CLUE TO MALE BALDNESS DISCOVERED.
Clue to male baldness discovered
Half of men have thinning hair by 50
Fatty skin cell clue to baldness
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.
Most men start to go bald in middle age, with about 80% of men having some hair loss by the age of 70.
The male sex hormone testosterone plays a key role, as do genetic factors. They cause the hair follicles to shrink, eventually becoming so small that they are invisible, leading to the appearance of baldness. <SNIP>
- CLUE TO MALE BALDNESS DISCOVERED. - WhiteKnight, 2012-03-22, 07:33
- CLUE TO MALE BALDNESS DISCOVERED. - Vealer, 2012-03-22, 09:02