Friday, January 18, 2013

Eye medication helps to regrow hair of balding men

This would definitely be a good piece of news to many balding persons out there. And it coud be on its way to the pharmacies sooner than we thought.

New research in the FASEB Journal shows how a commonly prescribed glaucoma drug may be effective in treating male pattern baldness and other forms of alopecia.

If you're balding and want your hair to grow back, then here is some good news. A new research report appearing online in The FASEB Journal (www.fasebj.org) shows how the FDA-approved glaucoma drug, bimatoprost, causes human hair to regrow. It's been commercially available as a way to lengthen eyelashes, but these data are the first to show that it can actually grow human hair from the scalp.

"We hope this study will lead to the development of a new therapy for balding which should improve the quality of life for many people with hair loss," said Valerie Randall, a researcher involved in the work from the University of Bradford, Bradford, UK.

"Further research should increase our understanding of how hair follicles work and thereby allow new therapeutic approaches for many hair growth disorders."

To make this discovery, Randall and colleagues conducted three sets of experiments. Two involved human cells and the other involved mice. The tests on human cells involved using hair follicles growing in organ culture as well as those take directly from the human scalp.

In both of these experiments, the scientists found that bimatoprost led to hair growth. The third set of experiments involved applying bimatoprost to the skin of bald spots on mice. As was the case with human cells, the drug caused hair to regrow.

"This discovery could be the long-awaited follow up to Viagra that middle-aged men have been waiting for," said Gerald Weissmann, MD, editor-in-chief of The FASEB Journal.

"Given that the drug is already approved for human use and its safety profile is generally understood, this looks like a promising discovery that has been right in front of our eyes the whole time. On to the front of our scalp!"


Further reading at The FASEB Journal

6 comments:

gunsirit said...

This is indeed good news for those with hair problem....fortunately for me, I still have my hair, at least at the moment,who knows what will happen in the years to come..:)

kyo_9 said...

so by taking this drug, you'll see your hair grow and on the same time, your eyelashes as well??

haha..

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Baldness is heredity too I think. Some gene network has a play on it.

de engineur said...

it does seem like it, isn't it, kyo_9?

rainfield61 said...

I am practicing right away.

tehr said...

mujur juga aku masih seperti biasa
kawan aku pernah habis beribu kerana nak tumbuhkan rambut
tapi semuanya sia2