Wednesday, February 18, 2009

PRP Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Blood Injection Featured on ABC's Good Morning America

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PRP is getting a lot of attention in the media is a link from Good Morning America. This treatment speaks to the concept that the body has a remarkable ability to heal itself. Through innovative technology, we are revolutionizing how we address treatment of tendon and cartilage injuries.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

President Barack Obama will soon lift the federal funding ban on embryonic stem cell research

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After I attended the 4th annual stem cell summit in NYC today, analysts predicted that President Obama will reverse the ban on embryonic stem cell research in the coming days ahead.

It's important for the public to understand however that stem cells can be obtained and harvested from a variety of means. The term "stem cells" evokes controversy, mystique and caution. But what most aren't aware of is the availability of adult stem cells. Yes, we all have our own stem cells that have the capacity to replenish & regenerate tissue and disease.

Stem cells may be obtained from the following means:
-Umbilical cord
-Bone Marrow
-whole blood (after receiving injectibles that stimulate release from marrow to the periphery which is then drawn from the arm like neupogen & Mozobil)
Embryonic (the most controversial)
Menstrual blood (yes menstrual blood) it may be the most fresh compared to cord blood that is 9 months old.
Adipose (yes fat cells so one day a patient could receive liposuction & treatment for disease!)

Interestingly at the stem cell conference 38 of the leading companies from around the world presented their latest work. Of those only 6 represented embryonic stem cells compared to 32 with adult stem cells..

The presentations were overwhelmingly informative. I will summarize the info soon. Also I will be lecturing a grand rounds at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, CA in March to educate physicians about future trends in medicine.

According to CNBC today, the stem cell market will see a dramatic rise from $1.7 billion last year to between $22 billion and $49 billion over the next 10 years. wow.

Dr Steven Sampson

Monday, February 16, 2009

New York Times Article published on PRP blood injection Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy: Athletes’ Own Blood Could Nurse Them to Health

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Following the mention of Hines Ward receiving a PRP injection to allow him to perform in the super bowl, there has been an increased interest in understanding this treatment. Recently I was interviewed by New York Times reporter Alan Schwarz and extensively contributed to the article which will be published in tomorrow morning's New York Times in section A1.

The article raises awareness that PRP is a cost effective and safe means of accelerating healing naturally without surgery. However I feel that PRP treatment represents only the beginning in a promising field known as "orthobiologics." I will be at the 4th annual Stem Cell Summit In New York City Feburary 17, 2008. The leading biologic and stem cell companies, physicians, and scientists will converge to share our latest work. I will post an update on the presentations and will soon give a grand rounds on stem cell & biologic progress.

I'm thrilled that (PRP) Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is beginning to capture the public and medical community's attention. I hope to continue to train & educate physicians to expand the application of this innovative treatment in tendon and cartilage injuries. I hope to publish data from a PRP study on knee osteoarthritis this year.

Dr Steven Sampson

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Dr Steven Sampson selected as a principal investigator for FDA Approved multi-center platelet rich plasma tennis elbow study

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Dr Steven Sampson was selected as a principal investigator for an FDA approved study for Recover® Kit for Chronic Elbow Tendinosis using platelet rich plasma (PRP). This study includes up to 10 centers across the country and will hopefully pave the way for FDA approval and widespread use. Stay tuned for further info regarding this and other studies Dr Sampson is involved with in 2009.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Platelet Rich Plasma (Blood Injection) reportedly used on Hines Ward's Knee in Superbowl

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Just prior to the kickoff of superbowl XLIII, on field reporters from NBC credited Hines Ward's rapid recovery with a knee sprain to Platelet Rich Plasma therapy. According to NBC, Hines Ward had his blood drawn and later had the concentrated platelets injected back into his knee to accelerate healing.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been used in numerous professional collegiate, & recreational athletes to accelerate recovery from injury. I have seen firsthand that PRP enables athletes to shorten their recovery time without ill effects. While athletes have the luxury of round the clock trainers, this therapy is useful in the weekend warrior as well.

Further studies are underway regarding PRP usage in osteoarthritis. For further information follow