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January 16, 2021
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Top 10 list of important, easy to understand facts for patients about stem cell treatments For better or worse, I am in the unique position of being a stem cell scientist and also a patient. Looking on the bright side this gives me a unique perspective on things. I know there are thousands of people out there looking for more practical information about stem cell therapies and treatments. These folks understandably are using the Internet to look for some clear, good info on stem cell treatments either for themselves or their loved ones. Too often the info that is out there is either wrong, misleading, or overly complex. So in this post I want to address this need speaking as a scientist, patient advocate and cancer survivor in the form of 10 key facts to help you guide your way through the jungle of stuff out there about stem cells. 1) Stem cells are essentially a type of drug or biological and possibly permanent in nature. Yeah, they are extremely unusual drugs, but they are drugs. The FDA considers them drugs. Unlike other drugs, once a patient receives a stem cell drug, it will not necessarily simply go…
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This U.S. database includes international trials. It is awesome! Check it out here to do your own searches. Also follow me on Twitter for all the latest info and expert analysis! http://twitter.com/pknoepfler I’ve also done some of the work for you and have links to stem cell clinic trial listings below for specific diseases. Click away! Aging ALS Alzheimer’s Arthritis Autism Back pain Blindness/Vision Impairment Brain Injury Cancer (may be better off searching by individual cancer type (e.g. search for “stem cells AND breast cancer”) Cerebral Palsy Diabetes (both Types 1 and 2) Infertility Heart Attack Heart Failure HIV Huntington’s Disease Kidney Disease Liver Disease Lupus MS Parkinson’s Disease Spine injury or disease Stroke Note, I’m not endorsing any one specific clinical trial, but I think this is an important resource for patients. Paul
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Stem cells in your language
I’ve been working on an outreach program I call the Knoepfler Lab Stem Cell Outreach Program for Education (SCOPE). The idea behind SCOPE is to make available on the Internet a basic page of facts about stem cells in as many languages as possible. Our motto could be articulated as “Not lost in translation!” Stem cells are a topic that concerns the people of the world, not just certain countries or certain people speaking only in certain languages. SCOPE has been a big hit and as the number of languages has grown, the number of page views of my white paper “What are stem cells?” in languages besides English has skyrocketed. For example, our page in Spanish has received about 1,000 views, while the pages in Chinese and Japanese are not far behind. We are getting readers from all over the world who appreciate reading about stem cells in their own languages. We now have the stem cell white paper in the following 19 languages (listed alphabetically with links in each specific language). Chinese. 什麼是幹細胞？ English. What are stem cells? Farsi. سلولهای بنیادی چه هستند؟ French Qu’appelle-t-on cellules souches? Hebrew מהם תאי גזע? Hindi. स्टेम सेल क्या हैं? Italian. Cosa sono le cellule staminali? Irish…
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