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Possible New Cure Found For Baldness

    Abdulaziz Sobh
    By Abdulaziz Sobh

    Categories: Health


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    imageA new potential cure for baldness was discovered using a drug originally intended to treat osteoporosis. The researchers found that the drug had a dramatic effect on the hair follicles in the laboratory, stimulating them to grow. It contains a compound that targets a protein that acts as a brake on hair growth and plays a role in baldness. The project leader, Dr. Nathan Hawkshaw of the University of Manchester, said it could "make a real difference for people suffering from hair loss."Only two medications are currently available to treat baldness (androgenetic alopecia): minoxidil, for men and women
    finasteride, only for men
    None is available in the NHS and both have side effects and are not always very effective, so patients often resort to hair transplant surgery. I had a transplant after the hairstyle made me bald
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    The research, published in PLOS Biology, was conducted in a laboratory, with samples containing hair follicles from the scalp of more than 40 male hair transplant patients. The researchers first clung to an old immunosuppressant drug, cyclosporin A, used since the 1980s to prevent rejection of transplanted organs and reduce the symptoms of autoimmune disease. The scientists found that the drug reduced the activity of a protein called SFRP1, a key growth regulator that affects many tissues, including hair follicles. But due to its side effects, CsA was not suitable as a baldness treatment. The team went on to look for another agent that went to SFRP1 and discovered that WAY-316606 was even better at suppressing the protein.Dr. Hawkshaw told the BBC that a clinical trial would be needed to see if the treatment was effective and safe in people. What causes hair loss? Hair loss is a daily occurrence and there is usually nothing to worry about. Some types are temporary and some are permanent. You should see a doctor by the sudden loss of hair
    developing baldness patches
    losing hair in groups
    itching and burning head
    worry about hair loss
    Source: NHS Choices A spokesman for the British Association of Dermatologists told the BBC: "This is a very interesting study."As researchers say, hair loss is a common disorder and can cause considerable damage to emotional health, including the loss of self-esteem and confidence."That said, more research will be needed before it can be used by people with hair loss."For people with hair loss, treatments can be very random, there is not one that is universally effective."For that reason, the new treatments are exciting because they give people more treatment options that can be effective."