California Cures!: How The California Stem Cell Program Is Fighting Your Incurable Disease!

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Thirteen years ago, America faced an epidemic of chronic disease: cancer, paralysis, blindness, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and more.

But California voters said "YES!" to a $3 billion stem cell research program: the awkwardly-named California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Born into battle, the scrappy little state agency was immediately blocked by three years of anti-science lawsuits -- but it defeated them all. And then?

A quiet triumph. With a focused intensity like the Manhattan Project (but for peaceful purposes, not to build a bomb), scientists funded by CIRM took on the challenges: disease and disability called chronic: incurable.

In a series of connected stories, accurate though written to entertain, "California Cures" relates a war: science against disease, with lives on the line. Think what it means for a paralyzed young man to recover the use of his hands, or for a formerly-blind mother to see her teenaged children -- for the first time!

Do you know the "bubble-baby" syndrome? Infants without a proper immune system typically die young; a common cold can kill. But for eighteen babies in a stem cell clinical trial, a different future: they were cured of their disease.

No one can predict the pace of science, nor say when cures will come; but California is bringing the fight. The reader will meet the scientists involved, the women and men behind the microscope, and share their struggle.

Above all, "California Cures" is a call for action. Washington may argue about the expense of health care (and who will get it), but California works to bring down the mountain of medical debt: stem cell therapies to ease suffering, and save lives.

Will California build on success -- and invest $5 billion more in stem cell research?

"We have the momentum," says author Don C Reed, "We dare not stop short. Chronic disease threatens everyone -- we are fighting for your family, and mine!"

Contents: Introduction: Evangelina and the Golden StateThe Absolute Minimum You Need to Know FirstTo Breathe, or Not to BreatheThe Strongest Man in the WorldWhen the Dolphin Broke My EarThe Boy with Butterfly SkinThe Great Baldness "Comb-Over" Replacement?"He Sees! He Sees!"Cop at the Window"Go West, Young (Wo)Man" -- To a Biomed Career?And How Will You be Paying for that New Heart?The Answer to Cancer?A Political Obstacle to Heart Disease Cure?Your Friend, the Liver!"Bring 'em Back Alive"The Color of FatRevenge for My SisterA Story with No Happy Ending?Aging and Stem CellsThe "Impending Alzheimer's Healthcare Disaster"President Trump's Great Stem Cell OpportunityLeiningen's Ants and Parkinson's DiseaseOn the Morality of Fetal Cell ResearchDemocracy and Gloria's KneesThree Children, and the Eternal FlameAutism, Mini-Brains, and the Zika VirusWhy "The Big Bang Theory" Matters to MeMusashi and the Two-Sword Solution"The Magnificent Seven"The Connecticut CommitmentIn Memory of BeauTo Relocate Alligators, or Turn a Country on to Biomed?Whale Sharks and Outer SpaceMr Science Goes to Washington?When Oklahoma is Not OkJames Bond and MelanomaNeurological Diseases vs. CaliforniaDriving to the StormDoor into TomorrowStem Cell Battles -- On Times Square?Annette, Richard Pryor, and Multiple SclerosisMike Pence, and Reproductive ServitudeMotorcycle Wrecks and Complex FracturesEven Dracula Gets ArthritisTugboat for CureWheelchair Warriors, Take Back Your Rights!Sickle Cell Dis
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World Scientific
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Published on
Mar 16, 2018
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9789813231382
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English
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Science / Life Sciences / Cell Biology
Science / Life Sciences / Neuroscience
Technology & Engineering / Biomedical
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This is a one-of-a-kind book: combining easy-to-understand science, in-the-trenches political warfare, and inspirational stories. It aims to give hope to individuals and families who suffer from chronic disease or disability; to point out how ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference in the battle to ease suffering and save lives through supporting medical research; to share in “people talk” some of the amazing progress already achieved in the new field of stem cell research; to show how even such a magnificent success as the California stem cell program is under constant attack from ideological groups; to offer medical research as a force for international cooperation; to suggest how cure research lessens the need for the mountainous costs of endless care.Unparalleled background: the author has been involved in virtually every important stem cell battle (state, national, and international) since embryonic stem cell research began. The author works closely with Robert N. Klein, sponsor of the California stem cell program, the largest source of such stem cell research funding in the world. In addition, the author is an award-winning teacher as well as writer, and seeks to entertain as well as educate. His book is not only substantive, but also fun.The book would be a treasured gift: for anyone suffering an “incurable” illness or who is a caregiver for a loved one; for a college student considering a rewarding career in biomedicine; for scientists who want to protect and enhance their research funding; and for anyone who wants to see government respond to the needs of its citizenry. Chronic disease and disability are a prison: cure is the triumphant escape — wheelchairs should be for temporary occupancy only.
MUST WE AGE?
A long life in a healthy, vigorous, youthful body has always been one of humanity's greatest dreams. Recent progress in genetic manipulations and calorie-restricted diets in laboratory animals hold forth the promise that someday science will enable us to exert total control over our own biological aging.
Nearly all scientists who study the biology of aging agree that we will someday be able to substantially slow down the aging process, extending our productive, youthful lives. Dr. Aubrey de Grey is perhaps the most bullish of all such researchers. As has been reported in media outlets ranging from 60 Minutes to The New York Times, Dr. de Grey believes that the key biomedical technology required to eliminate aging-derived debilitation and death entirely—technology that would not only slow but periodically reverse age-related physiological decay, leaving us biologically young into an indefinite future—is now within reach.

In Ending Aging, Dr. de Grey and his research assistant Michael Rae describe the details of this biotechnology. They explain that the aging of the human body, just like the aging of man-made machines, results from an accumulation of various types of damage. As with man-made machines, this damage can periodically be repaired, leading to indefinite extension of the machine's fully functional lifetime, just as is routinely done with classic cars. We already know what types of damage accumulate in the human body, and we are moving rapidly toward the comprehensive development of technologies to remove that damage. By demystifying aging and its postponement for the nonspecialist reader, de Grey and Rae systematically dismantle the fatalist presumption that aging will forever defeat the efforts of medical science.

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It's time to stop, take a breath, and hit the reset button in a big way. Unplugged provides a blueprint for using technology to meet your health and performance goals in a much smarter way, while reconnecting to your instincts and the natural world. In addition to sharing the performance expertise of Brian Mackenzie and the scientific insight of Dr. Andy Galpin, Unplugged features exclusive stories and advice from elite athletes and world-renowned experts like Laird Hamilton, Tim Ferriss, Kai Lenny, Kelly Starrett, Steven Kotler, Erin Cafaro, Lenny Wiersma, Dr. Frank Merritt, and Brandon Rager.

Reading Unplugged will enable you to:

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• Rediscover the value of coaches' expertise, curation, and intuition, which technology can't replace

• Take back control of your health, fitness, and performance with the Unplugged training protocol.

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