Cure For Baldness Could Be on Store Shelves within Two Years
May 22, 2013 8:29 AM
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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.
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5/22/2013 9:24:40 PM
There's already a cure for baldness on the market. It's called finasteride. Been available for years.
RE: Already Exists
5/23/2013 6:31:53 AM
Problem with finasteride is it's not safe, since it can cause permanent negative side effects.
Reported side effected related to finasteride include:
Erectile dysfunction (impotence)
Lower ejaculatory volume
Abnormal sexual function
Gynecomastia - development of male breasts
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