I have heard back from Stemedica on some questions I had on their role in the stem cell intervention done on hockey legend Gordie Howe. I heard from Marcie J. Frank, VP at Stemedica for Investor Relations. I want to thank her for answering the questions and doing so so quickly. Q: Did Stemedica write the Howe family statement or part of it? A: Stemedica did not write any part of the Howe family statement; that was released by Gordie’s family. Q: Did Stemedica/Novastem provide free treatment …Read More
One of the bigger stem cell stories in the past week was that hockey legend Gordie Howe had received a stem cell ‘treatment” that had “miraculous” positive effects after having a few strokes over the last couple months. (update: see more on celebrities rolling the dice on unproven stem cells here). I am highly skeptical of this holiday miracle stem cell story and very disappointed in the media for essentially swallowing the PR (most often verbatim) without giving it more thought. How about doing investigative reporting …Read More
With a new document released today the FDA is more clearly on a path to regulate dubious stem cell clinics in the US. Update: in the years since this post, the FDA has more concretely defined autologous adipose stem cells as drug products. There are more than 100 such American clinics that are selling stem cell “treatments” to patients and almost all of them use non-FDA approved stem cell products isolated from fat tissue. The clinics have argued that they do not need FDA …Read More
It’s been many months since I last asked, so for one last time in 2014, here’s a poll on your views of STAP stem cells. What do you think? You can vote once per day. I am going to follow up with a couple different STAP-related polls this week, but this is the last one of 2014 on the actual STAP cells.