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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 09:50 PM

Clue to male baldness discovered

A biological clue to male baldness has been discovered, raising the prospect of a treatment to stop or even reverse thinning hair.

In studies of bald men and laboratory mice, US scientists pinpointed a protein that triggers hair loss.

Drugs that target the pathway are already in development, they report in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

The research could lead to a cream to treat baldness.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17457098

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Reply Clue to male baldness discovered (Original post)
limpyhobbler Mar 2012 OP
tech_smythe Mar 2012 #1
loli phabay Jul 2012 #7
ZenLefty Mar 2012 #2
Warren DeMontague Jun 2012 #3
limpyhobbler Jul 2012 #4
lumberjack_jeff Jul 2012 #5
Warren DeMontague Jul 2012 #6
lumberjack_jeff Sep 2012 #9
Herington Sep 2012 #8

Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 10:06 PM

1. but then we'd loose greats like Jean luc picard!

 

and can we trigger it with cream?
that'd make shaving a thing of the past
oh my, gotta show my bf this!!!!!

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Response to tech_smythe (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 02:59 AM

7. reply

 

you would be rich if you could get cream to forever lose hair, personally i like wigs better anyway

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 09:59 AM

2. I always thought it was the gilette razor in my shower.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 04:32 PM

3. I wonder what the evolutionary driver would be for something like that

Or is it just a glitch.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #3)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 04:24 PM

4. Probably because the sunlight reflecting off the bald heads would blind opponents in combat,

for a selective advantage.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 02:20 PM

5. Ear hair is a glitch. n/t

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Wed Jul 4, 2012, 02:15 AM

6. I think it's because crafty real estate agents have been selling those follicles

On packing up and moving to the ears, nose, and back.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #6)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 12:38 PM

9. Seriously.

It's like the top of my head is a bad neighborhood or something.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 09:30 AM

8. Baldness

Hope for the hairless as reactivating follicle stem cells could cure baldness - http://baldness.webs.com - the researchers also found that the precursor fat cells were producing a platelet-derived growth factor at 100 times the level of surrounding cells that appeared to be kick-starting the follicles to grow hair. Injecting the growth factor into the skin of defective mice could trigger hair growth in 86% of follicles.

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