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Stem Cells

Red The Color of Life
Red is the color. So much depends on red. Healthy red blood is the essence of all tissues and even the determinant of the health of bone. I look at life through this prism and notice the shades suggestive of this injury or that disease. I read those signals to predict outcomes.
Posted by Kevin R. Stone, M.D on April 25th, 2018
What We Dont Know
What we think we know is probably not true. If we are practicing medicine the same way next year as we are practicing this year, we clearly haven’t learned anything.
Posted by Kevin R. Stone, M.D on March 19th, 2018
Legal Olympic Doping
Classic blood doping—the injection of additional blood cells to increase oxygen in the muscle—is illegal in Olympic sports. Yet, legal blood doping is all the rage at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. Here is how it works.
Posted by Kevin R. Stone, M.D on February 8th, 2018
Joint Lubrication
The natural lubricant of the human joint is called hyaluronic acid (HA). As part of a large, electrically-charged sugar molecule, HA permits water to be absorbed and released from the cartilage surface of the joints. This provides durability and compressibility. Without HA we would all grind to a halt.
Posted by Kevin R. Stone, M.D on January 17th, 2018
DNA-Language
What if we can learn to listen, understand, and respond to genetic communications? Could we have a genetic Fitbit and language translator? And, as gene editing techniques like CRISPR Cas-9 continue to become less expensive and more available, could we engage in a daily conversation with our personal genetic dictionary?
Posted by Kevin R. Stone, M.D on December 15th, 2017
The stem cell field as a whole has become crowded with companies proclaiming remarkable results. Unfortunately, many of the products offered lack stringent quality control.
Posted by Kevin R. Stone, M.D on December 4th, 2016
Treatments for joint injuries have vastly improved during the past decade. Two of our best non-operative strategies are stem cell or growth factor injections. How do they differ—and which is best?
Posted by Kevin R. Stone, M.D on June 10th, 2016
Short-term solutions for managing joint pain used to be limited to anti-inflammatory drugs and shots of cortisone. Today’s new injections can provide more than relief of symptoms.
Posted by Kevin R. Stone, M.D on February 29th, 2016
Mesenchymal stem cells labeled with fluorescence molecules
Stem cell-based therapies, in which the body’s own cells are stimulated to contribute to the repair process, are enormously promising in all areas of medicine, including articular cartilage regeneration. Yet our understanding of stem cells continues to evolve.
Posted by Kevin R. Stone, M.D on May 28th, 2015
A cortisone injection interferes with the body’s natural healing process
Cortisone is a therapeutic drug used to fight ailments ranging from asthma to arthritis. It was the athlete’s best friend throughout the 20th century. But in orthopedics, there is a significant downside.
Posted by Kevin R. Stone, M.D on May 6th, 2015
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A question I am asked a lot is, “I hear clicking and popping in my knee, is this something that I should be concerned about?”
Building SuperHumans
It is a heady time in the world of human empowerment. We are seeing technologies that can alter our genetic code, augment our brainpower, enhance our physique, and extend our lives.
Pot. Almost 50% of the patients in my practice recently used marijuana to reduce their post-op pain. I didn’t prescribe it; the word just seems to be out.
July 14th, 2015
In light of Wes Matthews and other NBA athletes suffering Achilles ruptures, Dr. Stone speaks to Mavs Moneyball, a...
April 27th, 2016
Dr Stone talking about Steph Curry's injury and the Warrior's season.
December 11th, 2014
"A few select orthopedic surgeons and researchers around the country are pioneering alternate cartilage...

Kevin R. Stone · Jonathan R. Pelsis · Scott T. Surrette · Ann W. Walgenbach · Thomas J. Turek 

Stone, K.R., A. Freyer, T. Turek, A.W. Walgenbach, S. Wadhwa, and J. Crues. 2007.

Kevin R. Stone · Jonathan R. Pelsis · Scott T. Surrette · Ann W. Walgenbach · Thomas J. Turek