Stem cell treatments flourish despite little evidence they work

A doctor extracting bone marrow from a patient's pelvic bone at a clinic in the US for a stem cell procedure earlier this year. The Food and Drug Administration has taken an industry-friendly approach towards companies using unproven cell cocktails t
A doctor extracting bone marrow from a patient's pelvic bone at a clinic in the US for a stem cell procedure earlier this year. The Food and Drug Administration has taken an industry-friendly approach towards companies using unproven cell cocktails to treat people desperate for relief from ageing or damaged joints.PHOTO: NYTIMES

A surgeon recommended a hip replacement, but Mr Kenneth Cevoli said no thanks.

"They're really quick to try to give you fake joints and make a bunch of money off you," he said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2019, with the headline 'Stem cell treatments flourish despite little evidence they work'. Print Edition | Subscribe