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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tighter Regulation of Stem Cell Therapies in Use at Clinics Worldwide


                                                                  
  
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July 17, 2017 - by Ed Tobias


I read a lot of comments on various social media sites from MS patients who have traveled outside the U.S. to be treated with stem cells. Some of these patients have reported excellent results and a reversal of symptoms. Others have died.
There’s a new report out, written by 15 scientists from seven countries, that strongly warns against what they call “marketing of unproven stem cell-based interventions.” If you’re considering stem cell therapy, this story by Charles Moore is an important read.
Advertising for stem cell therapies not supported by clinical research — often made directly to patients and sometimes promoted as a “cure” for diseases like multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s — is a growing problem that needs to be addressed and regulated, a team of leading experts say, calling such “stem cell tourism” potentially unsafe.
Stem cell tourism is the unflattering name given to the practice of encouraging patients to travel outside their home country to undergo such treatment, typically performed at a private clinic.
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