Health & Fitness Could A Cure For Male Pattern Baldness Be On The Horizon?

07:55  10 may  2018
07:55  10 may  2018 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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Could a REAL cure for baldness be on the horizon ? Medical research company Samumed said it completed trial of new a drug. The drug, called SM04554, is designed to treat male pattern baldness .

Male - pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss affecting around half of all men by 50 years of age. But there could be a cure for baldness on the horizon after a new drug was discovered.

  Could A Cure For Male Pattern Baldness Be On The Horizon? © Provided by Shutterstock Baldness could be a thing of the past thanks to a new drug shown to enhance hair growth.

Researchers from the University of Manchester’s Centre for Dermatology Research found the drug, originally designed as a treatment for osteoporosis, has a “dramatic stimulatory effect” on human hair follicles donated by patients undergoing hair transplantation surgery.

Currently only two drugs - minoxidil and finasteride - are available for treatment of male-pattern baldness. However, both drugs have moderate side effects and often produce disappointing hair regrowth results, the researchers said. The only other option available to patients is hair transplantation surgery.

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Male pattern baldness affects over half of men to some extent over the age of 50 and most men at some stage in their lives. But that could soon come to an end, as scientists now believe that they could cure the condition altogether.

Researchers have found a source of signals that trigger hair growth, which could lead to breakthroughs in new treatments for baldness . A male birth control shot may be on the horizon , and may provide competition for another product being tested — the male pill.

The PhD project, led by Dr Nathan Hawkshaw, sought to develop new ways to promote human hair growth.

The researchers began by looking at the drug Cyclosporine A (CsA), which has been used in the treatment of autoimmune diseases for decades and has a number of side effects, one of which is hair growth.

a man talking on a cell phone © Gary Burchell via Getty Images Upon analysing the drug, the researchers found CsA reduces the protein SFRP1 in the body, which inhibits the growth of hair follicles.

After some detective work, Dr Hawkshaw found that a compound originally developed to treat osteoporosis, called WAY-316606, targets the same mechanism as CsA by specifically reducing SFRP1.

When he then treated hair follicles with WAY-316606, the compound worked like CsA to enhance human hair growth, but without the other side effects.

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A male birth control shot may be on the horizon , and may provide competition for another product being tested — the male pill. Stem cell might be behind baldness . A Cure for Male Pattern Baldness ?

A male birth control shot may be on the horizon , and may provide competition for another product being tested — the male pill. Male pattern baldness affects one in three men. Currently, there is no cure , but the hair follicles in people with alopecia remain alive, meaning that growth can come

“The fact this new agent, which had never even been considered in a hair loss context, promotes human hair growth is exciting because of its translational potential: it could one day make a real difference to people who suffer from hair loss,” Dr Hawkshaw commented.

“Clearly though, a clinical trial is required next to tell us whether this drug or similar compounds are both effective and safe in hair loss patients.”

The study is published online in journal PLOS Biology.

Related: 17 Reasons Your Hair Is Thinning (provided by Mom.me)

Genetics: Thinning hair is pretty common. One in four women will experience it, often starting in her twenties. More than 90 percent of those who find their hair has begun to thin have to look no further than their own parents. Of the two types of hair thinning—hereditary and non-hereditary—nearly all cases are due to DNA and not environmental factors. 17 Reasons Your Hair Is Thinning

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