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Listen to Leigh Turner’s interview on Science Friday on our stem cell clinic paper

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You can listen to my co-author Leigh Turner’s interview on Science Friday here about our Cell Stem Cell paper on the stem cell clinic industry in the U.S. Start listening around the 8:30 mark. It’s great that this paper has so strongly raised awareness about the booming stem cell clinic industry in America as well …

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Celltex letters to the FDA revealed by FOIA: first is reaction to Leigh Turner

Celltex is still in the mix with the FDA and who knows how that will turn out. Several documents were revealed via FOIA that provide insight into the goings on at Celltex since 2012. Two documents are letters from Celltex to the FDA dated April 27, 2012 and May 18, 2012, while a third is a …

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Leigh Turner Reports Company Precision StemCell To FDA citing numerous concerns including treatment of a minor

What is up with the stem cell company, Precision StemCell, these days? I can’t imagine they are exactly celebrating after having been reported to the FDA. They also have apparently moved operations from the US to Colombia at some point recently. What’s the deal here? First, a little background is helpful. In 2012, University of …

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Celltex versus University of Minnesota: support for Elliott and Turner

Recently, there has been a brewing controversy surrounding a journal called American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB), a company called CellTex, a bioethicist named Dr. Glenn McGee who founded and used to run AJOB until he recently resigned, and two University of Minnesota professors, Drs. Carl Elliott and Leigh Turner who have been publicly critical of …

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Fact-checking stem cell therapy for autism: still a risky idea

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The other day I gave a talk in part about stem cell hype and mentioned as an example how the idea of already doing stem cell therapy for autism seems so misguided to me now.  On the whole, in my view there are major downsides and risks for autistic kids whose parents are already having …

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New data on stem cell clinics, INDs, & more including from FDA itself

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The International Society for Cell & Gene Therapy or ISCT held a really interesting webinar yesterday on the FDA and unproven stem cell clinics. It was focused on the expiration of the FDA’s discretionary period on unproven stem cell clinics. What will the FDA do now? The webinar included some ideas and also quite a …

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Duke & Cryo-Cell plan big stem cell clinic for kids for unproven infusions

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Duke Professor Joanne Kurtzberg’s clinical work on umbilical cord blood for autism and cerebral palsy (CP) involves a partnership with a publicly-traded cord blood banking firm called Cryo-Cell. Kurtzberg is also the Medical Director at the firm. In addition they have intellectual property in this area. The Duke team’s efforts, including those done outside of …

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Cord conflicts at the journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine

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The journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine has a long track record of publishing great work. I also have a lot of respect for the editors there and I’ve published there myself. But a few recent events have sparked concerns including over possible undisclosed conflicts of interest in some papers there about cord blood for autism. …

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Fact-check of stem cell therapy for pain & neuropathy

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Does it make any sense medically or scientifically to use stem cell therapy for pain or neuropathy? There isn’t much solid evidence that this is a good way to go. However, there’s a vast scope of research ongoing in this area. Stem cell clinics have been earning millions of dollars each year selling this idea …

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FDA to end ‘grace period’ on stem cell clinics: agency should ‘go big’ on continued offenders

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Stem cell clinics violating federal regulations have been a major problem for the FDA. Next month the FDA faces a historic moment on this problem. A grace period for clinics to become FDA compliant ends in May. Even so, it appears that hundreds of clinics will remain non-compliant after that. Some of the worst clinics …

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