November 27, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

stem cell patients

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I’m continuing my stem cell patient Q&A series and today’s Q&A#2 post is focused on whether autoimmune patients generally or specifically those who have received chemo and hematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCT) are at higher risk from COVID-19? Multiple patients have asked me this. It’s a great question and obviously urgent right now during the outbreak. BTW, You can read patient Q&A#1 from this Q&A series on the potential for stem cell clinics to put patients at risk of graft-vs-host disease via stem cell …Read More

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Over the years I’ve asked patients to talk about their experiences getting a stem cell therapy of one kind or another. One particular post in 2016 has drawn almost 400 comments, many from patients. The insights provided by these patients and the questions asked in the comment stream have provided a unique window into what’s going on out there. There is a remarkable diversity of readers on this blog from all over the world. I know we have a lot of readers who are …Read More

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Lately on average patients or patient relatives contact me about stem cells more than once a week. That’s about 50 times a year. The patients or their parents have questions about stem cells most often. Sometimes they have comments about this blog. Other times they ask for medical advice from me. Because I am a Ph.D. scientist  I do not ever give medical advice, but I often have fruitful discussions with patients about stem cell science and the realities of stem cell interventions. The …Read More

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How do dubious stem cell clinics get patients in the door to make money? In part they do this via the Internet via the clinics’ own websites. There are also patient websites, some secret, which may serve ad recruitment tools for specific clinics. A more general tactic may be the use of so-called “recruiter-patients”. There is an interesting article from 2011 on this practice in India: Recruiter-patients as ambiguous symbols of health: bionetworking and stem cell therapy in India . What is a recruiter-patient? A recruiter-patient is a …Read More