July 9, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

stem cell facelift

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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 spread in the body and potentially integrate. One of the striking things in the commercial stem cell arena in 2016 was the emergence of patient lawsuits against stem cell …Read More

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Hundreds or even thousands of patients are getting stem cell procedures including right here in the U.S. Many key issues remain unresolved, but clinics and doctors are giving these treatments anyway to make money. Critical issues include lack of proper informed consent, lack of strong data on risks and benefits, huge costs, and so forth. One of the most common procedures now is the use of stem cells for the so-called “facelift” cosmetic procedures. We heard in the last World Stem Cell Summit from …Read More

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So far in my series of eight simple reasons not to get an unlicensed stem cell treatment I’ve covered three compelling reasons: potential loss of insurance coverage for negative outcomes that could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, failure of patient follow up by the doctors and clinics, and exclusion from future clinical trial participation. Today in my fourth segment I’m covering something that while very simple, seems to fly under the radar of most patients getting unlicensed stem cell treatments: undesired tissue growth. …Read More