Janet Pearl, MD MSc

Risk of cord stem cell

FDA Clamping Down On Cord Stem Cell Centers After 12 Patients Admitted To Hospital

Twelve people in three states developed infections and were hospitalized after they got infusions or injections of stem cell products derived from umbilical cord blood that were contaminated with bacteria. See the CNN Article for more details. The FDA also recently issued a warning letter to Genetech Inc one of the major suppliers of cord stem …

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Tommy John surgery

Stem-cell Therapy to Disrupt Tommy John Surgery in Baseball

For about half a decade, it’s been something of an open secret in baseball that players—pitchers especially—regularly undergo stem-cell therapy to stave off surgeries and lost playing time. It’s a cutting-edge medical procedure, done by everyone from high-school standouts to major-league all-stars. It’s rarely discussed by players, or by their coaches, parents, doctors, or employers. …

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