22/2012 1 3 - 17
North Dakota Senate Races, and the Sinking of the Titanic
Unless America wants a legislative disaster akin to the sinking of the Titanic, a North Dakota Senate win is crucial this November. Assume a nightmare: if Republicans keep control of the House of ...
diverdonreed 06/19/2012 8 6 - 71
California Counts Votes on Paralysis Cure Bill
What could be better than bipartisan cooperation, Democrats and Republicans working together for the common good-- does not the eagle need two wings to fly? Sadly, today's Republican leader appears ...
diverdonreed 06/04/2012 2 6 1 28
Give Scott Walker his Walking Papers!
There are moments in life when one can either fly, or be stuck in the mud forever. Tuesday, June 5th, is just exactly such a day.
diverdonreed 06/01/2012 3 7 - 40
"People must fight for each other"--paralysis cure bill hanging in the balance
"People must fight for each other," said the lady in the elevator.
diverdonreed 05/11/2012 3 8 - 33
CONTACT THE CHAIRMAN--fight paralysis today!
Tomorrow I make the trek to Sacramento again, to knock on doors and explain to whoever will listen the importance of supporting research to cure paralysis-- I could use your backup with a quick and ...
diverdonreed 05/02/2012 1 3 - 14
Paralysis Cure Bill Advances, Danger Ahead
Sometimes the words of a child can be so direct and honest, that it shakes your world...
diverdonreed 04/26/2012 5 11 - 62
Paralysis Cure Bill Back on Track!
Sometimes, in the midst of that is gloomy and dark, a shining ray of light appears, that warms the soul. The law named after my paralyzed son, California's Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act,
diverdonreed 03/20/2012 2 5 - 29
Obama Proved Right on Stem Cells: Republican Candidates Would have Criminalized Breakthrough
Should a President criminalize research which might return vision to the blind? The four leading Republican candidates apparently think so. Read on.
diverdonreed 01/25/2012 7 23 1 142
Join Us Tuesday!
It's not too late! If you are going to be in Northern California, and you would like to support stem cell research, join us-- it will be important....
diverdonreed 01/23/2012 1 1 - 13
Geron Will Not Expand Stem Cell/Spinal Cord Injury Trials?
On a pure business decision, Geron Inc. has decided to not enroll further patients in its ground-breaking stem cells for spinal cord injury human trials. What does this mean?
diverdonreed 11/15/2011 4 2 - 43
Thank you, Mississippi-- for defeating the "personhood" Initiative!
If ever there was an anti-research, anti-freedom, anti-woman law in the making, Mississippi's Initiative 26 was it. But last night, Mississippi voters took matters into their own hands.
diverdonreed 11/09/2011 65 75 2 246
MISSISSIPPI MADNESS: Amendment 26 would ban abortions, stem cell research, and birth control pill
Want a glimpse of the Republican tomorrow? Check out Amendment 26, in Mississippi.
diverdonreed 11/07/2011 52 31 - 216
The Stem Cell Speech America Must Hear
What if there was a way to raise literally hundreds of billions of dollars to fund stem cell research, fight disease and lower medical costs-- without raising taxes?
diverdonreed 10/30/2011 2 4 1 30
Stem Cell State, Stem Cell World
"The only complaint we have about the World Stem Cell Summit," said Jonathan Thomas, chair of the California stem cell program, "is that there is just too much to take in..." A wealth of information,
diverdonreed 10/10/2011 3 4 - 20
Huge Victory for Obama, Stem Cell Research, and America
Yesterday, Judge Royce Lamberth dismissed an attempt to shut down federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. What does this mean?
diverdonreed 07/28/2011 15 23 1 88
Stem Cell Champion Steps Down: new leader for California program
I am still a little in shock. On June 23rd, Bob Klein resigned from the chairmanship of the California stem cell program-- which he began.
diverdonreed 06/25/2011 3 6 - 50
California Takes On the Valley of Death
There is a place you will not find on any map. It has no physical location. But it is real nonetheless, and a danger to all mankind. It is the Valley of Death, where new medicines die.
diverdonreed 06/04/2011 4 10 - 115
Delayed but not Defeated: paralysis cure research bill shot down in committee
Without even so much as a public vote, a bill to fund paralysis cure research has been killed in committee. At least, that is what it looks like from the outside.
diverdonreed 05/30/2011 3 10 - 48
High Noon for Paralysis Cure
At noon today, Friday, April 27th, think good thoughts about someone in a wheelchair. Because 12:00 Pacific Standard Time, is when the California Appropriations Committee says yes or no the ...
diverdonreed 05/27/2011 1 2 - 29
Not too late to fight for cure: 10 reasons to support California Spinal Cord Injury Research Law
Could California become the spinal cord injury research center of the world? Would that be important?
diverdonreed 05/25/2011 3 8 - 18
Crunch Time for Paralysis Cure!
If you would like California to support research to cure paralysis, today is the day to be heard.
diverdonreed 05/23/2011 2 2 - 36
Cub Scouts Against a Forest Fire? Despite Odds, Supporters of Paralysis Cure Research Can Win
Sometimes, even the most impossible of odds can be overcome, and triumph found.
diverdonreed 05/20/2011 4 5 - 21
PRANAV AND THE COURT DECISION: anti-stem cell litigation still threatens sick
The recent court decision allowing government funding of embryonic stem cell research to go forward is good news-- but it might only last as long as the trial goes on...
diverdonreed 05/02/2011 1 2 - 21
Sometimes the greatest changes in life come down to a single word: like "yes" or "no". For millions of paralyzed Americans, that yes or no may have come in a vote yesterday...
diverdonreed 04/27/2011 2 2 - 8
Paralysis Decision Tuesday Morning
This Tuesday morning in California, April 26th, 2011, seven men and women in Sacramento will decide the future of spinal cord injury research for cure. The families of more than five million ...
diverdonreed 04/24/2011 3 16 - 66
OF SHARKS AND CLONING: Minnesota and the Politics of Fear
What would shark attack movies have to do with Minnesota stem cell politics?
diverdonreed 04/23/2011 7 9 - 57
Friends of Biomedicine, Unite!
Six days from now, Tuesday the 26th, a small state bill will be heard in Sacramento, California. It sounds like nothing, just a small adjustment to traffic tickets. However... Small but powerful, ...
diverdonreed 04/20/2011 2 2 - 35
For more than ten years, one small but effective government program has united Republicans and Democrats. The Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act of 1999 was twice renewed with nearly ...
diverdonreed 04/07/2011 1 3 - 27
Religious Right Attacks Paralysis Research Bill
The Family Research Council is perhaps the most powerful lobbying arm of the Religious Right in America today. They are trying to defeat California's Assembly Bill 190 (Wieckowski, D-Fremont), which ...
diverdonreed 04/06/2011 37 126 1 603
ONE HOUR to Fight for Paralysis Cure: the Vote is tomorrow...
If by working one hour-- just one hour-- you could raise eleven million dollars a year for research to cure paralysis, would you do it? If your answer is yes, read below.
diverdonreed 04/04/2011 1 3 - 25
Three Days to Cure Paralysis: Give Me Part of Your Weekend!
What we do in the next 60 hours will very likely determine if we cure paralysis in our lifetimes, or not. AB 190, California's bill to fund the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act, needs one--
diverdonreed 04/02/2011 6 9 - 44
Crashing Roman's Van: disability community fights on
Before Roman's van crashed, he was having a great day....
diverdonreed 03/29/2011 1 6 - 31
Traffic Tickets-- to Cure Paralysis?
What if, for five minutes' work, you could change the lives of millions of paralyzed people? A crucial hearing will decide, this April 5th, whether to support research to cure paralysis-- at no ...
diverdonreed 03/25/2011 1 6 1 47
Should California STOP funding paralysis cure research
On April 5th, a committee of seven will decide if California spend eleven million dollars a year on spinal cord research-- or nothing at all...
diverdonreed 03/19/2011 5 4 - 17
Could the number of home foreclosures and personal bankruptcies be affected by a politician's stance on stem cell science?
diverdonreed 02/17/2011 4 6 - 78
New Spinal Cord Injury Research Bill Brings Everything Together
A proposed new law in California--AB 190 (Wieckowski, D-Fremont-- offers a new way to fund the fight against spinal cord injury paralysis and all related neurological horrors.
diverdonreed 01/27/2011 3 10 - 116
Lieberman's Legacy: A Stem Cell Research Protection Act?
What if a single individual could break the ideological logjam over embryonic stem cell research? Joe Lieberman might be that man.
diverdonreed 01/22/2011 2 3 - 91
California Stem Cell Chief to Stay On Six Months
California's stem cell program is an astonishing success-- but the one man who above all others began and developed it may retire....
diverdonreed 12/16/2010 2 4 - 78
THANKSGIVING JOY: the California Stem Cell Program--May Continue!
What would be the greatest Thanksgiving present a stem cell research supporter could receive?
diverdonreed 11/25/2010 6 11 - 270
Getting Ready for the Fight of our Lives
Regardless of politics, we are all united by the need for health. Chronic disease and disability drags the economy and ruins families. Stem cell research offers hope of cure-- but it must ...
diverdonreed 11/02/2010 3 7 - 89
To Republicans Who Support Stem Cell Research
To the 58% of Republicans and the 70% of Independents who support embryonic stem cell research, I urge you to be careful with your vote,
diverdonreed 11/01/2010 4 3 1 69
THE POLITICS OF CRUELTY: Wisconsin Republican Opposes Cure Research
Wisconsin is the birthplace of modern stem cell research. It would seem impossible that even the most radical Tea Party Republican would oppose the potentially life-saving research now. ...
diverdonreed 10/31/2010 9 14 - 92
Dan Lungren, Karl Rove, and the Politics of Parkinson's Disease
Do you want an ideologue in office with the power to make medical, scientific, and health decisions-- including on stem cell research? No? Then maybe you would not want to vote for Dan Lungren, ...
diverdonreed 10/30/2010 3 6 - 93
Giant Squids, Cell Phones, and the U.S. Senate-- Victory Against Impossible Odds
What does a fight with a giant squid have to do with the battle to save the Senate? Read on.
diverdonreed 10/29/2010 5 4 - 43
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