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By 2013 Baldness Will Be Cured!

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7431092.stm

 

Lab-grown cells 'treat baldness'

Cells grown in the laboratory may offer a possible solution to hair loss, preliminary trials have suggested.

 

The technique involves taking small amounts of the remaining hair cells, multiplying them, then injecting them into bald areas.

 

Six months after treatment, 11 out of 19 patients had grown new hair, UK researchers told an Italian conference.

 

However, a UK specialist said further work would be needed so that the new hair looked right.

 

 

It will revolutionise hair care, I think

Dr Paul Kemp, Intercytex

 

Hair loss affects two-fifths of men over 50, and can be a long-term problem for some people following radiotherapy or burns.

 

Currently available methods of hair transplantation involve taking large clumps of remaining follicles under local anaesthetic and moving them to the desired area, a technique dependent on the amount of hair left, as no new hair is created.

 

The new method, called "follicular cell implantation", developed by UK firm Intercytex, claims to be able to provide a limitless supply of replacement hair cells, and, if other trials show it to be safe and effective, could be available within five years.

 

Doctors take only the dermal papilla cells - cells found in the follicle which are responsible for hair growth.

 

They are harvested from areas on the back of the head, which usually still have hair growth, and then bathed in a specially-developed chemical in the laboratory, before being placed back into bald areas of the scalp.

 

The early results suggest that most patients appear to benefit after just a few months, although the numbers involved in the trial are relatively small.

 

Dr Paul Kemp, Intercytex's Scientific Officer, said that the presence of the dermal papilla cells encouraged skin cells to start building a brand new hair follicle, or rejuvenated follicles which have stopped producing hair properly.

 

He said: "It will revolutionise hair care, I think. People will use this when they are starting to go bald - they'll come and see us, we'll take a few dermal papilla cells, grow them up in the lab, freeze most of them, and inject some.

 

"They can keep coming back as the balding process continues. I'm convinced it will work, it's just a question of fine-tuning the technique."

 

Other organs

 

He said that the same principles could one day be harnessed to grow replacement teeth, or other organs.

 

"Every hair is a tiny little organ, after all."

 

Professor Val Randall, from the University of Bradford, said that the progress made was "exciting".

 

She said: "To get anything growing at all is a real achievement, although it will be difficult to make the hair come back in the right way, pointing in the right direction, with the hair follicles lined up the right way."

 

Dr Andrew Messenger, a consultant dermatologist at the Royal Hallamshire H******* in Sheffield, said that if new hair follicles had been produced, then it would constitute an advance.

 

However, he added: "We don't yet know for certain whether these are new hair follicles, and it's actually quite hard to prove that they are, not just the result of rubbing on the scalp or another effect."

 

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See previous threads: <_<

 

Hairloss will be cured by 1999 .... 2001 ..... 2003 ...... 2005 ect, ect, ect ......

 

Whilst you're at it look at Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp ..... is going bald.

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Only 5 more years hey s.a.f ;) ...Always only 5 years away :P

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out of curiosity, why can't we write the word hosp-ital on this board?

Because we're not allowed to mention a certain clinic called the h05p1tal gr0up.

 

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It's encouraging that Intercytex are finally able to demonstrate some tangible results, though as the article mentions there are still many hurdles to overcome - not least demonstrating safety and efficacy on a bigger scale, over a longer time frame. The prediction that hair multiplication will become commercially available within five years is probably overoptimistic, but who knows?

 

I have no doubt that better treatments for male pattern baldness will become available in the future - the question is not if, but when. After all, an oral pill for hair loss was unthinkable twenty years ago, and given rapid advances in biotechnology and nanotechnology and other emerging technologies something will come onto the market sooner or later.

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Its amazing.. all these articles we hear / read / see.. I remember seeing a TV prog called "The Bald Men of America". This must have been about 20 years ago.. they stated on the prog that within 5 years a pill would be available that would make MPB a thing of the past.. well.. 20 years later we have a pill that can sort of help...

 

no doubt there will be a "cure" in the future.. probably be too old and senile by then.... but maybe they will have a pill for that also :)

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It's funny when you think about it - they can put a man on the moon but they can't make the hairs on the top of his head grow if he loses them.

 

I too am sure it's a matter of when, not if. By the time it happens I'll probably no longer care about hair loss though :lol:

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Yes they put a man on the moon 40 yrs ago and they have satelities that can read a newspaper headline on earth from space, theres the internet, tiny MP3 players that hold 50,000 songs, man made islands skyscrapers, neuclear bombers that are invisible to radar ect ect but they still cant find a cure for the common cold either. Physics and engineering is one thing biology and medicine is another. <_<

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