Posts Tagged ‘stem cell therapy’

Major League Baseball Pitchers and “Stem Cell” therapy

Author: David Kent, 04/18/17

With the Toronto Blue Jays* off to a terrible start, I was almost dissuaded from reading anything about baseball, until I happened upon the following article: “Stem-cell therapy is poised to disrupt the Tommy John epidemic in baseball.” First, I had to do my standard “fake news” check by triangulating the sources, readings, etc., but…Read more

The enabling technology of polymer design

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 02/10/16

Another in the series: “What drives research in the field of biomaterials?” “What makes Canada cool?” asks Dan Taekema of The Toronto Star, and among the handful of influential figures that he writes about is the “rock star” researcher, Professor Molly Shoichet. I was ecstatic to read this post right around the time I was…Read more

Penalty for Regenetek – Two minutes for obfuscation

Author: Lisa Willemse, 01/16/15

> There are few things in Canada that grab national attention than a story related to hockey. News that surfaced last month that hockey legend Gordie Howe had received an unproven stem cell therapy for stroke continue to grab headlines in this country. In the past week alone, our office has fielded several media calls…Read more

The Hunter and the Bear: Italy’s Stamina and Vannoni, as Aesop would have told it

Author: Alessandra Pasut, 04/02/14

Editor’s note: Some of the links included are Italian language sources The case involving Stamina Foundation and the legitimacy of its stem cell treatments has been one of the most discussed and controversial issues in the international stem cell policy scene. Tomorrow, April 3, Davide Vannoni, Stamina’s founder, will be expected at a court trial…Read more

Play your part: learning from the actors in clinical and translational research

Author: Guest, 02/20/14

by Paul Cassar, Stem Cell Network Scientist-in-Residence You’ve heard this already, I’m sure. Stem cell research is a multidisciplinary endeavour that requires an assemblage of scientists, engineers, clinicians, lawyers and ethicists. And I know I don’t have to tell you that to bring a new therapy to the clinic requires decades of basic, pre-clinical and…Read more

Right Turn: On (and off) the podium at the stem cell Olympics

Author: Lisa Willemse, 02/14/14

> Stem cells don’t usually feature prominently at Olympic events, unless in connection with performance enhancement, which has been alleged at both the 2008 and 2012 summer games. But, as Paul Knoepfler pointed out in his blog, if stem cell doping at the Olympic level is happening at all, it’s likely on a very small…Read more

Right Turn: Cord Blood Awareness Month

Author: Guest, 07/19/13

. July is Cord Blood Awareness Month, an internationally recognized campaign that helps mothers, families, physicians, and researchers learn more about cord blood and cord blood banking. Cord blood is the blood left over in the umbilical cord immediately following the birth of a newborn baby and is a rich source of hematopoietic stem cells….Read more

Stem cell pseudoscience in the courts?

Author: Ubaka Ogbogu, 02/26/13

Patients contemplating medical travel for the purpose of receiving scientifically unproven stem cell treatments may wish to consider one more potential side effect: the possibility of losing their eligibility for health status-related compensation and benefits. In May 2012, a United States appeal court affirmed an earlier New York district court decision to deny disability and…Read more