Scientists find a potential cure for baldness

Lynette PayneMay 10, 2018

CsA would not be suitable as a baldness treatment due to its other well-known side-effects - however the researchers found that another drug, created to treat osteoporosis was even more effective at enhancing hair growth.

There are now two drugs available to treat balding - minoxidil (for men and women) and finasteride (for men) - but both have side-effects and are not always effective.

There are only two drugs available to treat male-pattern baldness, minoxidil and finasteride, but both have side effects and are not always effective.

The team of researchers conducted experiments where they applied the substance to human hair follicles donated by hair transplant patients.

Half of British men can expect to lose their hair by the time they turn 50, with hair loss largely in their genes.

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.

The scientists discovered that the drug reduces the expression of a protein that blocks the growth of hair follicles. But among its many side effects, CsA is also linked to increased hair growth, which peaked the interest of Hawkshaw and colleagues and the University of Manchester. The only other alternative open to individuals facing hair loss is transplantation process.

Hair-challenged men of the world may have a reason to celebrate in the future: Researchers have found what they think could be a possible cure for baldness.

The study was published on Tuesday, May 8.

Those that had been treated with the drug showed a significant growth after two days.

Day, who was not involved in the study, said she's seen "many strides" in hair loss research over the past decade with research focused on both the immune system and genetics.

CsA often has severe side-effects, the least serious - but most interesting - of which is that it enhances cosmetically unwanted hair growth.

"Although our study was small, it provides crucial evidence that JAK inhibitors may constitute the first effective treatment for people with alopecia areata", said Dr Julian Mackay-Wiggan, associate professor at Columbia University and a dermatologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

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