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  1. Founder of US Hair Restoration and the Chair of FUE Research Committee, Dr. Parsa Mohebi is conducting a new study to compare FUE vs strip method. The FUE Research Committee of the International Society of Hair Restoration was established to research the differences between the two common methods of hair restoration, FUE and strip method. One of the goals of the FUE Research Committee is to optimize the quality of FUE hair transplantation. The newest multi-center study being conducted by the FUE Research Committee is the FUE vs strip hair transplant study. This one of a kind study will compare results observed from both methods of hair restoration, (follicular unit extraction and strip method) providing evidence as to which method is more successful when comparing hair survival, quality, thickness, and overall hair characteristics. Dr. Parsa Mohebi, chairman of the FUE Research committee states that the goal of this study is to answer many basic questions, “Whether or not doing FUE affects the quality of hair transplants? How the quality of hair compares with traditional methods of strip hair transplant and what are the long term differences between the two methods? Once these questions have been answered we can further study the advanced methods to improve the quality of FUE Transplants.” Full article
  2. A hair-loss medication reportedly tried by Wayne Rooney may cause prolonged and possibly irreversible impotence, scientists have claimed. The recent findings come after one patient bravely stepped forward to reveal the drug left him with no sex drive and even shrank his genitals. Kevin Malley, 30, was prescribed with the drug Propecia after he worried he could be losing his hair. He said he only planned to take the pill for a year. However, just five months after he started taking it in May 2011 he found he was completely impotent and his testes also became smaller. Worried, he consulted his doctor and was told the symptoms would disappear after he stopped taking the drug. But he says a year on and nothing has changed. It will come as no surprise to Dr Michael Irwig from the University of Washington. He recently published a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, that found the ingredient finasteride, which is found in Propecia, can cause persistent sexual dysfunction, including low sexual desire, erectile dysfunction and problems with orgasms. Full article
  3. The effects of gravity may explain the apparently paradoxical effects of testosterone in male pattern baldness, or androgenic alopecia, according to a special topic paper in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The "force of downward pull caused by the gravity on the scalp skin" is the key contributor to the events leading to progressive hair loss in male pattern baldness, writes Dr. Emin Tuncay Ustuner, a plastic surgeon in Ankara, Turkey. He adds, "The new theory's unparalleled ability to explain even the details of the hair loss process and the formation of the pattern in AGA is apparent." "Gravity Theory" Helps Explain DHT's Role in Androgenic Alopecia Dr. Ustuner's theory seeks to reconcile some puzzling observations related to the development and progression of AGA. Balding areas of the scalp show increases in a potent form of testosterone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), while drugs that block conversion of testosterone to DHT can slow hair loss. Full article
  4. Scientists say they have moved a step closer to banishing bald spots and reversing receding hairlines after human hair was grown in the laboratory. A joint UK and US team was able to create new hairs from tissue samples. Far more research is needed, but the group said its technique had the "potential to transform" the treatment of hair loss. The study results were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. There are baldness therapies including drugs to slow the loss of hairs, and transplants, which move hair from the back of the head to cover bald spots. The scientists at the University of Durham, in the UK, and Columbia University Medical Centre, in the US, were trying to actually grow new hairs. Their plan was to start with material taken from the base of a hair and use it to grow many new hairs. But human hair has been tricky to grow despite successes in animal studies. Whenever human tissue was taken from the dermal papillae, the cells which form the base of each hair follicle, the cells would transform into skin instead of growing new hairs. However, the group found that by clumping the cells together in "3D spheroids" they would keep their hairy identity. Tissue was taken from seven people and grown in 3D spheroids. These were then transplanted into human skin which had been grafted on to the backs of mice. Full article
  5. When it comes to looks, there’s something men can do to make themselves seem more powerful, even more masculine, especially as they get older. 3 On Your Side Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl shows you what it is. Bruce Willis is a Hollywood heart throb. Michael Jordan is a sports superstar. And they both have shaved heads. “The shaved head look is a power look,” said Al Mannes, a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He did a study on how men with shaved heads are perceived. People were shown pictures of a man with hair, next to the same guy without. “Men when pictured with shaved heads are viewed as more dominant, more masculine, and in some cases, taller and stronger than men with hair,” said Mannes. It’s something he experienced first-hand. When Professor Mannes shaved his thinning hair, he noticed strangers were more deferential. Men with thinning hair were viewed as the least attractive and powerful. “You only have two options, grow it and comb it over, or shave it off. And that’s the option I chose,” said Steve Levitt, a dentist. He didn’t know he was part of a trend when he shaved his thinning hair. Complete baldness article
  6. Does the future of hair restoration involve stem cells? Vitamin therapy? How about a robot? Dr. Herbert Feinberg, center, watches an HD screen as the ARTAS robot harvests hair follicles from a patient. On Wednesday morning, hours after a noted dermatologist announced on NBC's "Today" show that vitamin D could play an important role in some future cure for baldness, Joe Taube shook his head and laughed. "Let me guess," Taube said. "It's going to take 10 years, right? Every time scientists mention some new thing that 'may' cure baldness, they always say we'll get it in about 10 years. And it never happens." Taube is one of the approximately 35 million American men affected by male pattern baldness, many of whom have tried — or at least considered — some pricey way to deal with it: hairpieces; weaves; medications such as Rogaine and Propecia; and transplants. A 45-year-old Manhattan businessman, Taube has sampled most of those options — including the transplants. To date, he's had four of them, he says. But, the most recent one, performed at The Dermatology Center in Englewood, has left him the most satisfied. And it differed from the earlier procedures Taube had in one crucial and, perhaps, amusing way: It involved a robot. Center founder Dr. Herbert Feinberg is one of only about 10 doctors in the country equipped with ARTAS, a system created by California-based Restoration Robotics. A little over a year old, ARTAS has already proven itself to be "a real breakthrough," Feinberg said. Complete hair loss article
  7. Fresh clues to what makes hair follicles go dormant are pointing toward potential cures for baldness. Vitamin D and its receptors appear to play a role in hair follicle health and now there's new evidence that it could help treat common forms of baldness. Shirley Wang explains on Lunch Break. Several research teams are working to figure out ways to spur existing follicles—the tiny organs in the skin that give birth to hair—back into action, or to make new, active follicles. New treatments based on this work likely are many years from the market, but these approaches could lead to the significant breakthrough of helping people who are already bald. By contrast, topical products available now, such as Rogaine, appear to be most effective in helping prevent further balding after it has started. And with current surgical procedures, healthy hairs can be moved into bald areas, but if they don't take, the operation might have to be repeated. Crucial to the hair-growth and balding process, scientists have found, are vitamin D and the microscopic receptors that bind to it in skin. These elements have become the focus for several research teams. (Supplements might offer health benefits for people lacking enough vitamin D, but they won't bring back lost hair, researchers say.) Some researchers, including those from the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, have identified molecules besides vitamin D that appear to activate the receptor and hold potential for future treatments. In July, Japanese researchers demonstrated in animals that adding vitamin D helped the process of using stem cells to generate new follicles. Vitamin D has long been known to be important for keeping bones and skin healthy. But research on its role in bone development has progressed much faster than has the research on skin and hair. The vitamin D receptor is "crucial for the regeneration of hair," wrote Mark Haussler, a professor of basic medical sciences at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, in a recent paper. He discovered the receptor in 1969. Complete article
  8. Using data from its unique online research platform, 23andMe, a leading personal genetics company, has contributed to the finding of six novel genetic associations for early onset male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) in a genome-wide association study now published online in the journal PLoS Genetics. “The 23andMe Research Platform is a robust source of new genetic discoveries. Nearly 90 percent of our more than 150,000 customers participate in our online research, ” stated 23andMe CEO and co-founder Anne Wojcicki. “23andMe is making discoveries faster and more cost effectively than traditional research models,” added Wojcicki. The study, led by Dr. Brent Richards of McGill University, combined genome-wide association data from seven cohorts, comparing men with "early onset" male pattern baldness with older men who had experienced little or no hair loss. 23andMe customers represented more than half of all the cases in the study. The combined analysis was able to identify six new loci associated with early onset baldness, in addition to replicating two previously known loci. Additional data collected from 23andMe participants showed that a risk score based on genotypes at the eight associated loci was strongly predictive of whether someone would report early onset male pattern baldness or not. Two of the new loci are in or near histone deacetylase genes HDAC4 and HDAC9. Histone deacetylases regulate expression of other genes by modifying histones, which are proteins responsible for DNA packaging. Both of these genes are thought to have roles in regulation of androgen hormone pathways, which are important in prostate cancer as well as male pattern baldness. “Baldness and prostate cancer risk have been linked in several previous studies,” explained 23andMe researcher David Hinds, Ph.D., “and our new findings may help to explain these observations.” Full hair loss article
  9. 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. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have identified an abnormal amount a protein called Prostaglandin D2 in the bald scalp of men with male pattern baldness, a discovery that may lead directly to new treatments for the most common cause of hair loss in men. In both human and animal models, researchers found that a prostaglandin known as PGD2 and its derivative, 15-dPGJ2, inhibit hair growth. The PGD2-related inhibition occurred through a receptor called GPR44, which is a promising therapeutic target for androgenetic alopecia in both men and women with hair loss and thinning. The study is published in Science Translational Medicine. Male pattern baldness strikes 8 of 10 men under 70 years old, and causes hair follicles to shrink and produce microscopic hairs, which grow for a shorter duration of time than normal follicles. Researchers took an unbiased approach when scanning for potential biological causes of baldness, looking in scalp tissue from balding and non-bald spots from men with male pattern baldness and then corroborating findings in mouse models. They found that levels of PGD2 were elevated in bald scalp tissue at levels 3 times greater than what was found in comparative haired scalp of men with androgenetic alopecia. When PGD2 was added to cultured hair follicles, PGD2-treated hair was significantly shortly, while PGD2's derivative, 15-dPGJ2, completely inhibited hair growth. Complete hair loss article
  10. David Beckham is so worried about going bald he would shave off the hair he had left rather than have a hair transplant if it started happening. David Beckham has fears about going bald. The soccer star - who has sons Brooklyn, 12, Romeo, nine, and six-year-old Cruz, as well as six-month-old daughter Harper with fashion designer wife Victoria Beckham - would shave the rest of his hair off if he started losing his locks. He said: "Someone said I'd had a hair transplant. There's definitely nothing wrong with doing that, but I don't think personally I would. If I do start showing signs of going bald, then I will shave it off I've still got hair. I'm still fighting it." The 36-year-old hunk was recently on the verge of chopping his "side-sweep" style hair off, but Victoria convinced him to keep it. He added: "She said, 'It looks so good at the moment. Don't do it.' I was like, 'OK'." David - who was slammed for wearing a sarong while on holiday with his wife in 1998 - admits he has grown in confidence about what he wears since he met Victoria in 1997 and he doesn't care what anyone else thinks. Complete hair loss article
  11. Protein shakes are partly responsible for increase in baldness as they lead to the production of certain chemicals in the body, which causes or worsens hair loss, a new study has revealed. WA's only hair transplant surgeon Jennifer Martinick said that she was booked out for more than six months and performing more than 400 procedures annually - up about 30 per cent from a year ago. "Lots of young guys these days are very image conscious," Perth Now quoted Dr Martinick as saying. "They are 20 or 30-something, go to the gym, some even have Botox, take protein shakes to build up muscle but don't realise it can contribute to baldness. They have lots of disposable income so they come for treatment because they also want a full head of hair." "There is a growing feeling that people are getting balder earlier and it may be possibly because of diet." "There are a lot of animal fats in the western diet and then guys go to the gym and take things like creatin, whey protein isolates and think they're doing the right thing," Dr Martinick added. Complete article
  12. Here's a reason to get your flu shot that you probably haven't considered: infection with H1N1 may trigger baldness in a small number of people. A new report from Japan suggests a link between alopecia areata, a condition in which patches of hair fall out, and swine flu (H1N1). The researchers report that seven patients experienced hair loss one to four months after developing the illness. The exact cause of alopecia areata is unknown, but it is thought to occur when the immune system attacks a person's hair follicles, causing the hair on their head to fall out. Rarely, patients may lose all the hair on their head, or on other parts of their body. While the condition may have a hereditary component, a "trigger" from the environment, such as a traumatic event or illness, may also be needed to set off the disease. Previous studies have linked viral illnesses, including infections with the Epstein-Barr virus, and onset of alopecia areata. The new findings suggest flu infection may be another trigger of this form of baldness, said study researcher Dr. Taisuke Ito, an assistant professor of dermatology at Hamamatsu University School of Medicine in Japan. Between 2009 and 2010, the researchers examined seven patients with hair loss following swine flu infections that caused high fever. Four of the cases were recurrences of the condition, and three were first-time occurrences. On average, hair loss occurred 1.5 months after swine flu infection in those who experienced recurrences, and 2.7 months after swine flu infection in those who experienced first-time hair loss. All of the patients were under 30 years old, and four were under 10. Three of the cases involved females. Full article
  13. An animal shedding its coat at certain points of the year may involve the same science behind male-pattern baldness. New research out of the University of Southern California found that not only is hair loss caused by the hormones in the hair follicles themselves, but also in the tissue surrounding the follicles. That is similar to animals that shed their coats, a routine occurrence triggered by the animals’ bodies. “The hair-follicle stem cell is not only listening to the voice in the stem cell, but also from the outside,” Cheng-Ming Chuong of University of Southern California and lead author of the study told MyHealthNewsDaily Wednesday at the meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in Denver. The research suggests that new treatment should focus on the tissue around the hair follicles instead of just the follicles themselves. Stem cell treatment has been at the forefront of baldness breakthroughs, and in January, researchers found that the potential secret to success was in the stem cells in the scalp. To produce more hair, scientists needed to get those cells to produce secondary cells that are responsible for growing hair. Baldness affects more than 50 million Americans. While some men (and women) feel comfortable rocking a bald head, many more seek alternative remedies to curb their hair loss. An estimated $3.5 billion per year is spent on hair growth products like Rogaine. There are two treatments, known as finasteride and Minoxidil, that slow the hair-loss process, or people can opt for hair transplant surgery. But Chuong suggested that the hair loss treatment focus should shift to a broader view. “To deal with the hair growth, you not only try to help the stem cell [in the follicle], but you can improve the ‘soil,’ like: You put a tulip bulb in a nicer soil, you will grow a nicer hair,” said Chuong. Full article
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