STEM CELLS: THE FUTURE AND THE FACTS
At the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (ISCRM), researchers are excited and optimistic about the use of stem cells to treat human disease. These special cells provide great promise for creating regenerative therapies where currently none exist. ISCRM scientists are working to develop new approaches to today’s most serious conditions and diseases.
Right now, the bone marrow transplant remains the only FDA approved stem cell treatment available at this time. It involves the use of blood stem cells and umbilical cord stem cells to treat individuals with blood cancers such as leukemia. It took decades to develop and demonstrate the safety and efficacy of this procedure. While ISCRM scientists and researchers are on the brink of new discoveries that may soon change how we confront chronic diseases impacting the heart, brain, kidneys, and pancreas, we want to caution the public to be aware of the current limits of stem cell medicine. Please read more below.
Stem Cell “Clinics” In the News (Cautionary Articles)
In the hands of responsible scientists, stem cells are powerful tools of discovery and, in some cases, treatment. But, consumers should be extremely wary of predatory “clinics” selling unapproved and unsafe stem cell therapies. Learn more in this February 2019 investigation by KIRO7News.
12 People Hospitalized With Infections From Stem Cell Shots
(The New York Times, December 21, 2018)
FDA Press Release about warning to company marketing dangerous, unapproved stem cell products (December 20, 2018)
Miracle cures of modern quackery? Stem cell clinics multiply, with heartbreaking results for some patients.
(The Washington Post, April 29, 2018)
The Trouble With Stem Cell Therapy
(Consumer Reports, January 11th, 2018)