Scientists stumble upon potential new cure for baldness

Around four in 10 men suffer male pattern baldness by the age of 45 and two thirds by the age of 60

A cure for baldness could be on the horizon after British scientists discovered that an osteoporosis drug stimulates hair growth three times quicker than other drugs.

Dr Hawkshaw said the treatment could "make a real difference to people who suffer from hair loss".

Now there are two medication used to stimulate hair growth - Minoxidil (for men and women) and finasteride (for men only). However, this too has side effects, an interesting one being that it boosts cosmetically unwanted hair growth. They found that CsA changed how the follicles expressed a protein called SFRP1, which stunts the development and growth of hair follicles and other tissues in the body.

In lab experiments the osteoporosis drug had a dramatic effect on donated follicles, stimulating them to sprout growing hairs. But don't get too excited: Although the study authors concluded that WAY-316606 has the "potential to treat human hair loss disorders", it has only been tested on hair samples - not on actual, living humans.

Dr. Nathan Hawkshaw led the new Ph.D. project to develop new ways to safely but effectively treat androgenetic alopecia, which refers to male or female pattern baldness. The research work finds its way into the journal named Public Library of Science Biology.

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This medication, Cyclosporine A (CsA), has been commonly used as the 1980s to curb transplant rejection and autoimmune illnesses.

But they could soon have the choice between being bald or having a thick thatch of hair, as scientists claim they might have found a cure for male pattern baldness. and people could see results within DAYS.

Baldness can be dealt with an experimental drug that was primarily developed to deal with a condition that undermines the bones after hopeful indications that it can cause the follicles to grow new hair. It also is able to do so without the negative side effects that CsA brings.

He added: "Interestingly, when the hair growth-promoting effects of CsA were previously studied in mice, a very different molecular mechanism of action was suggested".

Dr. David Silverstein, a dermatologist at Stony Brook University Hospital who wasn't associated with the research, says this study is very preliminary. As of now, the most effective treatment for balding is opting for a hair transplantation surgery.

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