October 25, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Dumb stem cell article of the week goes to the Daily Mail on stem cell cosmetics

I think the number of main stream media articles on stem cells that are dumb is increasing…some weeks it’s hard to choose which is the dumbest in fact.

This week it is not so hard to pick.

The Daily Mail has an epic fail piece on a British company’s dubious stem cell treatment for wrinkles and other cosmetic issues.

Title?

Could this stem cell cure for wrinkles end the endless hunt for the perfect skin cream?

The puff piece has no balance whatsoever and might as well be an advertisement….wait, could it be a sponsored article where the company in question paid the Daily Mail to publish it? Perhaps.

In general when you see the word “cure” in a piece on stem cells you should be concerned.

Want a reality check? Check out my Patients guide to treatments and two balanced pieces on stem cell cosmetics here and here.

I believe stem cell cosmetics has promise, but dermatologists and plastic surgeons and other docs are jumping the gun to try to score big profits without doing good science.

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