Reviews

Review of cord banker Viacord: dubious autism claims & other concerns

Viacord is one of the most well known firms in the for-profit cord blood banking industry. Today’s post is a review of the firm. I see concrete reasons for concern. What is Viacord? | Dubious autism claims | Viacord cost | Overall Review | References What is Viacord? As a cord blood banking firm, Viacord freezes …

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Cryo Cell reviews: dubious cord cell clinic plans, risks, other issues

Cryo Cell, Cryo-Cell

In today’s post I review the cord blood firm Cryo Cell International and discuss specific concerns I have about it. A major issue is their plan to open a clinic selling unproven cord cell infusions to kids. I believe this is risky both for the firm and more importantly for the children. What is Cryo …

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A close look at new stem cells for COVID trial pub

stem cells for covid 19 kim knoepfler 2021

I’ve been following the stem cells for COVID arena for more than two years. During this time researchers have launched scores of trials. A few have been published including a new one. It’s been a wild ride that at times has included politics and an odd cast of characters. There was Rick Perry and also Rudy Guiliani getting …

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Giostar stem cell clinic chain review, red flags, & lawsuit

Giostar

Some unproven stem cell clinics like one called Giostar have multiple locations sprouting up. To me the concern with that spreading is the potential of multiplying risks to consumers. It can be hard to get a clear take on what these clinics are doing too. What’s in this article What is Giostar? | Giostar review | …

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Therapeutic misconception & the planned Duke Cryo-Cell cord clinic

Duke Cryo-Cell therapeutic misconception

One of the core problems in the world of unproven stem cell clinics is something called therapeutic misconception. I’ll talk more about that in a minute, but first, let me tell you what brought this to mind now. Surprisingly, the story starts at Duke University. A Duke cell therapy team and the biotech Cryo-Cell have big …

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Fact-checking Regenexx: reviews, data, & cost

Map of Regenexx stem cell locations. Screenshot of map from company website.

Stem cell clinic firms often come and go rather quickly, but a few like Regenexx have persisted and even become a brand name. I’ve been writing here on The Niche for more than eleven years about stem cell clinics. Regenexx has been around that whole time. Along with its founder Dr. Chris Centeno. Patients have …

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Review of Bioinformant, unproven stem cell clinic promotion, NIH & Pfizer as clients?

Bioinformant stem cell t-shirt

A few years ago a promotional website called Bioinformant popped up in the stem cell arena. It’s very different in some ways than most other stem cell-related websites that I’ve seen. It’s a marketing and promotion site. What’s the backstory? I believe there’s reason for concern here specifically related to Bioinformant promoting unproven stem cell …

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Review of clinic exposé film From Jail Cell to Stem Cell

Erin-Elizabeth

Stem cell clinics and suppliers have been getting into the business of making promotional films to generate more revenue, but now there’s something very different in the cinematic stem cell arena called From Jail Cell to Stem Cell by filmmaker Doug Orchard. It is at its heart an exposé film about some in my view particularly concerning stem …

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Duke Autism Center trial: no benefit of cord blood for autism

Cord-blood-autism, Cryo Cell

A solid new, blinded placebo-controlled Phase II study from the Duke Autism Center clearly shows no benefit of cord blood for autism. Surprisingly, the team has said they are encouraged by the results. As a result, they apparently will continue this kind of work anyway despite their data. In contrast, I see the data as a …

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Bad Batch podcast is must listen for stem cell community

Bad-Batch-Podcast

I’m relatively new to podcasts, but am enjoying a new stem cell-focused one called Bad Batch by medical journalist Laura Beil, which I’ve been listening to in the car as I commute. I just finished episode three. I’m curious to hear how the next few episodes of the story unfold. I talked and emailed with …

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