Hundreds of U.S. Clinics Sell Unapproved Stem Cell 'Therapies'

Share this content:
Hundreds of U.S. Clinics Sell Unapproved Stem Cell 'Therapies'
Hundreds of U.S. Clinics Sell Unapproved Stem Cell 'Therapies'

FRIDAY, July 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hundreds of clinics across the United States are marketing unapproved stem cell treatments for conditions ranging from aging skin to spinal cord injuries, according to a study published online June 30 in Cell Stem Cell.

In an online search, researchers found at least 570 clinics offering unapproved stem cell "therapies." They tended to be concentrated in a handful of states -- including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New York, and Texas -- but were scattered across many other states, too.

Leigh Turner, Ph.D., a bioethicist and associate professor at the University of Minnesota's Center for Bioethics in Minneapolis, said attention used to focus on "stem cell tourism" -- where people travel to countries such as China, India, and Mexico to get unproven treatments. "I think there's a misperception that everything here [in the U.S.] is regulated," Turner told HealthDay. "But these clinics are operating here, and on a relatively large scale."

Of the businesses Turner's team found, most marketed autologous therapies, usually using stem cells from people's body fat or bone marrow. But about one-fifth of the businesses claimed to use stem cells from umbilical cord blood or amniotic or placental tissue.

Full Text

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease


More in Home

Hormonal Contraception May Raise Depression Risk

Hormonal Contraception May Raise Depression Risk

Study also ties hormonal patches, IUDs to greater antidepressant use, especially in teens

Dose-Dependent Link Between Cannabis Use, Psychosis Relapse

Dose-Dependent Link Between Cannabis Use, Psychosis Relapse

But researchers note effect is small, and the research isn't definitive

Systolic Blood Pressure Variability Linked to Mortality, Morbidity

Systolic Blood Pressure Variability Linked to Mortality, Morbidity

Increased SBP variability tied to mortality, coronary heart disease, stroke, end-stage renal disease

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »