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Who IS this!? Surprising phone survey of stem cell clinics on their COVID-19 pandemic status

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It’s not every day that I call a bunch of stem cell clinics to say “hi”, but yesterday I called some of them during a needed lunch break from grant writing to see what they were doing about their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The impetus for this survey of a sort was a question …

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Congress pushes FDA on stem cell clinic mess in new letter

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It can be kind of a big deal when politicians, especially at the federal level, write the FDA about stem cells. Is this going to be good news or bad? Some combination? I tend to worry that some senators or representatives might pressure the FDA to weaken oversight. However, lately it seems like the opposite …

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Scott Gottlieb leaving FDA: possible reasons, impact on stem cell field, & more

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Maybe the announcement that Commissioner Scott Gottlieb will be leaving the FDA soon shouldn’t have caught us all off-guard, but it did. Gottlieb isn’t a perfect Commissioner, but he brought a sensible, open approach to running the FDA that was very refreshing. Amongst all the top leadership in the Trump administration, Scott Gottlieb stood out …

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FDA under Scott Gottlieb goes large on stem cell clinics with crackdown likely

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The US has been bursting at the seams with unproven stem cell clinics for years, which in my view necessitates some kind of bold action by the FDA and other governmental agencies so I’ve wondered what new FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb would do on this front. The lead up to and beginning of a …

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Upside down, sometimes wacky fine print on stem cell clinic sites

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Scrolling through a stem cell clinic website can be a surreal experience. Going from the top of the page to the bottom can leave one feeling turned upside down. I wonder what the FTC thinks when they see these sites? Usually at the top of the webpage for many unproven stem cell clinics are big …

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Mapping & driving the stem cell ecosystem: key points of my new paper

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When you think of an ecosystem, do you imagine something like a forest or jungle full of different organisms? I usually do, but over the last few years I’ve also been thinking about this concept in a different way. I’ve been viewing the broad stem cell arena as an ecosystem. In that spirit, I’ve recently …

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Highlights of Science Writers DC Stem Cell Panel with FDA’s Peter Marks

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I’m enjoying attending and speaking at the annual Science Writers 2018 meeting in D.C. where I spoke this morning on a panel about stem cells. The session was specifically on the Wild West of stem cells. You can follow the meeting events on Twitter with the #sciwri18 hashtag. I had three wonderful fellow panelists, Marilynn Marchione of …

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Attorney Jaffe, fan of less oversight, still clobbers Florida stem cell clinic firm

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Attorney Richard Jaffe, who has been an advocate for clinics to have the right to sell and patient to buy unproven therapies such as the stem cells sold by clinics and unproven cancer therapies, just did a kind of shocking u-turn on a specific point. Jaffe and I have very different philosophical views of the …

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Law firm blasts stem cell clinics in new ‘3 shocking facts’ video

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I’m becoming increasing convinced that patient suits against stem cell clinics are going to have strong impact, including based on the new steps taken by a particular law firm. For background, I’ve written extensively about these suits over the years and we’ve seen more recently that another academic group (Claire Horner, Evelyn Tenenbaum, Douglas Sipp, Zubin …

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Bigger picture study casts big doubts on stem cells for knee arthritis today

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One of the most common claims made by unproven, for-profit stem cell clinics is that the stem cells they are selling can help knee arthritis and associated pain, but what is the evidence to back this up? There are many problems with the claims of stem cells for arthritis being made across the U.S. In …

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