Congressman Tom Cole Stands up to Fight Alzheimer’s

Six months ago, I joined a planning committee here in Central Iowa to help promote awareness during June, Alzheimer’s and Brain Health Awareness Month. The work was rewarding and insightful and the month ended with great news. According to an Alzheimer’s Association press release: The House Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman […]

San Francisco Gay Blood Ban

News: Students Fighting Gay Blood Ban

News: Students Fighting Gay Blood Ban Excerpt Two Craven County high school students want the FDA to change the rules for gay men who want to donate blood. Brianna Culler, 16, started the petition after her friend, Travi Massey, was turned away from a blood drive at West Craven High School. The 17-year-old admitted he […]

Alzheimer's

Defeat Alzheimer’s Disease

Together, we can defeat Alzheimer’s Disease. It will take time and it will take millions of dollars. But as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the only killer in the top ten without treatment or a cure, it must be the focus of the medial community starting today. Together we […]

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News: FDA Reveals New Guidelines on Blood Ban

The Advocate: FDA Reveals New Guidelines on Blood Ban Excerpt: The modification of what the FDA called an “indefinite deferral,” or ban, for all MSM stopped short of what other countries have done in lifting what the Human Rights Campaign calls a “medically and scientifically unwarranted” policy. Commentary: Unfortunately, this was not a surprise from […]

New York Times

News: NYT Offers Little Praise to FDA

New York Times: Most Gay Men Still Excluded From Giving Blood Excerpt: Under the new rule, any man who has had sex with another man in the last year may not donate blood. The change would still irrationally exclude many, if not most, adult gay men, including men in monogamous sexual relationships. Read the Full […]

Richard Dedor Statement

Statement: Praise to FDA for Listening to Science

DES MOINES, IOWA — 2005 University of Northern Iowa graduate and former candidate for Mayor of Mason City, Iowa, Richard Dedor has released the following statement regarding the Food & Drug Administration’s action on reducing the gay blood ban: “Thankfully, the FDA today listened to the recommendation of the U.S. Health and Human Services’ Advisory […]