Study Reveals That New Pill Could Be Set To 'Cure' Baldness
Wills, Harry, Dwayne, Vin - fear no more because there is finally a cure for those follically challenged. Yes, a fix for baldness is edging closer.
So, if you're a bloke who's been combing everything over for way too long this daily pill could be right up your street.
A study revealed that it could reverse both baldness and hair turning white caused by high-fat and high-cholesterol food.
Apparently, the compound halted the production of certain fats called glycosphingolipids, or GSLs, that are major components of skin and other cell membranes.
The Sun reported that mice which were fed a fatty, bad diet were more likely to have hair discolouration from black to grey to white, extensive hair loss and inflammation of skin exhibited by multiple wounds.
But this new drug reversed these symptoms.
However, US scientists at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, warned that the same effect may not happen in humans. We knew it was too good to be true.
But the findings shed light on possible ways to address hair loss and skin wounds in humans with oral or topical medications.
Prof Subroto Chatterjee told journal Scientific Reports: "Our findings show that a Western diet causes hair loss, hair whitening and skin inflammation in mice.
"Hopefully someday this can mean faster, more effective recovery from baldness, hair whitening and wound healing."
Back in May, researchers from Manchester University found that WAY-316606, a treatment that was initially used to treat people suffering from osteoporosis, also blocks one of the proteins that is thought to cause baldness in men and caused an increase in hair growth within a short space of time, just two days.
Dr Nathan Hawkshaw, who led the team, said: "The fact this new agent, which had never even been considered in a hair loss context, promotes human hair growth is exciting because of its translational potential. It could one day make a real difference to people who suffer from hair loss.
"I'm very optimistic it could work. In lab tests, the drug started promoting growth in hair follicles in just two days - that's pretty quick. We are looking at using it as a topical treatment, a gel or shampoo that could reach the follicle."
The research was based on a study that took in 40 men who were suffering from baldness. They took the drug and saw positive results within days.
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