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Stem Cell Death in 2014? Kate Tan, Antonia Park, and the Green & Young Health Center

Did a stem cell treatment administered by an alternative health/wellness center in the Philippines, which counts a former President as a client, cause the death of 23-year-old cancer patient Kate Tan?

According to Bernard Tan, father of the patient who died last July 2013, his daughter underwent stem cell treatment at the Green & Young Health & Wellness Center in Tagaytay City, Philippines. He adds that they decided to seek treatment at the center after ex-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo underwent a stem cell procedure to cure her ailing cervical spine.

Mr. Tan reveals that her daughter was given the same treatment as ex-President Arroyo which included juicing diet, vegetable diet, acupuncture, coffee enema, and eight rounds of stem cells. He was assured that Kate will get well in three months but her condition worsened prompting his family to consult another doctor but to no avail.

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April 18, 2014   No Comments

Stem Cell for Avascular Necrosis (Bone Death): Dr Dennis Lox

What do Peyton Manning, Joost van der Westhuizen, and Natasha Merangoli have in common? Well, they are all athletes (Manning is a future football Hall of Famer, Westhuizen is a South African rugby star, and Merangoli is a high school soccer athlete) but, more importantly, they all underwent some kind of stem cell treatment for certain conditions.

We will not delve on Manning’s and Westhuizen’s treatment because we already blogged about them in the past (see: Joost van der Westhuizen: Stem Cell Treatment for ALS Disease and Peyton Manning Stem Cell Therapy). As for Merangoli, here’s a Fox Orlando report on how stem cell therapy, using cells harvested from the patient herself, apparently succeeded in treating her avascular necrosis which she sustained when she hurt an ankle. Avascular necrosis is a condition where blood supply to the bone is interrupted thus leading to the cellular death (necrosis) of bone components.

Here’s the report on this high school student’s condition and how Dr. Dennis Lox, a sports and regenerative medicine expert, saved her ankle using stem cells. Watch:

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March 29, 2014   1 Comment

Stem Cell for Corneal Disease: Dr Nick Di Girolamo, Univ of New South Wales

We blogged about stem cell treatments for macular degeneration as well as for retina problems, now here’s a video report, courtesy of the University of New South Wales TV (UNSWTV), showing us how researchers from the university were able to use stem cells to restore the sight of patients with blinding corneal disease. Watch:

We should have blogged about this a few years back since the video was produced in 2009 but ’tis better late than never, eh?

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March 29, 2014   No Comments

Quote of the Day: Prof. Alta Charo on Stem Cell Tourism Scams

Here are some words of wisdom from Prof. Alta Charo, law and bioethics professor from University of Wisconsin-Madison, on the prevalence of scams in stem cell tourism. From wisc.edu:

The evidence for therapeutic use of stem cells is very limited, except for bone marrow stem cells, but patients all over the world are convinced stem cells will cure their disease. While there are some very promising results in the early clinical trials for stem cell therapies using embryonic and other kinds of stem cells, the ‘treatments’ being advertised by these clinics are dubious, mostly ineffective, and sometimes positively harmful.

Patients are being hoodwinked, but there are dilemmas about tackling (the ‘treatments’) at regulatory or political levels.

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March 29, 2014   No Comments

Cheap Stem Cell Treatment, Anyone?

Stem cell treatments, even those that are unproven, are prohibitive. But there is hope that stem cells will become more affordable in the future. Why should we be hopeful? Because researchers in Japan and the United States led by Dr Haruko Obokata have discovered an easier way to produce stem cells through a reprogramming phenomenon called stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency or STAP.

From Dr. Obokata’s article published on the medical journal, Nature (www.nature.com):

In STAP, strong external stimuli such as a transient low-pH stressor reprogrammed mammalian somatic cells, resulting in the generation of pluripotent cells. Through real-time imaging of STAP cells derived from purified lymphocytes, as well as gene rearrangement analysis, we found that committed somatic cells give rise to STAP cells by reprogramming rather than selection.

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February 3, 2014   No Comments

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