Neural injuries caused by stem cell tourism are more common than expected

Written by Alice Bough (Future Science Group)

A team of researchers from the University of Connecticut (CT, USA) and the Ohio State Neuroscience Research Institute (OH, USA) has conducted a survey of academic neurologists in the USA to assess the prevalence of injuries that arise due to stem cell tourism (i.e., unapproved stem cell therapies). The results of the study, published in the Annals of Neurology, suggest that the problem is much worse than previously expected, with the neurologists reporting problems such as infection, spinal tumors, seizures and strokes. With stem cell therapy clinics in countries such as Mexico, Russia and China offering untested stem cell injections,...

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