Hundreds of clinics around the country are offering to treat a long list of health problems with stem cells…But leading stem cell researchers say there’s not enough evidence to support the clinics’ claims.
Researchers hope stem cells may someday make it possible to repair or replace damaged cells, tissues and even entire organs — but there are very few treatments currently available that have been proven safe and effective.
So far the Food and Drug Administration has not aggressively regulated stem cell clinics. The reason is the stem cells being used typically come from the patient’s own body….
But now that the treatments are being offered so much more widely, the FDA is considering more aggressive regulation.
The clinics defend what they’re doing.
“Patients should have access to their own body tissue,” says Kristin Comella…If patients “are able to provide and give informed consent to move forward with these treatments, that is their right,” [she] says. “In particular for diseases where they have not had much success with traditional medicine.”
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