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Mar 22, 2012

Scientists Have Worked Out How to Stop You Going Bald

Going bald is the one big vanity concern among most men. But relax, it doesn't need to be that way; scientists have just worked out exactly why men go bald, and already have a way to stop it happening.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have been testing the scalps of men with male pattern baldness. They've discovered that tissue in bald areas has three times the concentration of a fatty compound called Prostaglandin—PGD2 to its buddies. The research is published in Science Transnational Medicine.

Fortunately, there are already 10 drugs available that can block the receptor that allows PGD2 to work—which means it shouldn't be too long before a baldness treatment, in the form of a cream or ointment, is available. Speaking to The Telegraph, Professor George Cotsarelis, one of the researchers, said:
"Our findings should lead directly to new treatments for the most common cause of hair loss in men."
Apparently, the next step is to establish whether similar treatments could work for women. Let's hope so! More here.

10 comments:

Miami Design said...

Sweet! Now just to get that immortality cure going...

R said...

Very interesting!

YeamieWaffles said...

This is great news. I'm seriously scared of losing my hair so any advancements towards preventing this is great in my mind.

Stormtrooper said...

But what if someone is already bald? ;_;

That Random Guy said...

Wow, now that is interesting. However, this can't help turn around people already balding I assume?

Trolske said...

What happens if you use it on areas where normally just a few hairs would grow? Or put the stuff on your face to get a badass beard.

Adam said...

I dont' have to worry for genetics is my friend

Anonymous said...

unfortunately it's a little too late for me >.<

anthony stemke said...

An interesting article.

Jim said...

Great great finding! I love new findings.