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Kim Kardashian’s $1,500 PLATELET RICH PLASMA ‘vampire facial’

In ALL ARTICLES, SCIENCE & STEM CELLS on April 11, 2013 at 12:42 am
Kim Kardashian’s $1,500 ‘vampire facial’ is a Hollywood hit that promises younger, firmer-looking skin
Her spa procedure is splattered all over her reality TV show, but was it played up for the cameras?

Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 6:00 AM

"Tonight on Kourtney & Kim Take Miami!!! #VampireFacial #kktm" Kim Kardashian gets a vampire facial on "Kourtney and Kim Take Miami" on March 10, 2013.

kimkardashian via Instagram

Kim Kardashian has a Vampire Facelift on camera for ‘KIm and Kourtney Take Miami.’

Keeping up with the Kardashians is getting bloody ridiculous.

Attention-starved Kim K tweeted a shot of her blood-spattered face after a vampire facial, the gruesome $1,500 treatment that promises younger, firmer-looking skin.

The Vampire Facelift – trademarked by Alabama doctor Charles Runels draws blood from the patient’s arm with a needle and separates the platelets into a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) using a centrifuge.

The plasma is then combined with Restylane or Juvederm, and then injected into the face to stimulate collagen production to create new skin and to remove fine lines and acne scars. The 45-minute Facelift is expected to be such a hit in Hollywood that a gift certificate for the painful procedure was included in this year’s Academy Awards swag bag.


Beauty takes pain for Kim Kardashian.

via E!

Beauty takes pain for Kim Kardashian.

Kanye West’s baby mama documented the spa session on the latest episode of “Kim and Kourtney Take Miami,” where she visits the Miami Institute for Age Management for the controversial treatment. “Ow, that hurts so bad!” cries the reality star in the clip as blood streams down her face.

The extreme reaction is because her treatment includes the invasive Dermapen, a device that uses nine tiny motorized needles to cause puncture wounds in the skin before applying the platelet-rich plasma mixure.

Plenty of New York women are willing to face the pain, however, for a chance to look younger. Cosmetic surgeon Amiya Prasad performs four Vampire Facelifts a week at his upper East Side practice.

“This is a more aggressive treatment than a regular facial,” says Prasad, who charges around $1,200 for a 45-minute blood facial, “but it’s justified because skin quality improves quite nicely.” He says typically clients notice results in a couple of days that last four to six months.


Kim Kardashian didn't take the facial quietly!

via E!

Kim Kardashian didn’t take the facial quietly!

But you’ll want to wait a day or two before dinner parties or meeting small children since the Dermapen causes bleeding and swelling just like Kardashian’s beauty bloodbath.

“But as bad as your face may look on the day of the procedure, it’s remarkable how good people can look a couple of days later,” he says.

Some medi-spas claim that the reality star’s blood-soaked procedure was played up for the cameras.

“It’s completely absurd,” says Dr. Jack Berdy, the director of SmoothMED, a walk-in Botox boutique in midtown that also offers the Vampire Facelift. He uses less-invasive injections than the Dermapen seen in the video. “You inject it like you would any other filler,” he says. “You can do it on your lunch break.”


Kardashian is supposed to have a 'youthful' look after undergoing the painful procedure.

via E!

Kardashian is supposed to have a ‘youthful’ look after undergoing the painful procedure.

Plus, Berdy points out that the plasma mixture on Kardashian’s face should be yellow not red. “Her procedure is not set in any sense of reality,” he scoffs.

Dr. Anthony P. Sclafani, the director of facial plastic surgery at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, explains the red smears all over Kardashian’s face could come from not separating the platelets completely.

“Maybe there’s still some blood in it,” suggests Sclafani, who’s done extensive research on the competing $1,500 Selphyl system. He also injects platelet-rich plasma for facial rejuvenation, but without mixing in the added fillers. It’s a simple injection, much like getting Botox or Restalyne. “No needle is fun, but most people are able to do this without any anesthesia,” he says. “They shouldn’t scream in pain like that.”

Even Prasad, who uses the Dermapen regularly, laughed after watching Kardashian’s onscreen procedure. “That looks pretty barbaric!” he says. “She’s a celebrity so, of course, she deals with everything very dramatically.”

He adds, “It can be done very, very gently, and I won’t let what happened to Kim Kardashian happen to you.”



9/11 – In Remembrance

In ALL ARTICLES on September 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Some memories are so powerful, they don’t diminish even 10 years later.

Written by David Granovsky on 9/11/11


Nothing Strange Happened Today

At 83rd street I leave my friend’s apartment with simple thoughts of Starbucks and a walk through Central Park in my head.  Behind me, the building door slams as I take a deep breath of the mid-morning air and squint into the bright sunlight.  Something’s shifted.  A strange vibe fills the air, a tension that unnerves and unsettles me.  I survey the street.  Cars are double parked haphazardly and a fire house is eerily empty.

At 82nd street a harried looking woman in the doorway of a hair salon, her hair half in curlers, smokes a cigarette and wrings her hands simultaneously while dropping long ashes on her purple plastic cape.  I’m drawn to the sound of the TV in the salon with a dozen people crowded around it. I watch in horror over hunched shoulders and past craning necks as the images of the first plane hitting the WTC is rebroadcast.  The powerful silence in the room is punctuated by gasps and groans of ‘oh my god.’

At 81st street I’m in a panic.  My cell is in my hand as I dash down the street.  I’m awkwardly running and calling my parents who live closer to the devastation later called ‘ground zero.’  My call, like so many desperate others’, does not go through.  I’m moving downtown fast with my panic and frustration mixing with the ‘all circuits are busy’ messages.

At 76th street surreality sets in.  I am the only person moving towards the scene of destruction.  There are thousands of people on the streets and they are all hurrying away from ‘ground zero.’  Looks that scream, “are you crazy?” give me isolated cameo appearances of “New York attitude” amongst a sea of distressed faces.  Flat-bed trucks roll past me going North with men and women in business suits, their legs hanging off the edge.  Some stare at their shoes, defeated looks on their hung faces…others, engage in the futile pantomime of curling their cell phones from lap to ear as they try hopelessly to get through to a loved one.

At 74st street groups of people hover around parked cars, leaning in through open windows and listening to radio reports.  Block after block, a scene plays out.  The scene is one I’ve seen in countless movies but never appreciated its implications until now.  Manhattan construction workers, grandmothers, business people and bike messengers, their chaotic myriad daily paths cut short, discarded and gathered anew into a tight knot around a single point.  Focused together, these eclectic groups of people stand shoulder to shoulder and hip to hip united in their nationality, geography and a desperate common interest and need for information.

At 71st street, a brief glimmer of hope; a connection on my cell that lasts just long enough to hear my father’s voice utter one indecipherable word before disconnection.  I jerk to a dead stop in the middle of a once busy intersection, unaware and uncaring that normal laws of pedestrian and vehicular traffic are no longer in effect.  Heart racing, I hit redial repeatedly, trying to reconnect with my Dad as waves of people immersed in their own anxieties split around me.

My surroundings disappear and my non-essential senses flip off as my universe contracts to dual pin points of vision and hearing.  The most significant elements in my life suddenly tighten to the illuminated digits on my cell screen, the blinking of the signal bar and the sounds leaking from my cell.  I futilely strain to hear a sound of hope.  I try to will sounds from my cell other than rapid dial tones and ‘no connection’ messages.  Unnoticed, the most common New York City experience takes place as a rushing pedestrian shoulders past me.  I take apathetic notice of the glistening beads of sweat mixing on my number pad, the sunlight reflecting from a chip in the glass and the redial button emitting its lonely beep.

I’m passing 65th street and I’m at a full run with my phone deep in my pocket.  I’m breathing heavy and sweat is trickling down my face and chest and seeping through my shirt.  I’m running down the middle of the street because the sidewalks are packed and the traffic is limited to the occasional flat bed truck full of people moving slowly uptown.

With my running and breathing heavy and the dark cloud threatening my head, I don’t hear my cell until the third ring!

I frenziedly rip it out of my pocket, clutching tightly to keep it from squirting out of my slippery sweaty hands.

“Hello?” I cry into the phone.

“David!  It’s Dad, I’m ok, we’re ok, are you ok!” says my Dad.

“I’m ok! Where are you?” I ask.

“In New Jersey…” he responds.  They aren’t even in the city.

We share our experiences with each other and the information we have.  My mother jumps into the conversation.  “Are you ok?”  “Yes, are you ok?”  “Are you sure?”

Today, on September 11th, no one thinks it’s strange to see a grown man sitting alone on the dirty curb of 64th street, head bent to almost touching his knees, simultaneously sweating, breathing heavy and crying with his cell phone pressed to the side of his head in a white clawed hand.  Nothing is strange today.



Stem Cells + Dance – Artist of the month” Nadine Lavi”

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on June 9, 2010 at 12:53 pm

What on earth do stem cells, dance and David Granovsky have in common? Read on and find out… -dg

Artist of the month” Nadine Lavi”

This month our “Artist of the Month” is the writer, Nadine Lavi.  Nadine has written regularly for Dance International magazine for the past decade, and has a regular blog, “Nadine Lavi’s Dance Notes,” at Forum Artistico. She published her first book last year, and is working on several others, a screenplay, and is teaching English Composition to college students in New York City.

F.A.: What projects are you working on now?

Nadine: Right now, I am working on the screenplay about my grandfather’s life. I am also working on a book about a dear friend, Marc Brew, who is a dancer who was paralyzed in a car wreck 13 years ago. He is amazing and so inspirational and he still dances and choreographs. There is the chance for his life to change as stem cell treatments are available and there have been cases when paralyzed people walked again after the treatment. David Granovsky, who is a stem cell advocate and expert, is working with me to add information about that area to the book, and together we are also planning to form a foundation in Marc’s name to help him and other paralyzed dancers get money for this treatment. It may extend to non-dancers with paralysis as well; at this point we are trying to set everything up. In addition, I am working on other articles including another one about Fabrice, his protégé Beatriz Stix-Brunell, an article for The New Yorker magazine on David, and other articles. I am also always working on improving as a dancer. Future projects include a book about David, and two other screenplays.

via http://www.forumartistico.com/index.php/Artist-of-the-month/artisti-of-the-monthq-nadine-laviq

CBC News – Technology & Science – Stem Cell Site Wins Activism Award

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on May 5, 2010 at 7:11 pm

* Activism website: Renew the world – Stem Cell Foundation of Canada, Manifest Communications (People’s Voice Award).


For each category, the academy selects one winner, with a second selected via public voting (People’s Voice).

The top recipients this year — taking five categories each — are the College Humor and the New York Times.

Canadians who made the winners list include:

Canadian actor Jim Carrey’s official website won both the Webby and the fan-voted prize.Canadian actor Jim Carrey’s official website won both the Webby and the fan-voted prize. (Joel Ryan/Associated Press)

* Celebrity/fan website: Actor Jim Carrey (Webby and People’s Voice Award).

* Activism website: Renew the world – Stem Cell Foundation of Canada, Manifest Communications (People’s Voice Award).

via CBC News – Technology & Science – Webby Awards honour Ebert, Twitter, Times.


In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on April 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm
LETTER: Follow California’s lead

Release date: 4/3/2010

California has shifted from embryonic to adult stem cell research…New York State should follow.

Published: Saturday, April 03, 2010

Dear Editor:

In a report in the New York State Right to Life newsletter, an article states that California has shifted from embryonic to adult stem cell research.

In 2004 that state’s government passed the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative (Proposition 71). It gave $3 billion for research to find medical use for stem cells harvested from human embryos killed by the procedure.

The institute’s work over those five years bore no fruit. Now the institute is diverting funds from embryonic to adult stem cell research. Already dozens of treatments and some cures have been produced for illnesses from spinal cord injuries to Alzheimer’s and Type 1 diabetes.

The article also quotes Kathleen Gilbert, writer for LifeSiteNews.com:

“Although scientists and pro-life advocates have denounced the dead-end science of embryo research for years, the political and ethical furor surrounding embryonic research appears to have obscured the undeniable superiority of adult stem cells’ track record. Not only have adult stem cells already produced dozens of treatments, but embryonic stem cells have been proven prone to multiply out of control, causing tumors and are less easily cultivated into specific types of tissue than their adult counterparts.”

New York State should follow. If not a matter of mercy for unborn children, at least fiscal responsibility and concern for directing taxpayers’ money into something that actually works should force New York to discontinue spending on random stem cell research and save millions by not following through with the Empire State Stem Cell Board plan to pay women for eggs to be used for lethal research.

Please contact Sens. Schumer and Clinton and Rep. Hinchey with this information and urge them to stop wasting your hard-earned money on research that the evidence proves doesn’t work.


Feminist Group Sues NY over Cash for Eggs

In BUSINESS OF STEM CELLS on October 15, 2009 at 12:30 pm


Pro-Life Feminist Group Sues NYS over Compensation for Women’s Eggs – FOX 40 WICZ TV – Binghamton, NY  [10/14/2009]


This is a release sent to us the Rochester-based Feminists Choosing Life of New York.

ALBANY, N.Y.—Feminists Choosing Life of New York (FCLNY) filed suit Friday in New York State Supreme Court (Albany) to block the use of taxpayer funds to pay women recruited to donate their eggs for embryonic stem cell research.

FCLNY Executive Director, Wendy McVeigh stated: “New York State has the responsibility to protect women. Instead, the state is using taxpayers’ dollars to entice young, economically vulnerable women to experiment in this medically risky procedure.”

New York State is the first governmental entity anywhere in the U.S. to approve taxpayer money to pay women to undergo an invasive procedure to harvest eggs for embryonic stem cell research…

via FOX 40 WICZ TV – Pro-Life Feminist Group Sues NYS over Compensation for Women’s Eggs [10/14/2009] – News, Sports, Weather, Contests and More – Binghamton, NY.


human embryonic stem cells trigger an immune response in mice, suggesting that the effectiveness of human therapies derived from the cells could be limited unless ways are found to dampen the rejection response.

LifeCell Int’l inks pact with Max New York Life Insurance

In BUSINESS OF STEM CELLS on September 7, 2009 at 7:17 pm

LifeCell International inks pact with Max New York Life Insurance

Submitted by Harish Dhawan on Sun, 09/06/2009 – 11:42.

LifeCell InternatiMAXonal, India’s first and the largest stem cell banking service provider, has entered into an arrangement with Max New York Life Insurance.

Under the arrangement, Max New York will reach out to LifeCell’s customers who are expectant parents and create awareness on the importance of securing a child’s future against unseen health and financial needs.

LifeCell ensures biological insurance for children by banking their umbilical cord blood stem cells for future therapeutic use, Max New York will offer life insurance options to LifeCell customers helping them meet the future financial needs of their children.

According to an official release, every LifeCell customer will get the opportunity to analyze their future financial needs and explore various insurance and savings options available with Max New York Life Insurance.

via LifeCell International inks pact with Max New York Life Insurance | Top News.

NY commits $20M to stem-cell research – Buffalo

In BUSINESS OF STEM CELLS on August 31, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Monday, August 31, 2009, 8:18am EDT

New York plans to invest $20.4 million in stem-cell research.

Gov. David Paterson announced that $5.4 million will be earmarked to recruit research fellows to research institutions in New York. The remaining $15.4 million will be used to establish “multi-institutional research facilities” that will be shared by researchers from across the state.

“Investment in stem cell research is part of our vision to make New York a global leader in the new economy,” Paterson said.

New York State Health Commissioner Richard Daines, who is also the chair of the Empire State Stem Cell Board, said the funding will “ensure the best and the brightest new stem-cell investigators conduct their research in New York state.”

The governor put out two Requests for Applications. More detail on the applications, which are due Dec. 1, is available at the state’s Web site.

via NY commits $20M to stem-cell research – Business First of Buffalo:.

Rodarte Celebrates Stem-Cell Scientists in New Issue of Pop – New York Magazine Fashion

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on August 31, 2009 at 11:42 am

Rodarte Celebrates Stem-Cell Scientists in the New Issue of Pop – The Cut – New York Magazine’s Fashion Blog

* 8/31/09 at 09:45 AM

Tomorrow, newsstands welcome the new issue of Pop, the first under editor-in-chief Dasha Zhukova, who was hired in February to replace the inimitable Katie Grand. Despite Pop being first and foremost a fashion magazine under Grand, Zhukova has confessed fashion isn’t really her thing. She is more a member of the art world than the fashion world, which is filled with (possibly resentful) editors who scoffed at her appointment during the fall 2009 season. One of the 28-year-old Zhukova’s most notable accomplishments thus far is the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, the contemporary art gallery in Moscow she opened a year ago. So she’s intent on making Pop just as much about art as fashion, according to WWD. The new issue has two covers, pictured here (not four, as previously rumored), with artwork by Damien Hirst.

The covers have received mixed reactions, but can the content inside the magazine appease naysayers? Riccardo Tisci dressed Cicciolina, presumably for a photo spread, for the issue. Barbara Bush (probably junior, not senior, but could you imagine?) interviewed the president of Liberia. Margaret Thatcher is celebrated as a fashion icon. And Rodarte “celebrate U.S. stem-cell scientists” in another photo shoot. Generally, we find fashion magazines are at their best when they make no sense yet so much sense at the same time. (Drag spreads and bizarre hats also help.) Pop sounds either weird enough to work or not weird enough at all. But advertisers are onboard: The 316-page issue includes ads by Prada, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Armani, Chloé, Mulberry, Tod’s, and Roberto Cavalli.

via Rodarte Celebrates Stem-Cell Scientists in the New Issue of Pop — The Cut: New York Magazine’s Fashion Blog.

NY now first to allow taxpayer funding for human eggs

In ALL ARTICLES on August 22, 2009 at 10:28 am

Better late then never I guess.  After years of successful use of adult stem cells around the world, people in the US are just now figuring out, seemingly for the first time, that “amazingly and ironically, adult stem cells have shown far greater medical use promise thus far than have embryonic stem cells…”  Do not be misled by this article that the donation of eggs will help to generate treatments for diseases.   Embryonic stem cell research will NOT generate treatments for decades.  Whether the donation of eggs is morally objectionable or not is entirely up to you…and the eggs may be used for a variety of things….but they have almost nothing to do with treating diseases over the next 20-50 years. -dg

August 21, 8:21 PM

The Empire State Stem Cell Board of New York recently approved payments of up to $10,000 in taxpayer funds to women for their eggs for research.

This puts NY in the dishonorable position of being the first state to allow such funding for human eggs.

Significantly, some ethicists are alarmed at this approval, which provides taxpayer money for what many Americans consider morally objectionable. And, amazingly and ironically, adult stem cells have shown far greater medical use promise thus far than have embryonic stem cells…

via NY now first to allow taxpayer funding for human eggs.

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