March 23rd, 2012
Scientists Have Worked Out How to Stop You Going Bald
By Jamie Condliffe
Going bald is the one big vanity concern among most men. But relax, it doesn’t need to be that way; scientists have just worked out exactly why men go bald, and already have a way to stop it happening.
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have been testing the scalps of men with male pattern baldness. They’ve discovered that tissue in bald areas has three times the concentration of a fatty compound called Prostaglandin—PGD2 to its buddies. The research is published in Science Transnational Medicine.
Fortunately, there are already 10 drugs available that can block the receptor that allows PGD2 to work—which means it shouldn’t be too long before a baldness treatment, in the form of a cream or ointment, is available. Speaking to The Telegraph, Professor George Cotsarelis, one of the researchers, said:
“Our findings should lead directly to new treatments for the most common cause of hair loss in men.”
Apparently, the next step is to establish whether similar treatments could work for women. Let’s hope so!