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Risky Pro-Stem Cell Clinic Bills Still Alive in Texas Legislature

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The Texas Legislature is considering three risky bills that would give free rein to stem cell clinics to profit big time off of patients by selling unproven and unapproved “stem cell treatments” that have little if any science behind them. I call one of these bills “Right to Profit” for clinics, which if these became …

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3 Dangerous Texas Bills Would Boost Stem Cell Clinics

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The Calexit and Texit state secession campaigns for California and Texas to leave the union, which are linked to Russian President Putin, are never going to be successful. However, if some Texas lawmakers and stem cell clinics there have their way, Texas would take a big step away from the rest of us on the stem cell …

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Clinics can’t retract stem cell treatments gone bad

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You can stop taking a pill or an injection treatment, but you can’t stop or retract stem cell treatments if there’s a bad side effect. Unlike other kinds of medicines, once stem cells have been transplanted into patients, if something goes wrong you cannot stop the ‘treatment’. There’s no retraction possible because transplanted stem cells …

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Guide to September 12-13 FDA Stem Cell Meeting

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The FDA is holding a 2-day stem cell meeting starting tomorrow and it promises to be a really big deal. What’s the scoop on this meeting and the attendees? Who is likely to say what? If the deregulatory proponents get their way, could we have stem cell clinics like Starbucks popping up in even more neighborhoods? I have …

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Stem cells run amok: Jill Howlin’s satirical cartoon look

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Jill Howlin’s drawings about science and policy have a unique, edgy style that packs a punch. I have invited her to weigh in here now and then with new illustrations that touch upon stem cell or other innovative biomedical matters. Jill’s new drawing today relates to some key stem cell issues such as clinical safety, choice of stem cells, homologous …

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You want sauerkraut on those stem cells? Defining the term “unlicensed” stem cell clinic

It may come as an annoyance or surprise to some folks in the non-compliant stem cell clinic world that there are laws, rules, and licensing involved in giving stem cell transplants to patients. (To be clear here, this post is focused on clinics transplanting propagated stem cell drug therapies that the FDA views as more …

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Cartoon on the future of stem cell deregulation

With growing pressure, including political pressure on the FDA, to deregulate the point-of-care, for profit stem cell clinic industry, one can only imagine a future in which deregulation has taken its natural course…..that’s what I’ve done in the political cartoon above. A “double shot” takes on a whole new meaning.