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  1. Move follows recent patent application for topical prescription-grade treatment. DS Healthcare Group, Inc, a leading developer of personal care products, today announced it is preparing to submit to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) an Investigational New Drug Application (IND) for its proprietary topical hair loss treatment. On October 29, 2013 the Company had announced it filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the invention. An IND is a request for the FDA's authorization to administer an investigational drug to humans and is the first step towards designing and conducting clinical trials in the U.S. DS Healthcare is currently in late stage discussions with various clinical research organizations (CROs) to design and conduct clinical trials for its breakthrough hair loss treatment. "The highly lucrative prescription market for hair loss treatments currently does not serve the needs of many patients. Regulatory approval, plus our patent-pending technology would expand our leadership position in hair loss therapies," stated DS Healthcare President and CEO Daniel Khesin. Full article
  2. Former boy band star mans up about follicular restoration alongside a Brady Bunch alum 'N Sync member Joey Fatone is the new spokesperson for hair restoration company Bosley — yes, one of those places with the "order now" television ads starring famous-ish people. Oh look! There's one of those above! And the boy band alum isn't the only dude in the clip. Therein, worlds collide as The Brady Bunch middle kid Christopher "Peter" Knight also has very enthusiastic things to say about his awesome head of hair. To be fair, it's a pretty brave move for any dude. "Performing in front of a live audience can be pretty intimidating, so having a full head of hair was important to me," said Fatone in a Bosley release, shedding light on the still largely unexplored behind-the-scenes of 'N Sync's salad days. "Back then, I was the only one in the group getting thinner on top and I started wearing hats. It was pretty intimidating. That's life, but the beautiful thing is that now you can do something about it. The answer for me was going to Bosley where lots of celebrities go." Complete article
  3. Company's first move into pursuing prescription hair loss treatment market. DS Healthcare Group, Inc, a leading developer of personal care products, today announced it has filed a patent application titled, "Compositions and Methods for Treatment of Hair Loss," with the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office. The patent application addresses DS Healthcare's proprietary formulations that stimulate hair growth and reduce hair loss in men and women through treatments delivered topically. "We believe there is tremendous unmet demand for an effective prescription grade hair loss treatment. Although a few other prescription products have been launched for this indication in the past decades, they have either been less effective than users would prefer, or have been coupled been side effects that most users have found to be unacceptable," stated DS Healthcare President and CEO Daniel Khesin. "Having already generated millions of dollars providing over-the-counter shampoos and other topical hair growth products, we know this market and we believe our proprietary prescription-grade formulation holds promise for the millions of people looking to preserve their hair growth." Full Article
  4. According to the American Hair Loss Association, women comprise 40 percent of the population that experience hair loss, approximately 20 million women. There are many different reasons for hair loss in women and the impact on emotional well being is devastating. A non­ surgical and much less invasive solution is now available and offers women a reliable treatment for their hair loss. Northwest Hair Restoration in Tacoma, WA is the only practice in the Pacific Northwest to offer the much talked about Acell + PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Injection that regenerates hair by activating stem cells in dormant hair follicles. Dr. Robert Niedbalski, medical director and a hair transplant surgeon for Northwest Hair Restoration, has conducted considerable research using ACell + PRP as an alternative to hair transplant surgery. He has presented internationally to peers and colleagues regarding ACell + PRP and its effectiveness regenerating hair for men and women with hereditary or other types of hair loss. Dr. Niedbalski has also trained other physicians in the application of ACell + PRP. ACell is an FDA approved wound­healing powder that when suspended in the patient’s own PRP and injected into the scalp, improves hair follicle stem cell function. Within six months, patients see remarkable hair growth where previously the hairs were wispy and thin. For patients in the early to moderate stages of hair loss, the hair growth results after an ACell + PRP injection are significant and last for three – five years. Periodic follow up booster injections are a great way to maintain new hair growth and prevent additional loss. Because women with hereditary hair loss are often not good candidates for hair transplantation, ACell + PRP offers an exciting new option to help thicken hair for easier styling, decreasing scalp visibility, and stabilizing shedding. Full article
  5. When it comes to hair Kiwis are vain and judgemental, a new study shows. The Nioxin National Hair report reveals New Zealanders would prefer to put on weight than lose their precious locks. Trichologist and hair loss expert, Geurt Renzenbrink told onenews.co.nz it is because hair is a factor in relationships, friendships and social events. "Young Kiwis like to look and feel good." More than two-thirds of respondents say they would rather put on 2 kgs than lose hair. "It is especially true for women, with as many as 87% preferring to plump up than go thin on top," said Renzenbrink. Just under half think losing hair makes them look ill, and 60% believe people perceive them as looking older. Renzenbrink said the trend is more evident in young people. "There appears to be a greater concern for this problem in recent years as issues with appearance become more important especially with young people. "They feel embarrassed and in particular worried about what friends might be saying about it behind their back." He said images in the media have a part to play in highlighting these concerns. Complete article
  6. As salon professionals, it's not uncommon to hear about clients' hair loss concerns--from a client suffering with alopecia or undergoing cancer treatments, to aging clients with thinning hair issues, to medication-induced hair loss--no doubt you've had to educate yourself to help your clients through this painful experience. Lucinda Ellery is working hard to help clients with Trichotillomania, a hair-pulling disorder. But have you ever heard of Trichotillomania, or TTM? Chances are, some of your clients have this condition, but more than likely, they haven't had the courage to speak with you about it or are too embarrassed to visit a salon until their hair grows back. One woman, Lucinda Ellery, is working hard to help her clients suffering from TTM and other hair conditions by offering in depth consultations in a serene and relaxing atmosphere. I interviewed Lucinda about TTM, what she's doing to help clients at her Beverly Hills, California, Lucinda Ellery Consultancy. ALISON SHIPLEY: For our readers who aren’t familiar, what is Trichotillomania and why do professionals need to be aware of this condition? LUCINDA ELLERY: Trichotillomania (also known as TTM) it is a hair-pulling condition and is classified as an Impulse Control Disorder (ICD). It affects mainly women and usually starts around 11 or 12 years of age in which the affected person begins pulling out their hair (it can also occur at just about any age). It’s usually brought on or considered to be brought on by stress, anxiety, boredom or illness. Just about anything can trigger it and it affects about 9 million people in the U.S. While not too much is known about TTM, I think it’s very important for health professionals, and those in the salon business especially, to know it exists as treating someone with this disorder requires a very different approach. AS: How does the consultation process work? LE: When women hear about what we do they make an appointment for an in-person consultation and we spend quite some time discussing their specific hair issues. Every person is unique in their situation and what stage they are at with TTM, we then go over options and discuss the best choice for them. Whether they are completely without hair and require one of our full Signature Intralace Systems, or have patches of missing hair and require less work, we show them what can be done to resolve their hair loss issue. To further demonstrate our work and what we can do for them, we show photo examples of the work we have done to give potential clients an idea of how we can be of service. Our goal is to help them grow back their hair naturally and to make them look and feel as beautiful as possible. Complete article
  7. The results of a national survey, conducted by DHI Hair Restoration about the level of hair loss experienced by Irish men, have highlighted that 51 per cent of young Connacht men (under 30) claim to be experiencing hair loss. The survey also revealed the extent of the psychological impact of male hair loss, with 24 per cent of those surveyed in Connacht claiming that their confidence is badly affected, particularly in social situations due to the issue. The survey highlights that hair loss concerns a high proportion of Irish men at a relatively young age and a massive 71 per cent of those surveyed in Connacht are reluctant to talk about this issue with their peers. Interestingly an optimistic 90 per cent of Connacht men rely on their personality and claim it to be the most important factor in attracting members of the opposite sex. Some of the key findings of the national survey highlight that 75 per cent of under 35s feel less attractive to the opposite sex due to hair loss, 49 per cent of men who experience hair loss do so before they reach 30, 49 per cent of under 35s would seek treatment for their hairloss if their partner wanted them to, and eight in 10 men report their father also suffers hair loss. Complete hair loss article
  8. A team of researchers in Japan has discovered that VD3, a super-active form of Vitamin D, boosts stem cells to enhance and maintain their ability to induce hair growth. This new study, reported in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine, builds upon previous studies that have demonstrated how dermal papilla cells (DPCs) can stimulate epithelial stem cells to become hair. “We had already discovered how VD3 increases the transforming growth factor TGF-ß2 and alkali-phosphatase activity — two essential features of hair-inducing DPCs. This time we focused on VD3’s therapeutic potency and values for hair regeneration,” said Kotaro Yoshimura, M.D. “The results suggest that it may be useful in expanding human DPCs with good quality, and help establish a DPC transplantation therapy for growing hair.” Yoshimura and Noriyuki Aoi, M.D., both of the University of Tokyo (UT) School of Medicine, led scientists from UT, Osaka University and the Japan Science and Technology Agency in the investigation. After running more tests on how VD3 affected another crucial element for hair growth called Wnt10b gene expression, they collected DPCs from volunteers who had undergone facelifts, incubated the DPCs with VD3 and then grafted them onto hairless skin samples taken from rats. “We found that treating the dermal papilla cells with VD3 significantly enhanced the growth of new hair over that of the control group,” Dr. Aoi said. “We also observed a better rate of maturation of the follicles. In other words, the hair grew thicker and lasted longer.” “This study may contribute to the development of a cell-based therapy for hair regeneration,” said Anthony Atala, MD, Editor of STEM CELLS Translational Medicine and director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. “The research team shows the potential impact of vitamin D to boost the capacity of certain cells in the skin to form hair.” Complete hair loss article
  9. The Sun is urgently looking for two case studies on hair loss. One is a woman who feels her hair loss was linked to stress caused by the recession, the second a man who feels his hair loss was linked to stress generally. Great payment for taking part, and happy to mention any helpful organisations/forums. Please can you email me ASAP at dianaappleyard@aol.com and ideally attach a photo of yourself when you were going through your hair loss situation. Thanks so much, Diana Appleyard, The Sun.
  10. Guys, An interesting chain of events has lead me to announce here about an upcoming movie about male grooming called " Mansome " directed and produced by Morgan Spurlock ( Supersize me Movie ) I met with Morgan Spurlock one night in London several months ago for a few beers and we hit it off famously. We met through a mutual friend who had informed Morgan about my involvement with the hair loss and HT community along with my own journey and my role and double life in the industry as " Spex". Morgan was keen to meet up a couple of times and find out more about this hidden epidemic of hair loss and the industry generally for his upcoming movie, Mansome. The movie is a documentary and involves several A list celebrities and their grooming habits along with a bunch of everyday guys and their own plights. Names involved that i know of and also had pleasure of meeting one of them are, Zach Galifianakis, Will Arnett, Paul Rudd, Jason Bateman, Morgan etc Morgan was truly fascinated by HT's and mine in particular along with the lengths we hair loss suffers go to to stop, conceal and regrow our hair in order to regain our confidence, identity and self esteem and he found it pretty awesome that HT's could in fact look so natural after rummaging through mine on more than one occasion. I also hooked him up with a couple of other patients in London. He is known to the world as a harsh critic, yet he was genuinely blown away by the hair transplants disclosed to him. Well only a few weeks ago Morgan called me up to discuss ' The Mansome Movie ' further as he wanted to try feature Hair transplants within it as he and his production team felt it appropriate for the movie alongside other relevant segments and suggested an entire piece could well be dedicated to HT's potentially if we were willing to help him. Cut to now... I just returned back from a whistle stop mission to NYC - (i will not bore you with those details) where we filmed an entire day with his team up at Feller Medical and both Dr Feller and I were interviewed at great length for the segment.The day was great and a very long one in order to include everything. Along with interviews with us and with patients, Dr Feller was filmed at work performing surgery too on a UK patient. We very much hope that some of the footage gets used in the movie as it would be awesome and will undoubtedly help educate and inform the masses via the silver screen regarding HT's accurately, once and for all. Morgan and Spex after a few too many beers last month The Mansome movie premiers at The Tribeca Film Festival mid April and Morgan has mentioned if we make the final cut we will get to meet all the stars involved which is really exiting! Keep you all informed. Best SPEX
  11. Research group headed by Professor Takashi Tsuji demonstrates regenerating “functional hair regeneration from adult stem cells” Substantial advance in the development of next-generation of “organ replacement regenerative therapies” Organ replacement regenerative therapy is purported to enable the replacement of organs damaged by disease, injury or aging in the foreseeable future. Here we demonstrate fully functional hair organ regeneration via the intracutaneous transplantation of a bioengineered pelage and vibrissa follicle germ. The pelage and vibrissae are reconstituted with embryonic skin-derived cells and adult vibrissa stem cell region-derived cells, respectively. The bioengineered hair follicle develops the correct structures and forms proper connections with surrounding host tissues such as the epidermis, arrector pili muscle and nerve fibres. The bioengineered follicles also show restored hair cycles and piloerection through the rearrangement of follicular stem cells and their niches. This study thus reveals the potential applications of adult tissue-derived follicular stem cells as a bioengineered organ replacement therapy. Organ replacement regenerative therapy is expected to provide novel therapeutic systems for donor organ transplantation, which is an approach to treating patients who experience organ dysfunction as the result of disease, injury or aging. Concepts in current regenerative therapy include stem cell transplantation and two-dimensional uniform cell sheet technologies, both of which have the potential to restore partially lost tissue or organ function. The development of bioengineered ectodermal organs, such as teeth, salivary glands, or hair follicles may be achieved by reproducing the developmental processes that occur during organogenesis. Ectodermal organs have essential physiological roles and can greatly influence the quality of life by preventing the morbidity associated with afflictions such as caries and hypodontia in teeth10, hyposalivation in the salivary gland, and androgenetic alopecia, which affects the hair. Recently, it has been proposed that a bioengineered tooth can restore oral and physiological function through the transplantation of bioengineered tooth germ and a bioengineered mature tooth unit, which would represent a successful organ-replacement regenerative therapy. The hair coat has important roles in thermoregulation, physical insulation, sensitivity to noxious stimuli, and social communication. In the developing embryo, hair follicle morphogenesis is regulated by reciprocal epithelial and mesenchymal interactions that occur in almost all organs. Complete hair loss article
  12. Hair loss can be a thing of the past thanks to an injection that can help further prevent and even reverse hair loss. Gary Hitzig, M.D., a leading hair restoration specialist and pioneer of the ACell / platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections, now called Hair Rescue injections, has spent years researching and proving that when the wound healing powder ACell MatriStem MicroMatrix is combined with PRP, it can help to both prevent and regenerate hair in men and women experiencing genetic hair loss – all without surgery. Dr. Hitzig discovered that if the MatriStem powder is dissolved in a specialized blood serum rich in the patient’s adult stem cells and injected into the scalp, the combination acts like a hair growth accelerator. The Hair Rescue injection treatment is now available at Prasad Cosmetic Surgery and Medi-Spa through its newly opened Hair Rescue and Restoration center. “Hair Rescue injections finally give men and women a non-surgical option for both preserving and restoring hair by reactivating genetically faulty scalp stem cells,” said Dr. Hitzig. “For those in the early to moderate stages of hair loss, this revolutionary injectable combination of ACell and PRP can help prevent further hair loss and help restore a patient’s hair.” Dr. Hitzig and his partner, Dr. Amiya Prasad, an internationally recognized and four-time board certified cosmetic surgeon, have been seeing patients from all around the world ever since Hitzig’s work with ACell and PRP gained world-wide attention in the field of hair restoration. Many patients see improvement in hair volume in as early as three weeks to six months following Hair Rescue injections in their scalp and in two years, not one patient has needed repeat injections, making this a much more affordable option for improving hair loss. Full hair loss article
  13. A new report highlights a novel way for doctors to replace thinning hairlines: transplanting leg hair. The report, a study of two cases published in The Archives of Dermatology, describes a new procedure in which receding hairlines were restored by taking hair follicles from patients’ legs and grafting them to the head. Men’s leg hair had successfully been transplanted before to the back of the head, but these are believed to be the first documented cases of leg hair being used to restore the hairline. The procedure has the potential to restore the hairlines of millions of men with male pattern baldness, the most common cause ofhair loss and often an enormous source of stress. The condition, also called androgenic alopecia, typically begins at the hairline and eventually creates a horseshoe-shaped pattern of hair around the ears. It stems from a sensitivity — largely genetic — to the effects of hormones on hair follicles. In traditional transplants, hair follicles are taken from an area that runs an inch or two above the ears and temples to the back of the head. Dermatologists can transplant follicles from this area – called the safe donor zone because hair follicles there are impervious to the hormones that cause hair loss – to the front of the head without worrying that the hair that grows from them will fall out. But hair that comes from the back of the head is typically much coarser than the fine hair that grows in front. “If you look at a natural hairline, it’s very soft, like baby hair,” said Dr. Sanusi Umar, an associate instructor of dermatology at the medical school of the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of the new report. “The back of the head is where you find the thickest hair on the head. If you take that hair and use it in the hairline, it can end up looking harsh and pluggy, because the hair is too thick.” Dr. Umar was inspired to develop the procedure in part from personal experience. In 1996, as a medical internist with thinning hair, he underwent a traditional hair transplant procedure but was unhappy with the results. “That inspired me to go into dermatology,” he said. After reading a 2008 report showing it was possible for transplanted leg hair to survive and grow naturally on the back of a man’s head, Dr. Umar realized its potential to create softer, more natural-looking hairlines. “If you transplant leg hair on the head, it’s not going to start acting like head hair. It will still grow shorter and slower than scalp hair,” he said. Complete hair loss article
  14. With recent images of Jude Law emerging sporting a thinning barnet, not to mention Prince William and Wayne Rooney who are well known for their receding hair lines; male hair loss is becoming more and more of a hot topic in the media. Yet, unsurprisingly, it still doesn’t tend to feature as a topic of conversation on most boys nights out; instead hair loss is still considered a taboo subject amongst a significant number of males in the UK. Despite the subject finding its way onto front pages, proving that even the young and famous can find themselves dealing with the prospect of hair loss, a survey commissioned by REGAINE® for Men Foam in the lead up to Valentine’s Day shows that British men are 20% more likely to worry about going bald than finding a long term partner and 50% more likely to worry about hair loss than going bankrupt. Research reveals that 40% of men under 35 are already losing their hair. Yet amazingly, 7 out of 10 men questioned in the survey admitted they do not talk to their friends or partner about going bald, and nearly a quarter of British men who were surveyed admitted the reason that they don’t seek help or advice about hair loss is because they simply don’t believe the treatments work. Aside from invasive options such as Wayne Rooney’s hair transplant, there are other innovative solutions including non-invasive hair loss treatments. If hair loss is affecting your life and impacting on your ability to feel confident this Valentine’s Day then log onto our webTV show where Dr Hilary Jones and hair stylist Mark Woolley will be offering reassurance and positive advice on this growing concern for men and discussing the different and effective options for hair loss treatment. Dr Hilary Jones and hair stylist Mark Woolley join us online at http://regaine.studi...-male-hair-loss on Monday 13th February at 6pm.
  15. http://www.capixylforyourhair.com is offering samples of Hair Demand. We are looking for 10 individuals who are part of a blogging, forum, or social media community to try Hair Demand. These individuals will receive the product free of charge but will be responsible for the cost of shipping. We are requiring you post a bi-weekly video, photos and written testimonial showing your experience while using Hair Demand. If interested email omar@capixylforyourhair.com before February 22, 2012. Please indicate your blogging, forum or social media community and how many members are part of your group. Hair Demand works to control the enzymatic pathway that causes hair loss. It reduces inflammation of the scalp, which can prevent hair to regrow. It also rebuilds the tissues that anchors the hair. It does it with a protein that mimics nature in reconstituting the collagen and other supporting material in and around the hair follicle. This revolutionary hair product which contains DPF with Capixyl™ allows your hair to regrow fast, strong, and healthy. Capixyl™ is an innovative and unique complex designed to prevent and stop the hair loss process and stimulate hair growth. Is a biomimetic peptide (acetyl tetrapeptide-3) combined with a red clover extract rich in Biochanin A. Full hair loss article
  16. Feb 2012 RepliCel Life Sciences, Inc. (REPCF) recently provided an update on its first-in-man clinical trial, TS001-2009, for a potentially revolutionary new treatment for hair loss in men and women. The highly anticipated results from the initial six-month post injection follow-up period are nearly collected. Seventeen of the 19 subjects have had their six-month follow-up visit. During these visits, they had their overall health evaluated, including subjective and objective assessments of the verum and placebo injection sites. Digital pictures were also taken of the scalp injection sites. The remaining two patients will complete their six-month follow-ups by the end of March, while four patients should finish their 12-month follow-ups by that same time. The TS001-2009 study team will be doing thorough reviews of the data available throughout the months of March and April this year. When completed, this will lead to the study being “un-blinded,” so that the analysis team can analyze the collected data. The patients will also continue to be monitored through 2013 for any changes in their overall health. New Treatment With Great Potential At the core of RepliCel’s revolutionary new technology is an innovative process that focuses on the regenerative properties of the dermal sheath cup cells which are found in hair follicles. By extracting the cells from a patient’s healthy hair follicles–typically found in the lower area of the back of the scalp–and replicating them in a proprietary culture medium for several months, the company’s scientific team believes that by re-injecting these replicated cells back into balding areas on the patient’s scalp, they could potentially stimulate hair growth. Complete hair loss article
  17. Just to let you guys know that Feller Medical has launch its NEW website. http://fellermedical.com Best Spex
  18. Mattel is being urged to mass produce a bald Barbie in order to make girls suffering from hair loss feel more attractive and to help children cope with hair loss among friends and relatives. A Facebook campaign designed to encourage Mattel to produce the bald version of the popular doll now has about 6,000 "likes" on its page. The page states that such a Barbie would benefit girls suffering from hair loss due to cancer treatments, alopecia (anautoimmune disease causing hair loss) or trichotillomania (hair loss from pulling or twisting), as well as those who know a female experiencing hair loss. "There's so much emphasis, especially on little girls, on their hair and how they (cancer kids) look," news.com.au quoted Tracey Kidd, whose four-year-old daughter Ruby is being treated for cancer in Australia, as saying. "It's important for them to feel good, especially in hospital." Complete hair loss article
  19. Total Nutraceutical Solutions (TNS) announced today that it has filed a provisional patent entitled: "A Nutritional Approach to the Use of Ergothioneine for Hair and Nail Growth." The patent covers the use of ingestible and topically applied natural and/or synthetic L-Ergothioneine (Ergo) to maintain and improve hair and nail health, growth, and natural coloring. The discovery was made during the recently announced research study with Lifespan Biosciences that is attempting to identify the presence and/or deficiency of the unique and specific Ergothioneine Transporter (human gene symbol SLC22A4) in a wide variety of normal and diseased human tissues. TNS acquired the diagnostic and therapeutic rights to the Ergo Transporter from the University of Cologne in 2010 and has since been working to scientifically validate the physiologic role of Ergo in human health. Scientists have recently provided evidence that oxidative stress, free radicals such as cytokines and inflammation cause hair loss, cellular damage and premature graying. Ergo is a master anti-oxidant that has been proven to reduce or prevent oxidative stress and inflammation and the discovery of significant Ergo Transporter expression within the germinative layer of the cells responsible for hair growth is the first of what the Company hopes will be many Ergo-related technology advancements to be announced in 2012. "This important finding helps explain the positive customer experiences and reports of improved hair and nail growth from our Groh™ nutritional supplement," says Dr. Marvin S. Hausman, CEO of TNS. "Our upcoming human study should further validate the effectiveness of this technology by quantifying the rate as well as quality of hair and nail growth in a clinical setting." Complete hair loss article
  20. People with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy may soon be able to check one side effect off of their list: hair loss. If the claims and study results are as good as they appear to be, patients can wear a cold hat during chemotherapy to prevent their hair from falling out. The claim A cooling cap — marketed under the brand names DigniCap and Penguin Cold Cap — is tightly attached to your head during chemotherapy treatment and sends consistent cooling to all areas of your scalp. The temperature of the cap is about 40 degrees Fahrenheit, which is uncomfortable and may cause headaches, but the side effects are temporary. Because your body temperature will warm up the cap quickly, you may need to replace the cooling caps more than 15 times through one treatment. That depends on the cap — the DigniCap doesn't require changing; the Penguin Cold Cap does. Both caps lower the temperature of your scalp, making the surrounding blood vessels contract. The contractions result in a significant reduction of cytotoxins reaching your hair follicles. Translation: When your scalp is kept at that constant cold temperature during chemotherapy treatments, your hair follicles will absorb fewer of the chemotherapy chemicals that lead to hair loss. The reality A 2010 study by researchers in Finland looked at 64 patients who used the caps. Hair loss was avoided in differing amounts by all of the patients, and only 20 percent of them decided to wear a wig following the treatment, the study found. And a 2003 study at University Hospital in Sweden examined 74 women with breast cancer, endometrial cancer, Hodgkin lymphoma or sarcoma who used the cap. They found that two patients stopped using the cap because it was uncomfortable, but 72 patients saw prevention of hair loss. Neither study was paid for by the cap-makers, though the caps, in some cases, were donated by the company. Though the FDA hasn't given its stamp of approval yet, it did allow an investigational study in the U.S. looking at 20 women with breast cancer. Full hair loss article
  21. Age and genetics are the two most reliable predictors of both female and male hair loss. Now a new study by the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine found that has found that women who had lost a partner through divorce or death were far more likely to have thinning hair than women who were happily married or single. Dr Bahman Guyuron, chairman of the department of plastic surgery at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, has attributed it to high levels of stress. "Most likely, stress is the aspect of a troubling divorce that appears to lead to hair loss among women," The Daily Mail quoted him as telling HealthDay News. Guyuron added that other stressful situations, such as having children, could affect a woman's hairline in the same way. He also found that apart from genetics and stress, excessive drinking and smoking could contribute to women losing their locks. The conclusions were reached after studying 84 female identical twins, who completed lifestyle questionnaires, had hormone blood level testing and extensive photo analysis of their hair. Complete hair loss article
  22. Cheryl Cole has been voted as the hair icon for 2011, leaving thousands of women envious of her thick, full locks. Rather ironic considering she wears extensions most of the time. In the survey by hair loss treatment MediGro, the 28-year-old singer beat the Duchess of Cambridge, Winslet, and singers Rihanna and Beyonce to top the poll, which was voted for by 5,000 women in the UK, the Daily Mail reported. Despite accusations of "fakery" in the controversial L'Oreal adverts because she regularly used hair extensions, Cole's tresses are the ones most British women want to emulate. The singer and beauty brand L'Oreal came under fire in 2009 when proclaiming a new shampoo's ability to revive her "weak, limp, lifeless" hair in a series of television adverts, even though she was using extensions. This year she was criticised for her look on US 'The X Factor', from which she was axed after just four days work and replaced by singer Nicole Scherzinger. Complete article
  23. In a move designed to shine a spotlight on the dishonesty presently circulating across the internet, the parent company of HairGenesis®, Advanced Restoration Technologies Inc. (ART) today announced its intention to devote a substantial share of its effort to shutting down fake hair loss product comparison websites. Because pattern hair loss can trigger highly emotional near-panic, the hair loss product consumer is often vulnerable and not always well-informed. Preying on such persons, a number of hair product marketers have published fake hair loss product comparison websites. Unfortunately, the industry dishonesty has proven remarkably successful. According to Hair Genesis "Here's how the ploy works. A hair loss treatment product manufacturer enlists a third party to set up a website with a url that gives the impression that it is an objective third party consumer review entity. The website is populated with text and images that purport to compare a number of hair loss treatment brands, including the product brand secretly sponsoring the website. Fake data is published which supposedly shows that the sponsoring brand outperformed other brands in a series of analyses." Links are embedded in the website which lead to various product brands. Sometimes the links leading to the competing brands are deliberately rendered inactive. Invariably, the links leading to the sponsor brand go through just fine. By this method, consumers are tricked into making a purchase for a product that they mistakenly believe to have demonstrated objective evidence of clinical utility. There are variations on this ploy, but the endpoint of the scam is always the same, i.e. to cause consumers to place unfounded trust in a product that generates sales through the art of deception. These websites are almost always dead-end entities -- i.e. with no way to easily verify who is the actual publisher of the site. However, it is not hard to figure out that the company that wins the comparison is almost certainly the same company behind the so-called 'consumer review' website. Complete article
  24. She was spotted earlier this year with what appeared to be noticeably thinning hair. And now, 10 months on, it seems Coleen Rooney's hair loss is getting worse, with the WAG displaying a significantly bare patch of hair at the opening of the PlayGround club in Liverpool last night. It could be that the thinning hair is down to Coleen's years of relying on hair extensions to give her a thicker, more volumised look. The dangers of hair extensions? Coleen Rooney displayed what appeared to be significantly thinner locks at the launch of PlayGround in Liverpool last night. Naomi Campbell, Alexandra Burke and Tamara Beckwith have all suffered from hair loss as a result of over-tight extensions and weaves - and just general hair abuse. Trichologists say that quite often with celebrity hair thinning or loss nowadays, hair extensions are to blame. The traction caused by wearing the hair pieces over long periods of time weakens the hair - which then isn't helped by chemical and heat treatments like dyes and straighteners. Complete article
  25. Bipedalism didn’t evolve as a way for ancient humans to keep cool during the heat of the day, according to a new model published today (December 12) in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. But once hominins did start walking on two feet, it ignited another change that allowed them to stay cool—the loss of body hair. The new model explains why similarly sized mammals that walk on all fours and that may tend to overheat have not given up their coats. “If you are already walking upright for other reasons it actually makes the advantage you get from losing hair bigger than if you were on four legs,” said David Wilkinson of John Moores University in Liverpool, who authored the study along with Graeme Ruxton of the University of Glasgow. “You are moving more of your body up above the ground and sweat evaporates more easily” than it can if you were on all fours, because more air will circulate around you, Wilkinson explained. Wilkinson and Ruxton came to this conclusion after analyzing a mathematical model of body temperatures during activity at different times of the day for quadrupeds and bipeds with and without fur. The model is an update to a previous theory by Peter Wheeler also of John Moores University, who proposed that both hair loss and bipedalism were driven by our need to cool down. His theory was that switching from four to two feet would reduce the amount of an animal’s body in direct sun and thus increase its ability to stay cool. But Wheeler left out a critical factor, Wilkinson said—animal movement. Stationary animals could just hang out in the shade during the peak of the day to avoid overheating, he noted, while activities such as foraging likely forced early humans into direct sunlight more often. Taking movement into account, Wilkinson and Ruxton’s model predicted that modern human ancestors would generate much more body heat metabolically as they traveled and hunted than the sun could cause, suggesting that standing upright to avoid the sun, as Wheeler’s model proposed, would have done little to fight overheating. “In Peter’s models, he had a nice thermal advantage to standing upright,” said Wilkinson, “but now that vanishes in our version of the model.” The new model further showed that four-legged creatures do not shed body heat as quickly when they lose their fur, suggesting that the loss of body hair would only have been a significant advantage to ancient humans if they were already walking on two feet. Thus, Wilkinson and Ruxton argue that bipedalism arose first—for some reason other than heat loss, such as improved observation of dangers, appearing larger to predators, or freeing the hands for tool use and carrying—then hair loss began, as a way to combat overheating. Complete hair loss article
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