Scientists develop potential cure for baldness
Nearly half of all men are impacted by male-pattern-baldness by the time they reach 50
A team of American scientists say they might have found a cure for baldness using stem cells to grow human hair, British newspaper The Independent has reported.
Nearly half of all men are impacted by male-pattern-baldness by the time they reach 50 - while women, although rare seem to experience the condition through the menopause, the newspaper added. Hair loss happens throughout your life, but it becomes a problem when the follicles that produce new hair become less effective.
Alopecia is not life threatening, but it can have a seriously detrimental impact on a person’s self-confidence. But this could soon be a thing of the past thanks to the work of scientists at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in San Diego, California.
Previous efforts to find a cure were mostly ineffective, as scientists attempted to recreate the hair producing dermal papilla cell in a culture. But in trials carried out on rats, papilla grown using stem cells has been proven to work.
"Our stem cell method provides an unlimited source of cells from the patient for transplantation and isn't limited by the availability of existing hair follicles," Alexey Terskikh, an associate professor at Sanford-Burnham, told The Telegraph.
And he said the next step would be to try the method out on humans.