Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

English researchers reckon they've found a potential cure for baldness

English researchers reckon they've found a potential cure for baldness

Scientists have discovered that drugs created to treat osteoporosis, can be used as a tool to prevent baldness, reports the BBC.

Dr. Nathan Hawkshaw, lead author of the new study and a researcher at the University of Manchester, said the discovery could "make a real difference to people who suffer from hair loss".

Two drugs are now known to treat male-pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia: minoxidil and finasteride.

Exploring other possible options, Hawkshaw and his colleagues discovered that the drug WAY-316606 reduces expression of a protein called SFRP1.

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The protein that regulates and affects tissues and hair follicles is SFRP1.

The osteroporosis drug - known as WAY-316606 - stimulated follicles to sprout growing hairs by targeting a protein that plays a key role in baldness.

The drug was actually originally created to treat transplant patients, to suppress transplant rejection and autoimmune diseases.

The researchers said clinical trials are needed to test the safety and effectiveness of this drug and similar compounds.

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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.

If this could be developed into an effective treatment, then it could have a significant impact on those suffering from hair loss, which for many can cause psychological and mental distress. Propecia - President Donald Trump's hair loss drug of choice - comes with a few inconvenient side effects, including a loss in libido.

Cyclosporine A is a drug used to treat autoimmune diseases and enhances hair growth as a side effect.

In experiments, follicles provided by over 40 patients going through hair transplant surgery were given the osteoporosis drug for 6 Days. However, they decided not to go ahead with its application as a hair growth stimulator owing to its other side effects.

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"This makes our research clinically very relevant, as many hair research studies only use cell culture". As of now, the most effective treatment for balding is opting for a hair transplantation surgery.

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