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The Latest Baldness Remedy Could Already Exist
by April Maguire
Without question, hair loss is one of the most common medical issues in the world. On average, more than 80% of men will experience a noticeable amount of hair loss in their lifetimes, and the numbers are roughly the same for women. That means there are a lot of potential customers out there for a guaranteed cure, and yet surprisingly scientists have yet to come up with one.
Sure, there are over-the-counter treatments, such as Rogaine and Propecia. But the results with these treatments are unreliable, they can randomly stop working at any time, and they require people to use them every single day in order to see reliable results. Alternatively, there are more reliable procedures like hair transplantation surgery or platelet-rich plasma injections, but these treatments are prohibitively costly, so they're not for everyone.
There has to be a better way to treat hair loss. And amazingly, this new treatment may already exist.
Unintended Side Effects
Medical scientists often discover that treatments have unintended side effects. Famously, Viagra was originally intended to be a blood pressure drug, until researchers discovered that the drug had another noticeable effect. Similarly, scientists and drug companies are always looking for different uses for existing products.
To that end, a team of researchers at the University of Manchester's Centre for Dermatology Research began testing an osteoporosis medication, WAY-316606, to see what effect it might have on hair growth. For the test, the researchers applied WAY-316606 to hair transplant samples from a local transplant surgeon. These samples were used as cultures, and after the introduction of WAY-316606, researchers found that the drug did encourage the growth of new hair follicles.
Why an Osteoporosis Drug?
The researchers didn't decide to test WAY-316606 at random. Instead, their search for an alternative cure for hair loss began by looking at what medications caused hair growth as a side effect. Of all the options available, the team was most intrigued by an immunosuppressive treatment called cyclosporine A. Through testing, the researchers determined that CsA limited the growth of a protein called SFRP1, which itself limits the growth of new hairs. Once the team learned how CsA promoted hair production, their task was to find a drug with fewer side effects that impaired the SFRP1 protein in the same way. Ultimately, they found that WAY-316606 was the best choice.
So you may be wondering when WAY-316606 will be available to treat hair loss. Sadly, we still have a long way to go. Next, the team will have to move on to human trials, since the tests thus far have been done with scalp cultures. If those tests prove successful, then they'll start the long journey to getting WAY-316606 approved as a hair loss cure.
In short, we're still in store for a long wait. But that doesn't change the fact that a viable cure for hair loss could already be out there.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hair loss and how to treat it, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!