- The researchers claim to have found a potential new cure for baldness. The research was done by the researchers from the University of Manchester.
- According to researchers, the discovery has been made using a drug which was originally intended to treat osteoporosis.
- Project leader Dr Nathan Hawkshaw, from the University of Manchester, said, “It could make a real difference to people who are suffering from hair loss.”
Researchers also found that the drug had a dramatic effect on hair follicles in the lab, stimulating them to grow. It contains a compound, which targets that 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. Researchers first latched onto an old immunosuppressive drug, cyclosporine A, used since the 1980s to prevent transplant organ rejection and reduce the symptoms of autoimmune diseases.
The scientists found that the drug reduced the activity of a protein called SFRP1, a key growth regulator that affects many tissues, including hair follicles.
Dr Hawkshaw told the BBC that a clinical trial would be needed to see if the treatment is effective and safe for humans.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Apratim Goel, Chief Dermatologist to Cutis Skin Studio, Mumbai said, “In today’s scenario, baldness has become a major cause of concern for people especially men. There are two drugs available in the market to treat baldness, minoxidil and finasteride which can be used in both men and women. But before prescribing the drugs, we have to understand what is the real cause of the baldness or hair loss. Then only we can prescribe the medicines. Hence it must always be done under a dermatologist’s supervision.”