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Medical Board of California is slowly failing on stem cell clinic problem

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The Medical Board of California has been aware of the unproven stem cell clinic problem here for many years, but in my view the Board isn’t helping the problem in a real, meaningful way. It may actually be becoming part of the problem through inaction and lack of cooperation with other agencies. If by the …

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What is PRP injection & is it worth it? Data suggest no benefit

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What is platelet-rich plasma or PRP and is it worth trying? I’m continuing my patient Q&A series of posts and today is questions & answers post #3, which is on PRP. The goal of today’s post is to fact-check based on the scientific literature and educate readers. You can read Q&A #1 on the potential …

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What are stem cells in Arabic: ماهي الخلايا الجذعية؟

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This post in Arabic on “خلايا جذعية”  entitled”ماهي الخلايا الجذعية؟” has been updated in 2020, and is part of our SCOPE stem cells not lost in translation project. You can learn more about the educational outreach project and read the other 33 languages there at that link. ماهي الخلايا الجذعية؟ يتكون جسم الإنسان من العديد …

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“Not lost in translation” stem cell outreach project caps 2 million reads

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Many years ago I started a “not lost in translation” outreach project here on The Niche called SCOPE, meaning Stem Cell Outreach Program for Education. I thought it’d be useful for people all around the world who didn’t necessarily speak English to be able to get authoritative, factual data on stem cells. That was about …

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Patients stem cell Q&A#1: can clinic injections cause GVHD?

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People ask me questions about stem cells all the time so I decide to do a new blog series answering your questions. Today’s post is  the first in this new stem cell Q&A series. Past series have included my Elephant in the Lab series that provides some insights into the craziness that sometimes goes on …

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Computer cookies gone wild, your privacy, & an ‘off’ experiment

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When I think of cookies, I first think of chocolate chip, peanut butter, or macaroons, but an arguably more important kind these days is the type of thing that websites implant on your computer sometimes to monitor your web activities. Not delicious. I did a little experiment inspired by the New York Times Privacy Project. …

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Unnatural Selection review: captivating mind-bender but needed more science

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Today’s post is a review of Unnatural Selection, the new Netflix science docuseries focused on CRISPR and other disruptive genetic and reproductive technologies. The show is an interesting mix of personalities and stories from patients, scientists, biohackers, and more. One patient thread is the story of a wonderful little boy named Jackson Kennedy. He wants …

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How much is stem cell therapy? 2019 cost poll results

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After almost a decade blogging about stem cells from just about every angle, it’s interesting to consider trends in the types of questions I get asked such as this much more common one now as compared to 2010: How much is stem cell therapy? What does a patient pay on average for stem cells in …

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