Fight baldness using Stem Cells

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Baldness is an undesirable condition that afflicts both men and women, many of which have family members with significant hair loss. According to Health Day News, a new study of stem cells in mice shows promise for future treatments for people who battle hair loss.

The study was conducted on the fatty skin layers of mice by researchers at Yale University. Specifically, adipose precursor cells were found to spur new hair growth in mice, according to Health Day News.

Stem cells are present in hair follicles, which help generate hair growth. Health Day News explains that these cells are still present in people with baldness, but the follicles no longer receive signals to grow new hair. At the same time, hair loss causes a decrease in natural fat cells within the scalp.

“If we can get these fat cells in the skin to talk to the dormant stem cells at the base of the hair follicles, we might be able to get hair to grow again,” said senior study author Valerie Horsley, as quoted by Health Day News.

When scientists injected stem cells into the mice, 86 percent of the follicles experienced hair growth, according to Time Magazine. This growth occurred within two weeks of the initial injections.

The studies in mice show promise for hair growth and new fat cells in humans, but it is unclear at this time whether people will respond to signals in the exact same way as the mice did during the experiments.

The full study was published in this week’s trade journal, Cell.

Most people experience an average hair loss of 100 strands per day, according to the National Institutes of Health. Individuals who experience pattern baldness lack the ability of the follicles to generate new hair growth to make up for normal losses.

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  2. How to prevent and control balding

    Hair loss, or Alopecia, is a condition in which hair falls at an abnormal rate, eventually leading to partial or complete loss of hair.

    The scalp at an average has 1.00.000 hair. A healthy scalp sheds hair and replaces it continuously. However when the scalp is not able to produce new hair to replace the shed hair, baldness develops. There are different types of hair loss based on the type and cause. While balding is no longer a problem for most confident men and women – reflecting more a style statement rather than an affliction – if you are still concerned about it, here are some ways in which you can prevent and control it.

    Causes
    The most common type of balding is androgenic alopecia, also know as male pattern baldness (when it occurs in men) or female pattern baldness (when it occurs in women). This is a permanent type of hair loss which is incurable and is caused by heredity and genetics. Other types are usually temporary and may be a symptom of serious illness, skin infection, stress, use of certain drugs, or thyroid diseases. The hair loss halts once the underlying cause has been identified and treated.

    Signs and symptoms
    The first step is self examination. While examining the scalp, the distribution of hair loss, and the presence of scarring should be noted. Part widths should be measured. All abnormalities should be noted. In male-pattern hair loss, loss and thinning begin at the temples and either thins out or falls out. Female-pattern hair loss occurs when hair thinning occurs at the frontal and parietal. If you believe that you have a significant amount of hair loss then consulting a doctor and conducting a scalp biopsy is recommended.

    Non surgical treatments
    There are various over the counter medicines available for hair loss – pills, hair oils and other forms claiming a cure for it. These are not sure-shot cures or even treatments. The hair loss stops till the intake of the medicines continues and then resumes once stopped. There are significant side effects of these as well, like decreased libido, and erectile dysfunction. There are injections of cortisone into the scalp that also help stop hair loss, this is a slow process and results may vary from person to person. Hormonal modulators are also used to treat female pattern baldness.

    Surgical treatments
    If the hair loss is a major concern for you and you are willing to go under the knife for it, treatment options such as follicle transplant, scalp flaps, are available. These are expensive and painful, but the results are seen within 8-10 weeks of the surgery. They also carry a risk of scarring and infection. These are only recommended if balding is also causing self esteem issues. There are other cosmetic treatments such as Hair transplant and Scalp reduction. Scalp reduction is generally done in combination with hair transplantation to provide a natural-looking hairline.

    The verdict
    Some of the best looking people, some also very famous for their good looks, are bald and even carry a receding hairline with utmost style. Jason Stratum, Nicholas Cage and Bruce Willis make being bald sexy. Balding will go the way you take it – You can either choose to fuss about it or make a bold bald statement!

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