New Treatments for Baldness

With some interesting new experiments, it seems that baldness cure may have inched a bit closer. In modern medical science, there is a great emphasis on preempting problems and stopping them before they take place.


In modern medical science, there is a great emphasis on preempting problems and stopping them before they take place. When this proactive approach is not possible, the next best thing is to reverse the ill effects of whatever medical condition a person may be facing. Similar studies are being held in the field of hair care and some success has been had in recent times.

A recent study in mice has given a glimmer of hope for people who have lost their hair and want to avoid hair transplant surgery with the help of stem cells. Although it is still in the testing phase, the study surely is an important step in natural hair restoration. We shall look into the matter in some detail.

Stem Cells
Stem cells have been a hot topic of discussion of late and there has been much talk that they may hold the future in medical science. Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that are found in the multi cellular organisms. These can be differentiated into specialized cells and can produce more stem cells by going through mitosis. Stem cells have two main types’ namely embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells.

The Study
The research took place in University of Pennsylvania. The idea was to produce enough numbers of hair follicle generating stem cells. The particular focus was on epithelium cells which is the tissue that covers that surface of the body. The researchers were able to generate these cells in adequate numbers for hair regeneration which was previously not done. The results in mice have been encouraging and hair growth has been seen.

The Next Step
Hair follicles contain a second type of cell known as dermal papillae which are also lost with hair loss. Until their regeneration is possible, hair loss problem is still to be completely solved. Thus far no one has been able to figure out a way to generate these cells.

Criticism
There has been criticism on the study citing that often the testing on the animals is successful but animal testing fails to mirror the results. For now, it is too early to draw such conclusions.
In the immediate future, people will have to remain content with the more traditional methods of hair restoration. These are, for now, the very best that is available.

Author: Shezay
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