The Cure to Baldness Now Within 10 Years

   
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April 18, 2012, 10:07 PM

At least I will have great hair as an old dude.  I will have to wait until around 2022 to get my great hair I had in 2004.  Unfortunately women probably won’t want to run their fingers through my hair then.  At least my hair is not too bad now, thanks to all the pioneers like OMG etc. 

News article today:

Japan study raises hopes of cure for baldness
Posted on 18 April 2012 - 01:38pm
Last updated on 18 April 2012 - 03:17pm
TOKYO (April 18, 2012): Japanese researchers have successfully grown hair on hairless mice by implanting follicles created from stem cells, they announced Wednesday, sparking new hopes of a cure for baldness.

Led by professor Takashi Tsuji from Tokyo University of Science, the team bioengineered hair follicles and transplanted them into the skin of hairless mice.

The creatures eventually grew hair, which continued regenerating in normal growth cycles after old hairs fell out.

When stem cells are grown into tissues or organs, they usually need to be extracted from embryos, but Tsuji and his researchers found hair follicles can be grown with adult stem cells, the study said.

“Our current study thus demonstrates the potential for not only hair regeneration therapy but also the realisation of bioengineered organ replacement using adult somatic stem cells,” it said.

The combination of the new and existing technologies is expected to improve treatment for baldness, possibly allowing people to use their own cells for implants that will give them their hair back.

“We would like to start clinical research within three to five years, so that an actual treatment to general patients can start within a decade,” said researcher Koh-ei Toyoshima.

The study is published in the online science magazine Nature Communications. – AFP

 

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April 19, 2012, 02:57 PM

Why is the cure always 10 years away? They could at least be more creative with the numbers.

 

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April 19, 2012, 07:02 PM

This is a pretty big breakthrough.  They are actually generating new lasting hair follicles using adult stem cells.  10 years is probably optimistic.  However the good thing is that they are knocking at the door and big big money will start to pour in once the feasibility is proven.

 

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April 20, 2012, 03:15 PM

This makes me wonder, how well will these new follicles manage on bad soil? The skin in balding areas is different in advanced stages due to calcification/fibrosis/loss of sebaceous fat/whatever other factors. Will they find away to rejuvenate the skin, will the follicles grow to full potential in damaged scalp skin? Then again, hair transplants seem to work fine (in some people anyway).

 

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April 20, 2012, 04:52 PM

Hi J87. Yes I assume they would grow just fine because we already know that transplanted hair follicles grow just fine.

 

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April 25, 2012, 12:45 AM

It’s no more a “cure” than a hair transplant. More of another solution to covering baldness wink

 

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April 25, 2012, 01:12 AM

No nasty scars.  If you cut off your hand, would it not be cool to grow back a new one?  This is not a transplant.  It is a work-around cure.  The problem marb, is even if you cure MPB today, you still don’t cure the scarred over follicles.  Many of us have stopped our hair loss.  That is a cure really, but the problem is you can’t get much regrowth due to aforementioned scarring otherwise known as the 30 month window.

Baldness is “curable” for the over 30 slower balding types.  The strongly genetic driven guys going bald rapidly at 20 is a different story.  I supposed this new cure may have to be repeated often for strongly genetically driven cases.

I can claim I am basically cured or that I have mpb at least in check at the moment.  I think the “cure” to baldness is conceptualized by most of us as having a full head of hair back, but technically that is not correct.  The disease can be cured now for a lot of us, but the long term scarred over follicles still can’t be. 

It is amazing to me that lot of people don’t know that mpb scars.  A simple cure is not going to fix the left over scarring.

 

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April 25, 2012, 03:47 AM

The problem marb, is even if you cure MPB today, you still don’t cure the scarred over follicles.  Many of us have stopped our hair loss.  That is a cure really, but the problem is you can’t get much regrowth due to aforementioned scarring otherwise known as the 30 month window.

Hi lapwing. I agree with you. But I’d like to add that fibrosis (scaring) is not the only hurdle that would need to be overcome. The follicle themselves have been miniaturizes (destroyed) to the point where they could never be revived. There may be cells alive yet in these follicles, but the structures of these follicles have been destroyed. Sort of like if you took an organ like the kidney, and shrunk it down to the size of a pea, you would never get that kidney to resume it’s normal function. At least not in our lifetime!

 

 

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May 07, 2012, 06:47 AM

The cure is always 10 yrs away because, like the cancer industry, there is a lot of money to be made trying…

I may live another 40 or more years, and the cure for cancer will still” be just around the corner wink

 

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