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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 Bostlabs on 5/22/2013 10:28:49 AM , Rating: 3
I no longer care.

My hair has been steadily on the decline since my 20's. I'm in my 50's now and just shave, what little is left, off.

For the younger guys it may be something. But if is is just treatment, meaning like forever, it may not be worth the cost.

RE: Meh!
By fic2 on 5/22/2013 1:27:32 PM , Rating: 2
Mine started going in my 30s. In my 50s now and shave it. My gf said that is why she was attracted to me. Her 9 yo daughter wonders why I don't have hair (I tell her that I have to concentrate so it doesn't grow) and that I should grow it. Every time her mom says, "No!".

Anyway, I have even thought about laser treatment to permanently get rid of it but know that as soon as I do a cure/treatment will come out. Not sure that I would go for it (especially if it was a lifetime treatment) but would hate to have the option shut out.

RE: Meh!
By Lord 666 on 5/22/2013 2:45:35 PM , Rating: 2
Captain Jean-Luc Picard didn't care either... and they had the cure for a long time.

RE: Meh!
By rountad on 5/22/2013 3:12:22 PM , Rating: 3
Couldn't have been too long because Captain Kirk had a toupee!

RE: Meh!
By maugrimtr on 5/23/2013 11:24:42 AM , Rating: 2
Even Dr. House never figured out a cure. He spent 8 years making sure cameras never got a direct shot of the back of his head where a grey animal apparently died.

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