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Health experts warn of 'stem cell tourism' dangers

LONDON (Reuters) Thousands of people are putting their health and life savings at risk to travel to private clinics around the world for unproven canada goose factory sale and potentially dangerous stem cell treatments, British experts said on Tuesday.

A panel of specialists highlighted individual clinics in Germany and China where so called cell tourists go for unlicensed treatment, and said there may be up to buy canada goose jacket cheap 700 similar businesses globally offering unproven cell therapies.

Despite a lack of scientific evidence Followers us Canada Goose UK that such therapies work, patients whose lives are blighted with conditions canada goose clearance like Parkinson disease or childhood blindness are being lured cheap canada goose uk into spending tens of thousands of canada goose dollars with little chance of success. patient is in canada goose clearance sale danger of losing uk canada goose their life and health, needlessly traveling long distances away from home, Canada Goose Coats On Sale friends and family, not having their condition improved, and potentially losing a large sum canada goose uk outlet of money, said Chris Mason of University College London (UCL) regenerative medicine bioprocessing unit.

The scientists cited one case of an Israeli boy who received a Canada Goose Jackets stem cell treatment canada goose coats on sale in Russia for a spinal injury Canada Goose sale and subsequently developed multiple tumors.

In another case, they cheap Canada Goose said, a 46 year old woman was treated Canada Goose Online in Thailand for the autoimmune disease lupus. She later developed kidney failure and died from sepsis.

Stem cells are the body master cells that give rise to many different tissues and blood cells. They uk canada goose outlet are standard treatments for canada goose coats leukemia buy canada goose jacket and a few other genetic diseases, but their use in treating other conditions such as Parkinson spinal injury or optic nerve damage is as yet unproven.

The International Canada Goose Parka Society for Stem Cell canadian goose jacket Research has previously warned of rogue stem cell clinics around the world seeking to exploit desperate patients oblivious to the risks.

The British experts said they had been prompted to speak out because of a flood of requests they get from patients who read about apparently dramatic cures on websites and in the media.

They said that while private clinics were not operating illegally, they were offering treatments that are unlicensed and in many cases untested, and advised patients to steer clear.

Treatments can cost around $30,000 a patient, they said, and in the canada goose black friday sale absence of clinical trial data to support their work, clinics post patient testimonies on their websites from people who say they have been helped.

Thailand and Mexico also offer stem cell treatments.

The British experts said they were particularly concerned about a firm in Germany called XCell Center Canada Goose Outlet and an American firm in China, Beike Biotechnology, which offers Canada Goose online stem canada goose store cell treatments for a range canada goose uk black friday of conditions including brain injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury and optic nerve damage.

XCell said it would issue a statement on Wednesday about the experts comments and Beike did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for a response.

companies do not offer licensed therapeutics, so it is something the patients themselves have to sign consent forms for, said Peter Coffey of UCL ophthalmology institute, referring to the two named firms and others like them.

main issues around licensing a therapeutic is not just that it safe. but also to show efficacy. None of these companies has ever been through that type of procedure.

Robert McLaren, a consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London who was also on the panel, said there was no evidence to date that stem cell therapies could canada goose uk shop effectively treat retinal or optic nerve conditions.

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