Revolutionary Therapies: How The California Stem Cell Program Saved Lives, Eased Suffering - And Changed The Face Of Medicine Forever

Revolutionary Therapies: How The California Stem Cell Program Saved Lives, Eased Suffering - And Changed The Face Of Medicine Forever

by Don C Reed

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Overview

For author Don C Reed, father of a paralyzed son, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) is the greatest medical advance since penicillin.REVOLUTIONARY THERAPIES is Reed's third book about the $3 billion stem cell program.Voted into law in November 2004, CIRM is now running out of money.Should its funding be renewed? Thereby hangs a tale, or rather several dozen of them, for each of the book's 71 short chapters is framed by a yarn or vignette.The factual background is accurate, vetted by the scientists, but Reed's goal is clearly both entertainment and education.A favorite example is a little girl named Evie, imprisoned in a plastic bubble: her body's immune system did not work, and she would die outside. She joined a CIRM clinical trial ... Imagine how Evie's parents felt — when she got well.Some stories are comical, like 'How Stem Cell Research Saved My Car'; others surprising, like the comparison between politics and the giant crocodile Gustave; others are tragic or inspiring: but all point to this: More than 100 million Americans suffer chronic disease, causing mountains of medical debt — and the only way to reduce that expense ($3 trillion last year) — is cure.Related Link(s)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789811213281
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/28/2020
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Odds Against the California Stem Cell Program 1

1 The Silent Hurricane 3

2 Uncle Ben's Kidneys 7

3 Blindness for the Old 11

4 So, You Want to be a Stem Cell Scientist? 15

5 The One-Leg Placebo 17

6 Can We Lower the Prices of Medicine and Therapies? 21

7 "Tesi": Or, How to Engineer an Intestine 25

8 Fighting Rett Syndrome 29

9 The Disease Which Caused a Revolution? 33

10 Leader of the Board 37

11 Hitting Yourself in the Chest 45

12 The Cost of Doing Nothing 49

13 The ATM Disease 53

14 Preventing Medical Bankruptcy? 57

15 New Babies, New Scientists 61

16 Secrets for Free 67

17 Speaking Before Those Who Oppose 71

18 The First 500 Pounds - And Donald Kohn 75

19 Why Fetal Cell Research Must be Allowed 81

20 "Told Your Child is Going to Die…" 87

21 Flat Feet and Neuropathy 91

22 Battling Schizophrenia 95

23 Of Werewolves, Plague, and the Zika Virus 99

24 Getting All the Cancer 103

25 Two Bulldogs 109

26 Other People's Pain: Fighting Bowel Disease 113

27 Building Bone Density 117

28 Money, Hope, and Huntington's 121

29 A Better Rat? 125

30 "Tuesdays with Morrie": Battling ALS 129

31 Punching at Parkinson's 133

32 Arthritis Champions 137

33 Marching for Science? 141

34 Blood, Blood, Blood! 145

35 Someone Who Gets Things Done 149

36 The Voice of CIRM 153

37 Adventures on Bridges: Humboldt State University 159

38 Inside Gloria's Heart 165

39 Fighting Beside Other Countries 171

40 Jobs and New Money 175

41 Scars: By Moray Eels and Other Causes 179

42 Battling Duchenne 183

43 In Which Stem Cell Research Saves My Car 189

44 Should Scientists Run for Office? 191

45 The Strangest Thing Inside My Head 197

46 Of Crocodiles, and Politics 201

47 Raja's Story 205

48 To More Swiftly Heal a Broken Bone? 209

49 Surprises, Awkward and Otherwise 215

50 The Man with the Plan to Assassinate Cancer? 219

51 Lung Cancer, and the Bent Cigarette 223

52 Introducing Madame President 227

53 Fighting Bladder Cancer 233

54 Sickle Cell - And Insults? 237

55 Two Diseases, One Therapy? 245

56 Gloria at Home 249

57 Of CIRM, and Buying My House 255

58 Cooperation with the Capitol 259

59 The Christmas Truce 271

60 Alexander's Challenge 275

61 The Smallest Miracle 281

62 Interview with the Founder: Bob Klein 287

63 The Big Bang Theory, CIRM, and a Dolphin Named Spock 299

64 For My Son 305

65 The ISSCR Adventure 311

66 The Most Terrible Disease 321

67 Body as Battlefield: Clinical Studies Funded by CIRM 325

68 More Victims Than Five Kinds of Cancer? 333

69 Vertigo, Chickens, and Maybe Great News 337

70 A World without CIRM? 341

71 What We Must Do 345

Afterword 349

Name Index 351

Subject Index 355

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