November 30, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Arnold Caplan

5 min read

Washington Post reporters William Wan and Laurie McGinley have a new piece on the unproven regenerative clinic firm the Lung Health Institute. This article has a number of surprises and new insights. Previously the Lung Health Institute was called just the Lung Institute. It was recently acquired by the publicly-traded company H-CYTE, stock symbol HCYT. In the past they marketed stem cells for various pulmonary diseases included COPD. Now it appears they are primarily marketing a form of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which the company claims in …Read More

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Sometimes when I talk about possible placebo effects with fans of stem cell clinics I feel like placebo becomes akin to a bad word in the discussion. However, any kind of medical procedure can cause placebo effects in people. We’re all susceptible to it. I believe that many perceived positive outcomes at stem cell clinics are really placebo effects. Why? For one thing, many patients have told me about a phenomenon I’ll call “the fade”. Stem cell clinics themselves know exactly what I mean …Read More

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The voting on the 20 nominees for Stem Cell Person of the Year finished at midnight last night. After more than 1,000 votes, we have the top 10 finalists. These ten are some of the most remarkable people in the world of stem cells today. They have all had great impact, but in very diverse ways. They run the spectrum from patient advocates to the President of CIRM to a host of top stem cell researchers. Patient advocates Ted Harada and Judy Roberson have the …Read More

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Vote on your pick for the top stem cell outside the box thinker and positive impactor in 2016 from the 20 choices below. The top 10 vote getters will be finalists from which I will have the tough task of picking the one winner as Stem Cell Person of the Year along with the $2,000 prize and recognition. You can vote once per day. The voting closes in 10 days on December 15th at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Read more about the 20 nominees here.