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Liveyon is back (again) with unproven exosome product

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Remember our old friends Liveyon? Their leader John Kosolcharoen? Liveyon’s continuing metamorphosis This biologics supply firm has gone through several stages of corporate metamorphosis as a supplier of biologics including at first a purported living umbilical cord stem cell product. That stem cell thrust ultimately landed a dozen or more people in the hospital as …

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Stem cell snake oil for sale at Nordstrom, Amazon, & Ebay?

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What is stem cell snake oil? Stem cells are exotic things ensconced away in biomedical research labs, right? Well, maybe not entirely so these days. It turns out that you can try to sell products for a lot of money by slapping “stem cells” on the label including cosmetics. Take Nordstrom’s. It has 80 stem …

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Stemage Stem Cell Anti-Aging Cream 2.0: Interview with Dr. David Scharp

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Remember Stemage? They are the cosmetic company with Kathy Ireland as their spokesperson whose anti-aging cream includes extracts from human stem cells. In Part 1 of this blog series on Stemage I gave some key background and raised some important questions. I also sent some questions to the company and now more recently to the …

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Stem cells to cure baldness: how would that work & when?

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Today, I would say not a single stem cell-based treatment for baldness being sold out there claiming it works seems promising and legit. (Update: see this 2019 piece on where things stand on stem cells for hair loss.) Sad, huh? Is there reason for hope for stem cells helping hair loss? But there is reason …

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Kim Kardashian vampire facials: stem cells in there?

Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian are reportedly getting so-called vampire facials. Why put yourself through that? Perhaps because stem cells and other material inside the processed blood is supposed to make them younger? Yes, that is Kim above (photo from Kim Kardashian on Instagram) with her face smeared with blood, but not just ordinary Kardashian …

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L’Oreal Lancome gets hammered by FDA, why kid gloves for clinics?

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Stem cell cosmetics is an exploding area ranging from facial creams (e.g. from L’Oreal and its Lancome) to face lifts to boob jobs to baldness treatments (see two key posts here and here for background and great stories). The stem cell cosmetics field has not been held back by issues such as the fact that …

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Dr Lookgood, dermatologist to the stars, gets FDA warning letter

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If you ever had a really bad day, March 13, 2012 might have been just such a bad day for one Dr. Steven Victor, aka “Dr LookGood”, because he received an official warning letter from the FDA. Why? Dr. Victor, who reportedly greets each patient with the catch phrase “You look so much more beautiful than your picture”, is …

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From boobs to baldness 2.0: Cosmetic stem cell clinics proliferate

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A month ago I did a very widely read piece on cosmetic applications of stem cell technologies in the U.S. called “from boobs to baldness”. Many cosmetics websites asked for permission to run the piece and it was re-run in a number of languages around the world as well. It is clear there is big …

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