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Fact-check of stem cell therapy for pain & neuropathy

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Does it make any sense medically or scientifically to use stem cell therapy for pain or neuropathy? There isn’t much solid evidence that this is a good way to go. However, there’s a vast scope of research ongoing in this area. Stem cell clinics have been earning millions of dollars each year selling this idea …

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Trying to connect the dots on CRISPR baby story paints a dark, cloudy picture

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When I was a little kid I played this game called “connect the dots” or “dot-to-dot”, where you draw a line from dot-to-dot in numerical order and at some point a picture starts to emerge. I think kids and even some adults still play this today. They even come in extreme versions with hundreds or …

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Arthritis patient with pain’s email on stem cell clinic & my answer

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Stem cells for arthritis and pain are hot topics these days and I’m getting an increasing number of patients reaching out with questions and sharing their situations related to arthritis or pain (or usually both together). I asked one arthritis patient who reached out to me if they would be OK with me sharing their …

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The opioid crisis, pain, stem cells, & FDA

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Last year I started seeing stem cells mentioned along with the opioid crisis in a particular way, but now recently I saw an entirely different pairing of stem cells with the opioid crisis. The first connection I saw was of a few for-profit, unproven clinic firms claiming that for pain sufferers it would be better …

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Pain in a dish? Drug testing bench to bedside with IPS cells

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A new study on treating pain with a unique stem cell connection caught my attention. The paper was from a team at Pfizer led by Edward B. Stevens. Talk about bench to bedside, these researchers went all the way from patients to patient somatic cells to reprogrammed IPSC to neurons to model pain in a dish …

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NIH grant process is painful on many levels according to poll respondents

I started a poll on what PIs dislike most about the NIH grant process. Why did I even do such a poll? I’ve been a professor for 6 years now and even in just a half a dozen years it’s clear that the grant process has become more and more painful. The poll results suggest …

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MO Rep Patricia Derges already indicted for alleged stem cell scheme, now sued by patient

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The news just keeps getting worse for Missouri state lawmaker Patricia Derges, who was indicted last year by the feds for an alleged stem cell scheme. She is now also being sued by a former patient. Derges, who is not a physician but rather an assistant physician, was providing supposed stem cell or related biological …

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What is Matrigel, why a shortage, & alternatives?

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Stem cell research relies on some unusual reagents at times including a cell culture product called Matrigel. One of the challenges with such reagents is that if they suddenly are back-ordered it could bring some research to a halt. Matrigel has been in short supply for the last year or so. These products also tend …

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Weekly reads: CAR-T cell good news, Califf fight, stem cells on lymph

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Not everything in biomedical science is a ground-breaking discovery or clinical game-changer, but CAR-T cell technology is a combination of both. CAR-T cell good news We have such good news in this new pub on long-term benefits: Decade-long leukaemia remissions with persistence of CD4+ CAR T cells, Nature. Another recent CAR-T cell article, this one in Science, …

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