stem cell clinical trials

Stem cell cha-ching! CIRM has economic impact in billions, 56K+ jobs

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We here in California have been fortunate to have our own stem cell and regenerative medicine agency called CIRM, standing for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. How much has CIRM helped the California economy and has it had broader economic impacts outside of California? How will that impact its future? CIRM has been around …

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FDA outlines potential crackdown on Clinicaltrials.gov offenders

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Clinicaltrials.gov is a wonderful resource for its many users, whether a patient searching for a clinical trial to actually participate in or someone doing research as I have done, but it’s not perfect and some sponsors have been breaking the rules regarding its use. It’s a major problem in fact. Based on new draft guidance …

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Navigating 4 key kinds of stem cell studies

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Over the years and in particular after Dr. Oz’s show a couple weeks ago, I’ve heard from many patients who are absolutely convinced that stem cell therapies do in fact work and are safe. They have been focused particularly on hematopoietic stem cell therapy (HSCT) for MS but also other investigational applications using a variety of stem …

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Stem cell checkup: how are my 2016 predictions doing half way?

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Each December I make stem cell predictions for the coming year and I did that for 2016 where I made 20 predictions. At around mid year I do a checkup on how my predictions are doing halfway and that is the purpose of this post. Below are my predictions that I made in 2015 for stem …

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Do for-profit stem cell studies have inherent potential biases?

There’s been an interesting and diverse discussion going on here on this blog lately related to some stem cell translational things including a stem cell clinic operating in Sacramento (see 50+ comments on that post) and then more recently on a new paper from the Centeno clinic. [email protected] Did most (or all) participants in this study pay …

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Stem cells on Mother’s Day, clinical trials, and more

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One of the many interesting ways in which “stem cells” are named in different languages around the world is “mother cells”. For example, in Spanish, you can learn more about these “mother cells” here in ¿Qué son las células madre? On Mother’s Day it is worth thinking about where the stem cell field stands at this …

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Maps of global stem cell clinical trial trends

Late in 2012 I did a piece on the global trends in stem cell clinical trial patterns. It is time for an update. Another look at stem cell clinical trials now (late Sept. 2013) based on the clinicaltrials.gov database shows an encouraging trend. Total Stem Cell Clinical Trials The total number of stem cell clinical …

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Lessons from patients: stem cell clinical trials unlikely option for most patients

This is the first in a new series of posts I’m doing in lessons I’ve learned from the ever-increasing number of patients who contact me directly or are readers of this blog who make great comments. Today’s post is focused on the lack of availability of and exclusions of the vast majority of patients from …

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