EXCLUSIVE: Dozens of private firms claim stem cell treatment can improve youngsters’ social skills, speech and concentration, but counter-claims say therapy is unproven and can cause more harm than good.
BY AMY SHARPE
Clinics have been accused of peddling false hope to parents of autistic children with “potentially hazardous” treatment.
A Sunday People probe found dozens of private firms charging up to £14,000 for stem cell therapy, claiming it provides a whole range of benefits.
Clinics insist the treatment – in which donor cells are fed into a patient’s bloodstream via a drip – can help improve youngsters’ social skills, speech and concentration.
But there are counter-claims that the therapy is unproven, could be distressing for children and even cause them more harm than good. […]