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Fat & amniotic stem cell clinic Nervana opens in Sacramento

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I was eating my Sunday breakfast and reading the SacBee, when a full-page ad for a stem cell clinic jumped out at me. I dropped my toast onto the plate and grabbed my iPhone to take a picture. The ad is for Nervana Stem Cell Centers in Sacramento. A little research on their website revealed …

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Perspectives on Planned Parenthood Fetal Tissue Video

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You probably have heard by now about the controversial video (below) showing the senior director of medical services of Planned Parenthood, Deborah Nucatola, discussing the procurement and distribution of fetal tissues from abortions for research. The film was taken secretly using a hidden camera by anti-abortion activists who concealed their real identities. It was edited …

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Do Patients Have a Fundamental Right to Choice?

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What is the “proper” amount of freedom of choice for patients in medicine? What if the treatments in question are experimental and come with their own baggage of associated risks, personal costs, and potential costs to society? More broadly, do patients have a fundamental right to medical choice? These questions seem particularly appropriate today on …

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Ad In Bathroom Stall: Your Stool Needed as Life-Saving Tool

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When you go into the bathroom, you might expect to see graffiti on the wall, right? I recently saw something very different that left me surprised. Around Sacramento a new kind of “writing on the wall” is showing up in some bathrooms in the form of essentially a paper advertisement taped to the stall wall …

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Stem Cell Book

Looking for a stem cell book that is clear and tells the real story of stem cells? Take a look at my book, Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide. It is a broad look at the exciting stem cell field, warts and all. I’ve written about the types of stem cells, what goes on in research labs studying these …

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Duke Launches Large, Debated Stem Cells for Autism Trial

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Is there real promise of stem cells for autism? At this point the jury remains out on that question, but a growing number of kids are nonetheless getting such “treatments” at for-profit dubious clinics. Academic clinical researchers are interested in this area as well. Still, the potential use of stem cells to treat autism is …

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TGIF stem cells on the brain: what’s on your mind?

I’ve always got stem cells on the brain. What’s on your mind about stem cells? There’s a ton going on so what specifically has got your attention? What are you thinking about? What has you excited? Depressed? Angry? Hopeful? Headlines from the last few weeks: Nuclear transfer ES cells compared to iPS cells Trounson moves …

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Conan O’Brien Makes Stem Cell Joke on Test Tube Burger

On his show, Conan O’Brien on Monday (7/29/13) made a stem cell joke, perhaps without even realizing it. The joke was reprinted in the SacBee this morning (see image at right). The joke is based on the recent development of a synthetic hamburger made from stem cells in a lab (you can read more here). …

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Founder of RNL Bio, Korean Stem Cell Company being sued for fraud, the next Bill Gates or Warren Buffet?

The founder of Korean stem cell corporation, RNL Bio, Dr. Jeong-Chan Ra, may be most well-known in the U.S. for his association with Texas Stem Cell Clinic, Celltex, which gave Guv Rick Perry his stem cell transplant. RNL Bio is also the first major company to be sued in U.S. federal court for fraud over …

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Stem cell frauds Morales and Stowe plead guilty to federal charges: who’s next?

Francisco Morales and Lawrence Stowe, have pleaded guilty to federal charges related to dubious stem cell treatments. The pair pled guilty to conspiracy charges related to introducing “misbranded and unapproved new drugs into interstate commerce”. The drugs in question? Stem cells. Patrick J. Holland of the FDA said “the FDA is committed to investigating those …

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