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A cure for baldness could be the golden egg for big pharmaceutical companies

Men all around the world suffering from male pattern baldness should be ecstatic to hear that scientists believe within two years a cure for baldness will be on store shelves. While the cure may appeal mostly to men, the fix for thinning hair will likely be appropriate for women as well.

For people suffering from baldness, the follicles still make hair, but in smaller amounts compared to years past. The scientists say that hair gets shorter and shorter until the hairs are barely visible or don't break the surface of the skin.

According to scientists involved with the research, talks are already underway with pharmaceutical companies to make a product that would be a lotion designed to halt the effects of a single enzyme. Earlier this year, dermatologists from the U.S. announced that they had located an enzyme called prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) that is responsible for telling hair follicles to stop producing hair.
During the research, scientist George Cotsarelis, head of dermatology at Pennsylvania University, and his team determined that and 17 men participating in their study who had hair loss also had PGD2 levels were three times higher in bald spots than in areas producing hair.

According to the scientists, drugs designed to reduce the levels of PGD2 are already available on the market because that same enzyme has been implicated in asthma attacks.
There is no doubt that the market for such a product would be huge, as four out of five men will experience some degree of baldness by age 70.

Source: Telegraph

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By rdhood on 5/22/2013 8:49:18 AM , Rating: 4
The pharmaceutical industry has been promising this for years. Every time they have a product that will grow hair on a billiard ball, we find out that it works on some small single digit percentage of men.... kind of.

IOW, we have heard this song and dance before. I'll believe it when it happens.

By Reclaimer77 on 5/22/2013 9:09:40 AM , Rating: 3
Hey I'm glad they're working on it.

My crows nest started thinning in my late 20's! Now I have to keep my head shaved, which is a pretty rockin' look, but would be awesome to have my thick curly 'guido' hair back.

If they've truly identified this compound as the culprit to hair loss, fantastic! Finding the problem is step 1, step 2 is fixing it.

By Spuke on 5/22/2013 10:04:14 AM , Rating: 2
Me too! I'm just starting to thin out in the front. It would be awesome to stop it just as it's getting started.

By Cheesew1z69 on 5/22/2013 11:31:23 AM , Rating: 2
I knew someone who went bald by 16... it was pretty crazy.

By FF22 on 5/22/2013 9:10:29 AM , Rating: 1
The worst is: the pharmaceutical probably already has a cure for baldness, for decades now. The problem is: the pharmaceutical industry isn't interested in providing a cure. It's interested in providing a treatment. And that's the hard part: provide some drug, that when applied regularly treats the condition, but when stopped also let's the condition to return. That's why most drugs in this area fail. And that's why drugs are called drugs. Because they're supposed to be addictive, thus guaranteeing continous profit for the meg pharm corps.

By Kurz on 5/22/2013 9:17:12 AM , Rating: 3

By 91TTZ on 5/22/2013 9:26:19 AM , Rating: 5
Yeah, I'm sure they keep it right next to the cure for AIDS and Moon landing hoax tapes.

Save your lame conspiracy theories for another forum.

By Strunf on 5/23/2013 7:58:20 AM , Rating: 2
The thing is baldness is probably mostly genetic so unless you start speaking of genetic therapy there will never be a permanent cure but only temporary fixes, even in this case it will probably be something that works on that specific enzyme but since we keep producing it chances are we would need to apply the treatment on a daily/weekly bases.

It's true the pharmaceuticals are more interested in thing temporary fixes however if the find a permanent fix they will sell it anyways, this cause if you have found it someone else may find it too and you may end up being caught off guard.

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