Stem cell medical breakthrough? That’s the headline appearing throughout the entire video of a story on CNN’s website about a stem cell experiment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS.
The story profiles one man who had stem cells injected into his spine as part of the trial. They used a sound bite of him saying, “I do feel like I’m gaining strength every day,” which he admits later may be the placebo effect.
This is important research. It doesn’t need hyperbole to sell its merits. It needs evidence.
This is a Phase I trial. It’s far too early to be calling anything like that a breakthrough – even with a question mark following it.