Researchers Inch Toward Baldness Cure
Research centers on vitamin D, but remedies are years away
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 11, 2012 6:11 PM CDT
Researchers are moving closer to a baldness cure, but the progress is slow.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Treatments like Rogaine work best for those trying to stop further hair loss—but what about people who are already bald? Researchers worldwide are inching closer to treatments that could restore hair growth, the Wall Street Journal reports. The market is huge, with 35 million men suffering from male-pattern baldness in the US, for instance, and $2 billion spent yearly on related surgery. Scientists are now investigating the major role of vitamin D, which binds to a receptor that prompts hair growth.

Researchers in California last year pointed to one molecule that works against the receptor and another that activates it—with no need for vitamin D. Meanwhile, in Japan, scientists found that rat stem cells were more likely to turn into hair follicles if treated with vitamin D. But the body can't just be flooded with the vitamin; too much of it can be dangerous. "We're really aiming to manipulate vitamin D or vitamin D receptors only in the skin," says a researcher. Unfortunately for hair loss sufferers, it could be "many years" before such research brings treatments to market, says the Journal. Read the full story here.

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fractal
Sep 12, 2012 12:45 AM CDT
This generation spends most of its grooming dollars waxing, shaving, trimming, defoliating and lasering their hair off. Why would they even want something that grows it back?
$4565535
Sep 11, 2012 11:36 PM CDT
The first sentence of this article makes it sound like Rogaine paid to have it written
iq145
Sep 11, 2012 10:40 PM CDT
Too much all-mighty MONEY at risk of being lost for the current B.S. that doesn't work. They'll never allow this new "true" cure...