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Potential new cure found for baldness

Wednesday 09/May/2018 - 12:13 PM
Sada El Balad
A potential new cure for baldness has been discovered using a drug originally intended to treat osteoporosis، according to "BBC".
Enhanced hair growth is a side-effect of a different drug، cyclosporine A، used to treat autoimmune diseases.
And researchers found it also inhibited a protein، SFRP1، that blocks a molecular pathway، WNT، vital for the growth of many tissues، including hair.
The new cure uses another drug، Way-316606، that was designed to inhibit SFRP1 as treatment for osteoporosis.
Project leader Dr Nathan Hawkshaw، from the University of Manchester، said it could "make a real difference to people who suffer from hair loss".
Only two drugs are currently available to treat balding (androgenetic alopecia):
minoxidil، for men and women
finasteride، for men only
Neither is available on the NHS and both have side-effects and are not always very effective، so patients often resort to hair transplantation surgery instead.
The research، published in PLOS Biology، was done in a lab، with samples containing scalp hair follicles from more than 40 male hair-transplant patients.
And Dr Hawkshaw told the BBC a clinical trial would be needed to see if the treatment was effective and safe in people.

Edited by Rasha Mohamed

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