Have South Korean Scientists Found The Cure To Male Pattern Baldness?
If you have a flowing head of hair, well, good for you. I started losing my hair in my early 20’s or sooner. For a person who used his hair as an extension of his personality, losing my hair was like cutting my arm off. Instead of shampooing my hair, I have to shave it, and that takes longer than letting shampoo soak into your hair. If you think not shaving it and letting the rest grow in is easier, then you aren’t bald. That ring of hair around your head is a memorial wreath for the hair you once had. There’s good news though, because some scientists in South Korea may have cured baldness!
Some geniuses in South Korea have shaved some little white mice, then injected those brave mice with a biochemical that made their fur grow back. That biochemical is called ‘PTD-DBM” or as I call it ‘THANK YOU!”
The team working on this at Yonsei University stops two key proteins that normally bind together to prevent follicle regeneration, which stops hair from growing, but also makes it harder for me to get a date.
“We have found a protein that controls the hair growth and developed a new substance that promotes hair regeneration by controlling the function of the protein,” Lead researcher Kang-Yell Choi said. “We expect that the newly developed substance will contribute to the development of a drug that not only treats hair loss but also regenerate damaged skin tissues.”
So not only does this miracle grow my hair back, but it also fixes my skin as well. I think there may be some sort of magical wizardry afoot.
The study was an extension of a stuff published back in August by the University of California. It said: “Through this study, we gained a lot of interesting insight into new ways to activate stem cells. The idea of using drugs to stimulate hair growth through hair follicle stem cells is very promising given how many millions of people, both men and women, deal with hair loss. I think we’ve only just begun to understand the critical role metabolism plays in hair growth and stem cells in general; I’m looking forward to the potential application of these new findings for hair loss and beyond.”
This feels like one of those cures that the FDA will push through as fast as they can. Sure, they stumble over giving the go-ahead for life saving drugs, but I’m sure there are lots of baldheads in there and in the gov’t that would kill to rock a mullet again.
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