Baldness Cure (for Men & Women) in 2 years?
A lotion that cures male-pattern baldness could be for sale in as little as two years. University of Pennsylvania dermatologist George Cotsarelis says the lotion works by inhibiting a single enzyme, prostaglandin D2 (PGD2), which he says is the "major" enzyme connected to hair loss.
And the cure would also extend to men of all ages who have already lost their hair.
"We really do think if you remove the inhibition, you get longer hair," Cotsarelis told the journal Science Translational Medicine.
Cotsarelis and his team of researchers first applied the lotion to mice and found that it was effective in both stopping hair loss and in regenerating follicles that had already ceased to produce longer hairs.
"During normal follicle cycling in mice, Ptgds and PGD2 levels increase immediately preceding the regression phase, suggesting an inhibitory effect on hair growth," the study reads. "We show that PGD2 inhibits hair growth in explanted human hair follicles and when applied topically to mice."
Cotsarelis says he is currently shopping the lotion to several U.S. drug firms and hopes the product can be sold publicly in the near future.
He says that there are already prescription antiasthma drugs available, which work by reducing PGD2 levels. The presence of those treatments should help accelerate the baldness cure's availability in stores. The transition from discovery to potential product has already been a rapid one, as the study results were only first announced in March.
"I can't see why we won't soon be able to intervene to prevent hair loss," Des Tobin, the director of the University of Bradford Centre for Skin Sciences told the Telegraph, calling the study "a big step forward."
|by Bruce Willis||reply 43||06/19/2014|
They're waiting until I'm completely bald before they put the cure out there.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 2||09/03/2012|
This is a definite step forward. Usually a baldness cure is about 5 or 10 years away from tomorrow, and tomorrow never comes.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 3||09/03/2012|
Great news for us eldergays ... eventually. Considering the market for this, it will be hugely expensive as long as the patents last.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 5||09/03/2012|
"it will be hugely expensive"
If it truly works (and not just Propecia-like effectiveness), then people will complain about the price, but pay. They'll mortgage their homes and pay.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 6||09/03/2012|
WEHT the stem cell cure? I've been waiting for that for 5 years already.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 7||09/03/2012|
if you've seen jason alexander lately, I think he got in on the trials.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 8||09/03/2012|
Great. Wake me when they cure cancer.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 9||09/03/2012|
I, for one, am not celebrating this. I love a bald man.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 10||09/03/2012|
Will it work on a completely bald head or is it like Propecia where it would only keep the hair you have?
|by Bruce Willis||reply 12||09/03/2012|
Yes, R6, those who can certainly will.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 13||09/03/2012|
What the drug company will do is set the price so it is high enough for them to make an obscene profit, and just high enough for consumers to reluctantly but willing pay the price.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 14||09/03/2012|
Did you read the article, R13?
[quote]And the cure would also extend to men of all ages who have already lost their hair.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 15||09/03/2012|
Tutti a tavola a pettinarsi!
|by Bruce Willis||reply 16||09/03/2012|
OK that was strange. At R15 I seem to be replying to myself at R13 with an unrelated comment, but I swear there was another post I was responding to that isn't showing up for me now. Maybe the board will sort itself out soon.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 17||09/03/2012|
If it's based on an existing drug then a generic version could possibly be made.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 18||09/03/2012|
Here's the positive and negative part:
1) Positive: The drug is already being prescribed in pill form to treat other conditions. It's passed the FDA review, so it might be faster to get it approved in lotion form. It's not some new, unknown drug.
2) Negative: No human trials, no concrete results, just a university-affiliated dermatologist shopping around a drug/cure to big drug companies.
So we can remain hopeful, but skeptical until trials on humans are performed.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 19||09/03/2012|
I like male-pattern baldness
|by Bruce Willis||reply 20||09/03/2012|
I'm going to buy a jug of the stuff and force my way into porn studios to lather up all those barren crotches.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 21||09/03/2012|
Yeah, but the side effects will be that you're balls shrivel down to raisinette size.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 22||09/03/2012|
I guess I understand this but I'm kind of shocked that so many view this as a great thing.
I think that bald or partially bald men are really handsome.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 23||09/03/2012|
No, I didn't read the article. TL;DR.
What did it say?
|by Bruce Willis||reply 24||09/03/2012|
Who cares, I don't need it.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 25||09/03/2012|
One's doctor knows which asthma drugs are described in the artcle. No one needs to wait for the high priced lotion. I've used minoxodil for 28 years and started when I had to buy the pills and have the pharmacist compound the stuff in a solution.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 26||09/03/2012|
It'll cause cancer. Don't you worry 'bout that!
|by Bruce Willis||reply 27||09/05/2012|
[quote]We really do think if you remove the inhibition, you get longer hair,"
That's all the proof I need...somebody who THINKS something will work without any scientific data proving it. As long as someone thinks it then it is a fact!
|by Bruce Willis||reply 29||09/05/2012|
There have been lots of new medicines, promising miracle results for many problems, that never work.
If they have genuinely invented a medication to reverse pattern baldness, buy stock in the company, it is a practically a license to print money.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 30||09/06/2012|
A cure for baldness? I didn't know it was a disease.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 31||09/06/2012|
I just use the other end of my NO NO for more hair.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 32||09/08/2012|
It would be great thing if it happens in near future. People are wondering really whether there is a proper treatment for baldness cure or not.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 33||03/25/2013|
Thicker bushes too? They thin as you age as well.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 34||03/25/2013|
R7, I think PRP uses stem cells. Most people say it doesn't work though.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 35||03/25/2013|
will probably be as successful as that weight loss cureall, Alli.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 36||03/25/2013|
If a hair falls out (you don't see it on the head) is there still a little hair present there under the skin.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 37||03/27/2013|
Does it work on body hair?
|by Bruce Willis||reply 38||03/27/2013|
I'm on my way. See you tomorrow.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 39||03/27/2013|
Hairless Man Grows Full Head Of Hair In Yale Arthritis Drug Trial
|by Bruce Willis||reply 40||06/19/2014|
r40 I really can't tell without seeing him smile.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 42||06/19/2014|
R40, the patient had alopecia, not arthritis.
|by Bruce Willis||reply 43||06/19/2014|