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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 bosox04 on 5/23/2013 3:36:07 PM , Rating: 2
Cure for baldness? This is only going to help "somewhat" for people who just started losing their hair. This is not a cure for baldness. Besides, clinical trials will start in 2 years, it's not coming out in 2 years. Cure for baldness? Nah, should say Cure for early hair loss.




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By kyleb2112 on 5/27/2013 12:49:14 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly. People with shiny-head baldness like George Costanza have no follicles up there left to treat.


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