According to a new study, which the journal PLOS Biology has recently published, there might be a potential new cure for baldness. It has been discovered thanks to a different drug meant to treat osteoporosis. As the researchers say, this drug had a dramatic effect on the hair follicles, stimulating their growth in a laboratory experiment. The key here is a compound that attacks a protein that stops hair growth and triggers baldness. According to Dr. Nathan Hawkshaw, the leader of the project, this new and very interesting discovery could one day help people that are struggling with hair loss and even baldness.
At the moment, there are only two drugs which are meant as a cure for baldness, or androgenetic alopecia. They are minoxidil, for both men and women, and finasteride, which is only for men. However, they usually have some unwanted side effects which makes people avoid them and resort to hair transplantation surgery instead. In order to reach this result, the team tested the drug in a lab on scalp hair follicles from over 40 men who were patients of hair transplants. Their experiment was successful, but it seems that a clinical trial would be needed to see whether or not the drug is safe for human use.
A potential new treatment for baldness
It’s worth noting that a lot of people nowadays suffer from hair loss. It’s a natural thing and in most cases, nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, there are some permanent cases in which the hair never grows back. So, if you start noticing bald spots, if your head is itching or burning, or if your hair starts falling suddenly, you should see a doctor immediately.
This research is very interesting and potentially useful, seeing how many people are dealing with hair loss nowadays. It’s something that decreases their self confidence levels, and it shouldn’t be like this.
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