There are now so many clinics selling non-FDA approved stem cell offerings across the U.S. that tens or hundreds of thousands of patients are at risk. How did we get here? What if we had a way of understanding how stem cell clinics spread across the U.S. in the first place? For example, an animated map showing the spread of stem cell clinics selling non-FDA approved “treatments” across the U.S. would be useful. With publication of our new paper, the recent work of Leigh Turner …Read More
By Samantha Yammine When our TV stops working, it’s usually because one of the wires has come unplugged. We begrudgingly huff and puff over to the back of the TV, track down the loose culprit, plug it back in, and boom: back to Netflix. If you multiply all those wires in the back of your TV by several billion, that will approximate what the wiring in your central nervous system is like. Your eyes, brain and spinal cord are made up of different types …Read More
Now that in the past few months the FDA has issued stern statements (one this summer and more recently), both final and draft guidances, and at least one warning letter, what comes next? What will the clinics do if anything moving forward? What if anything will the FDA do in terms of actual concrete actions? Please take our polls below. Regarding potential FDA actions, I’ve just used the word “letters” in the poll since the FDA can issue impactful letters that are either untitled …Read More
OK, it’s been a long week of science so time for some fun: a caption contest. I took the below wacky picture at a place here in California because I was struck by how odd this situation looks. I think it deserves some clever caption. What is the best or funniest possible caption?