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EP 920B The Smart Way to Shop for Stem Cells

Summary: Some of the clinics providing stem cell treatments are unregulated, and many have been accused of medical malpractice.
Air Date: 12/11/18
Duration: 22:55
Host: Michael Roizen, MD
Guest Bio: Leigh Turner, PhD
Leigh Turner, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics, School of Public Health, and College of Pharmacy. Turner is a co-editor of Risks and Challenges in Medical Tourism: Understanding the Global Market for Health Services and The View from Here: Bioethics and the Social Sciences.

He is the author of numerous publications examining ethical issues related to medical travel and globalization of health care. Turner’s current research addresses ethical, social, and legal concerns associated with businesses selling unproven and unlicensed cell-based interventions.
EP 920B The Smart Way to Shop for Stem Cells
People often hear that injecting stem cells into your body can replace damaged ones and solve health issues, ranging from knee pain to vision problems.

Sounds appealing, right?

However, some of the clinics providing these treatments are unregulated, and many have been accused of medical malpractice. One woman was left nearly blind after receiving treatment for her macular degeneration.

Medical ethics expert Leigh Turner explains if stem cells are actually effective, how to determine if a clinic is reputable, and the homework you should do before ever seeking treatment.

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