Researchers just came up with a new way to save us from hair loss. Don’t underestimate the impact of androgenic alopecia (hereditary hair loss) in men and women. Propecia (finasteride) has offered some hope for our male patients, but now there is something really cool on the horizon.
Here are four facts about what’s ahead for treating hair loss:
1. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania say they've gotten closer to being able to use stem cells to treat thinning hair (at least in mice.) That’s a start.
2. For the first time, this group of scientists has made epithelial stem cells that are capable of generating hair follicles.
3. These cells also have other potential benefits including wound healing.
4. These epithelial stem cells were mixed with certain other cells and implanted into mice. They produced the outermost layers of skin cells and follicles that are similar to human hair follicles, according to the study, published in the journal Nature Communications. These cells might eventually help regenerate hair in people.
Stay tuned, there is new hope for reversal of hair loss.
- Dr. O
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