The BOOMING (fraudulent) Stem Cell Treatment Industry
May 10, 2019
The stem cell industry is booming in the U.S. and while some legitimate medical uses have been discovered, there is a growing industry of clinics and doctors offering poorly understood products often without much regulation.Patients are paying thousands of dollars for unproven treatments that claim to heal a variety of ailments with some stem cell injections into a joint costing between $5,000 and $10,000.Often these stem cells are amniotic stem cells obtained via donation after women give birth, and that’s an important distinction.Caroline Chen, healthcare reporter at ProPublica, joins us for the birth-tissue profiteers.
Next, the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. to answer questions about previous testimony before Senate investigators in relation to the Russia investigation.The president has said he is surprised by the subpoena and Sen. Richard Burr who chairs the committee is facing GOP backlash. Stef Kight, reporter for Axios, joins us for what this is all about.