Potential new cure for baldness discovered

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  • A potential new cure for baldness has been discovered using a drug originally intended to treat osteoporosis
  • The discovery, still to be tested in clinical trials, could open up a whole new approach to treating hair loss in both men and women, researchers believe

A potential new cure for baldness has been discovered using a drug originally intended to treat osteoporosis.

A drug, originally made to cure osteoporosis, could also treat hair loss in men and women, according to the researchers from the University of Manchester.

The discovery, still to be tested in clinical trials, could open up a whole new approach to treating hair loss in both men and women, researchers believe.

According to BBC News, researchers found the drug had a dramatic effect on hair follicles in the lab; stimulating them to grow.

It contains a compound which targets a protein that acts as a brake on hair growth and plays a role in baldness.

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.

Dr. Nathan Hawkshaw, the lead scientist on the study at the University of Manchester, reportedly said that a clinical trial is required to tell whether this drug or similar compounds are both effective and safe in hair loss patients.

There is currently two available treatment for balding — minoxidil (for men and women) and finasteride (for men) — but both reportedly have side-effects and are not always effective.

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