August 7, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

stem cell treatment

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With a new document released today the FDA is more clearly on a path to regulate dubious stem cell clinics in the US. Update: in the years since this post, the FDA has more concretely defined autologous adipose stem cells as drug products. There are more than 100 such American clinics that are selling stem cell “treatments” to patients and almost all of them use non-FDA approved stem cell products isolated from fat tissue. The clinics have argued that they do not need FDA …Read More

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Clare Wilson over at the NewScientist has reported the case of a woman given an experimental stem cell treatment in Portugal for a spinal cord injury who later developed a strange tumor consisting of nose tissue. I highly recommend going over to that site and reading her excellent article. What’s the deal with this case? The woman was treated with nasal stem cells eight years earlier. Her condition did not improve and now eight years later the tumor was removed in the US from her spine. The …Read More

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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 clinical trials, an issue that I believe many stem cell researchers are largely unaware of at this time. The standard advice in the stem cell field is to encourage …Read More