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The Diana Padelford Binkley Foundation (“The Diana Foundation”) was established in 2004 as a charitable institution in memory of Diana Binkley. Diana died in August 2003 following adverse side effects of a treatment of high-dosage steroids prescribed for chronic back pain caused by a herniated disc. High dosage steroid treatments can induce neuropsychiatric impairments in one out of five patients. In 3% of affected cases, steroid psychosis leads to suicide in patients with no prior history of suicidal behavior.

The Foundation was established to provide information and facilitate dialogue between western physicians, alternative medicine practitioners, and patients and family members regarding the diagnosis, treatment and management of pain in women and to sponsor colloquia around the latest research into the adverse side effects or steroid remedies.The Foundation has co-sponsored two conferences on Pain Management in Women Over The Life Cycle, 2006 and 2007, with the University of California, San Diego ("UCSD") Medical School/Department of Psychiatry. It has also underwritten two colloquia: Glucocorticoids and Mood: Clinical Manifestations, Risk Factors and Molecular Mechanisms, June, 2008 and an international consensus workgroup on Neuropsychiatric Sequelae of Glucocorticoid Treatment, April, 2012, both also co-sponsored by UCSD's Medical School/Department of Psychiatry.


To educate the public in the potential dangerous side effects of steroid therapies and to assist clinicians in communicating with and coordinating better pain medication, treatment , and services to women patients who rely primarily on homeopathic remedies for the treatment of common illness and pain.

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Diana Padelford Binkley Diana Padelford Binkley
Dec 7, 1945 — August 24, 2003.

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