stem cell clinics

Muddier stem cell waters: Stemedica teams up with UCSD doc?

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Stemedica announced it is teaming up with UC San Diego (UCSD) to do stem cell research. This fits with an increasing trend in the stem cell arena is the teaming up of clinical partners with very different backgrounds and priorities. For instance, academic institutions are more often working together with for-profit stem cell clinics. Another branch …

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Dilemmas When Patients Ponder Cowboy Stem Cell Clinics

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What should the stem cell field try to do about cowboy stem cell clinics? By this term I mean those that don’t follow the rules. They shoot stem cells into customers first and ask questions later. I’ve interacted with many patients over the years who are interested in stem cells. This interaction is growing much …

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10 ways non-compliant stem cell clinic docs jeopardize their careers

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Over the years I’ve often written about how unlicensed stem cell clinics and their physicians are putting patients at risk. In most if not all cases they are doing this simply for their own personal monetary gain. I do think that some of them truly believe they are helping patients, but still that doesn’t excuse …

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New stem cell clinic ‘National Institutes for Regenerative Medicine’ has NIH-like name, cites UCSD affiliation

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Some American stem cell clinics that operate without FDA approval can give the appearance of being in the mainstream of academic stem cell research. Sometimes they go a step further to hint at or even say that they have some kind of federal approval as we saw in the past with the Stem.md website. Why …

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Stem cell clinics, FDA, & giant, unapproved for-profit human experiments

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When I started blogging in 2010 the stem cell arena was a very different place including the fact I could count the number of US stem cell clinics on one hand. This blog, called The Niche for many years, was just “Knoepfler Stem Cell Blog” back then. Also, back then the hot topic was the …

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Response from Stemedica on Stem Cell Treatment of Howe

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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 …

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Claims of Stem Cell Cures by Clinic Chain, Stem MD

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One of the most concerning new trends in the stem cell arena is the explosive growth of chains of for-profit stem cell clinics in the US including Stem MD. This kind of franchising of stem cell for-profit operations deeply concerns me in terms of its potential risks to increasing numbers of patients and to the …

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Saga of Texas Stem Cell Clinic Celltex Continues

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Remember the Texas stem cell clinic Celltex, most famous for treating Texas Governor Rick Perry? Celltex had a busy few years, but has been relatively under the radar for most of 2013. Does that mean it’s gone? Hardly. Their saga became more serious when the FDA sent it a warning letter that was predicted by this …

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World Stem Cell Summit Panel on Non-Compliant Stem Cells

I just participated in a panel discussion at the World Stem Cell Summit moderated by Lee Buckler on what patients should be thinking about as they contemplate non-compliant stem cell interventions. Also on the panel was Dr. Allan Wu. Both Lee and Al are exceptional members of the stem cell community so it was fantastic …

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