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Potential new cure found for baldness

BBC     9th May, 2018 03:17:55 printer

Potential new cure found for baldness

 

A potential new cure for baldness has been discovered using a drug originally intended to treat osteoporosis.

 

Researchers found the drug had a dramatic effect on hair follicles in the lab, stimulating them to grow.

 

It contains a compound which targets a protein that acts as a brake on hair growth and plays a role in baldness.

 

Project leader Dr Nathan Hawkshaw, from the University of Manchester, said it could "make a real difference to people who suffer from hair loss".

 

Only two drugs are currently available to treat balding (androgenetic alopecia):

 

minoxidil, for men and women

 

finasteride, for men only

 

Neither is available on the NHS and both have side-effects and are not always very effective, so patients often resort to hair transplantation surgery instead.

 

The research, published in PLOS Biology, was done in a lab, with samples containing scalp hair follicles from more than 40 male hair-transplant patients.

 

And Dr Hawkshaw told the BBC a clinical trial would be needed to see if the treatment was effective and safe in people.

 

The research, published in PLOS Biology, was done in a lab, with samples containing scalp hair follicles from more than 40 male hair-transplant patients.

 

And Dr Hawkshaw told the BBC 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 generally nothing to worry about. Some types are temporary and some are permanent.

 

You should see a doctor because of:

 

sudden hair loss

 

developing bald patches

 

losing hair in clumps

 

head itching and burning

 

worry about hair loss

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