New Stem Cell Advance May Be Big Step Toward Cure For Hair Loss

Hats off to researchers in California. They’ve taken what appears to be a big step toward the development of a cure for hair loss, a condition that affects 50 million men and 30 million women in the U.S. alone.

The scientists, working at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., showed that stem cells derived from human skin can be used to grow hair–at least in mice.

“The method is a marked improvement over current methods that rely on transplanting existing hair follicles from one part of the head to another,” Dr. Alexey Terskikh, an associate professor at the institute and a member of the team of researchers who demonstrated the experimental technique, said in a written statement. “Our stem cell method provides an unlimited source of cells from the patient for transplantation and isn’t limited by the availability of existing hair follicles.”

In other words, unlike conventional hair transplantation and other hair restoration treatments now in use, the technique could–at least in theory–grow lots of hair on the heads of men and women who are completely bald.

That would be a very big deal.

“If this approach is proven to work in humans, it will change existing —> Read More Here


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