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Probing F1 legend Michael Schumacher stem cell juice story

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What’s the deal with Michael Schumacher and his Hail Mary stem cell procedure. Usually when we hear about celebrities getting unproven stem cells, it’s the celebrity themselves or their PR machine hyping it in exchange for something like free treatments or even money from those offering the stem cells for sale, but in the past …

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Fallout of big court loss for stem cell clinic whose leader tweeted conspiracy claim

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As I broke the news yesterday, the high-profile fat stem cell clinic firm U.S. Stem Cell (USRM) just lost a groundbreaking court case. Here is the FDA’s official reaction today to the court ruling. Also, since the ruling major media have been covering the court ruling. Here are some examples: From the Washington Post from …

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4 possible roles for stem cell therapy besides cell replacement

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Historically, the main route of proposed healing via stem cell therapy was cell replacement. In this way of thinking the transplanted cells engrafted (took up home) in the patient’s tissue and replaced dead or diseased cells. However, interest continues to grow in other possible modes of healing by stem cells that don’t rely on cell …

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As exosome work advances, clinics pitch unproven therapies to patients

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Time to sell exosome therapies to patients? No. Some stem cell clinics and related firms are looking for new ways to make profits and toward that goal a few have latched onto the legitimate buzz around exosome research. What are exosomes? Imagine if you could bubble up a pea-sized sphere off your skin full of …

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Aging: can we grow new brain cells as adults?

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Can we humans grow healthy new brain cells as adults and during later aging? The answer to this question is a big deal because it could have major impact on aging. Those hoped-for new brain cells could keep our brains functionally younger. Who doesn’t want to slow down the aging of their brain, right? Slowing …

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3 Ways Stem Cells Theoretically May Help John McCain Beat Brain Tumor

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I was really sad when I heard about John McCain’s diagnosis with a glioblastoma, a particularly nasty type of brain tumor that we study in my lab when it shows up in children. My own battle with prostate cancer starting almost 8 years ago might have sensitized me to this news even though I’m in …

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10 provocative stem cell questions: what are your answers?

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There’s always debate about stem cells and regenerative medicine, right? There are very strong opinions in our field. Here is a list of 10 current, provocative questions. I have my own ideas about the answers to these. Weigh in with comments with your answers. I’m going to do a follow up post with some discussion of the …

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Stem cell exosomes explode on the translational research scene

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What are stem cell exosomes? There’s been an explosion of interest in the biomedical world around a recently characterized cell-to-cell communication system that most cells use to talk to one another, including stem cells. In fact the first patient has been successfully treated in Germany with exosomes derived from mesenchymal stem cells for refractory graft …

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