stem cells

The year was 2004, and according to certain TV ads in California, great medical breakthroughs might be just around the corner.

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Florida has the second highest number of for-profit stem cell clinics in the United States, and a new proposal by a Tampa lawmaker would crack down on those that prey on elderly and vulnerable Floridians.

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Florida has the second highest number of for-profit stem cell clinics in the United States, and a new proposal by a Tampa lawmaker would crack down on those that prey on elderly and vulnerable Floridians.

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Three patients at a Florida clinic went blind after receiving eye injections of stem cells derived from their own abdominal fat, according to a report Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine.

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Stem cell treatments offered by The Lung Institute in Tampa are pricey, not approved in the United States and not covered by insurance.   But as the Tampa Bay Times reports, patients desperate for treatment are taking the advice of Dr. Burton Feinerman to travelto Peru for lung disease therapy -- and pay between $7,500 and $12,000 in cash for a three-day treatment.  

It’s a good-news day for researchers in Florida, with reports on stem cell treatments for heart damage and preclinical trials on an HIV vaccine, both from University of Miami. And for a feel-good story, there’s a TV report on a child raising more than half a million dollars for liver-disease research at University of Florida that might benefit his friend.

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