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More good news for balding problems

More good news for balding problems

A new treatment for baldness has been discovered, even though the medication involved is actually intended to primarily treat osteoporosis.

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. It develops slowly over several years and is often only diagnosed when a minor fall or sudden impact causes a bone fracture.

Baldness: What is it?

Baldness is actually a condition that is known as Androgenetic alopecia, which is a common form of hair loss in both men and women. In men, this condition is also known as male pattern baldness. Hair is lost in a well defined pattern, beginning above both temples. Over time, the hairline recedes to form a characteristic "M" shape. Hair also thins at the crown, near the top of the head, often progressing to partial or complete baldness.

The pattern of hair loss in women differs from male pattern baldness. In women, the hair becomes thinner all over the head, and the hairline does not recede. Androgenetic alopecia in women rarely leads to total baldness.

Androgenetic alopecia in men has been associated with several other medical conditions including coronary heart disease and enlargement of the prostate. Additionally, prostate cancer, disorders of insulin resistance, such as diabetes and obesity, and high blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension, have been related to androgenetic alopecia. In women, this form of hair loss is associated with an increased risk of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is characterized by a hormonal imbalance that can lead to irregular menstruation, acne, excess hair elsewhere on the body, and weight gain.

The new treatment for baldness.

Recently researchers have found this particular drug had a rather dramatic effect on hair follicles in the laboratory, it actually stimulated them into growth.

The medication contains a compound which targets a protein that is known to act as a brake on hair growth and plays a significant role in treating baldness.

The lead scientist in the research project stated that a clinical trial would be required to see if the treatment was effective and safe to be used on people.

At present, only two drugs are available to treat balding, minoxidil, which is for the treatment of men and women and finasteride, which is for men only. At present neither is available on the National Health Service and both medications are known to have side effects and are not always as effective as anticipated, it is for this reason that some patients will often resort to hair transplantation surgery instead.

The new research was conducted under laboratory conditions and recently published. The trials used samples containing scalp hair follicles from more than 40 male hair transplant patients.

The scientists first conducted experiments with an old immunosuppressive drug called cyclosporine A that had been used since the 1980s to prevent transplant organ rejection and reduce symptoms of autoimmune disease. The scientists discovered that the drug reduced the activity of a protein called SFRP1, known to be a key growth regulator that affects many tissues including hair follicles. However, because of its side effects, cyclosporine A was unsuitable as a baldness treatment. Following this setback, the team went on to look for another agent that also targeted SFRP1 and discovered that WAY-316606 was far better at suppressing the protein. The scietists concluded that the treatment could make a genuine difference to people who suffer from hair loss.

A spokesperson for the British Association of Dermatologists stated that this was a very interesting study. Because hair loss is a common disorder and it can cause a good deal of damage to emotional health, including loss of self esteem and confidence, any advances in treating this condition must be welcomed. Although more research will need to be done before it can be used by people with hair loss, the initial indications for success are good.

Sadly for people suffering from hair loss, success rates from traditional treatments can be inconsistant. None of the treatments are universally effective, so new treatments are a good thing as it increases the choice for patients and a better chance of success.

What causes hair loss?

It's normal to lose hair. We can lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day, often without noticing.

Hair loss isn't usually anything to be worried about but occasionally it can be a sign of a medical condition.

Some types of hair loss are permanent, like male and female pattern baldness. This type of hair loss usually runs in the family.

Other types of hair loss may be temporary. They can be caused by:

  • stress
  • weight loss
  • iron deficiency
  • an illness
  • cancer treatment

So if you are at all concerned about your hair loss, please get in touch with us here at the Hair Clinic for a consultation.


Other Articles on Hair Replacement and Trichology

Hair loss in women

Androgenetic alopecia, is a type of hair loss that is commonly referred to as male or female pattern baldness. This condition was not really understood until the last few decades. For many years, scientists believed that androgenetic alopecia was caused by the predominance of the male sex hormone, testosterone, which women also have in trace amounts under normal conditions. But while testosterone is at the centre of the balding process, dihydrotestosterone, more commonly referred to as DHT, is now thought to be the main reason for hair loss in women.

Read more about hair loss in women...

Treatments and solutions to hair loss in men

Hair loss really is a common problem as around eighty five percent of men will probably experience some major hair thinning by the time they hit their fiftieth birthday. Some men even start to lose their hair before they hit their early twenties.

Read more about treatments and solutions to hair loss in men...

Trichology

Trichology is the branch of dermatology that deals with the scientific study of the health of hair and scalp.

Read more about trichology...

Hair Transplants

Hair transplantation is a surgical technique that removes hair follicles from one part of the body, called the donor site, to a bald or balding part of the body known as the recipient site. The technique is primarily used to treat male pattern baldness. In this minimally invasive procedure, grafts containing hair follicles that are genetically resistant to balding are transplanted to the bald scalp. Hair transplantation can also be used to restore eyelashes, eyebrows, beard hair, chest hair, pubic hair and to fill in scars caused by accidents or surgery such as face lifts and previous hair transplants.

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Some information on Dihydrotestosterone (DHT)

Male pattern hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia, is the most common type of hair loss among men. Hormonal factors seem to play a significant role, and especially a male sex hormone known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

Read more about some information on dihydrotestosterone (dht)...

So how permanent is hair transplantation?

One of the questions we at the Hair Clinic are asked on a regular basis is just how permanent a hair transplant procedure is. Often our clients are looking for a non-surgical and non-invasive way of restoring their hair when it begins to thin.

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How Hair Transplants Work

There may come a time in many peoples lives when their hair starts to thin out noticeably. Whatever the cause of the hair loss, it can impact heavily on the mood and self worth of the person affected. Some may not be particularly bothered by the gradual onset of hair loss, whereas others may be so traumatized that they feel they can no longer function as they did before. So what can be done if your crowning glory starts to thin?

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Hair Transplants: Potentially a Life Saving Procedure

There are many more bald celebrities these days, of that there is no doubt! Some of them may not even suffer from any form of hair loss, they simply prefer the bald look or it suits their public image more. One thing that is virtually unheard of though is a celebrity who is happy to put up with thinning hair. Bald yes, thinning no!

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Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) : In depth

Hair transplantation has become a minimally invasive surgical procedure that moves individual hair follicles from one part of the body that is called the donor site to a bald or balding part of the body that is known as the recipient site. This procedure is commonly used to treat male pattern baldness. The Follicular Unit Extraction involves the taking of grafts that contain hair follicles that are genetically resistant to balding. The donor area is often the rear or sides of the head and these grafts are then transplanted to the bald recipient part of the scalp. This amazing procedure can also used to restore eyelashes, eyebrows, beard hair, chest hair, pubic hair and to fill in scars that were caused by accidents or surgery such as face lifts and previous hair transplants. Follicular Unit Extraction and transplantation differs from skin grafting in that the grafts contain almost all of the epidermis and dermis surrounding the hair follicle, and many tiny grafts are transplanted rather than a single strip of skin.

Read more about follicular unit transplantation (fut) : in depth...

Hair Transplants for Women

Hair restoration surgery is considered a pretty good option for nearly 90% of men who are suffering from thinning hair or baldness, but what about women? When one thinks about a person losing their hair, a man usually springs to mind. If a women is seen with little or no hair, the assumption is that she has had chemotherapy, but women can lose their hair the same as men but unfortunately women generally do not make good candidates for hair transplant procedures.

Read more about hair transplants for women...

Hair Transplants for Men

Wayne Rooney casually tweeted recently that he'd had a hair transplant. He had claimed that it was because he was going bald at the age of twenty five, which was clearly too early in his opinion.

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Why Have a Hair Transplant

We've all heard time and time again about how desirable and distinguished a man looks when his hair has gone. We also seem to be reminded on a daily basis that bald men have superior pulling power than men with a full head of hair, but is this true or just a myth put out there by bald people or others just attempting to be politically correct?

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