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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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RE: So....
By cmart on 5/22/2013 9:12:26 AM , Rating: 5
Yes, but it gives you asthma.


RE: So....
By GulWestfale on 5/22/2013 9:16:25 AM , Rating: 1
hair removal creams already exist (veet, for example). i use them regularly, but as they are acid-based, it isn't recommended to use them on one's head or genital area. so i still own a razor...

as for a "cure" for baldness: i never knew baldness was a disease.


RE: So....
By cmart on 5/22/2013 9:21:46 AM , Rating: 5
It is a common and disfiguring disease. I can show you before and after pictures that are more harrowing than 'faces of meth.'


RE: So....
By Asetha on 5/22/2013 9:39:29 AM , Rating: 2
I used Veet on my brother during his bachelor party. We got him extremely drunk, and when he passed out we put Veet all over 1 of his legs, and left the other alone.

He looked awesome on the beach during his honeymoon.


RE: So....
By SeeManRun on 5/22/2013 10:33:30 AM , Rating: 2
It isn't a disease. It's a disorder which can be cured or treated like diseases can.


RE: So....
By Jeffk464 on 5/22/2013 10:38:17 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
as for a "cure" for baldness: i never knew baldness was a disease.


Hair has a purpose, it keeps your head warm during the winter and keeps your head from from getting fried in the summer.


RE: So....
By BRB29 on 5/22/2013 11:31:36 AM , Rating: 2
also protect you from damages and impacts.


RE: So....
By Argon18 on 5/28/2013 10:25:12 AM , Rating: 2
It also keeps the testes warm.


RE: So....
By Azethoth on 5/23/2013 12:37:48 AM , Rating: 5
That's why Prescott Pharmaceuticals mixes in an asthma cure as well. Side effects include: whooping hairball cough, dense jungle butt and palm dreadlocks.


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