Reversing Hair Loss

Putting an end to your hair fall is not a mission impossible. Regrowing the lost hair, though, may prove less possible. In the first place it depends on the type of baldness you are suffering from. Seasonal or lifestyle related baldness are much easier to treat than hereditary hair loss or unpredictable alopecia areata. Hereditary baldness, being the most common form of hair loss amongst both sexes, is in the centre of the scientific as well as media attention. It is estimated that the ultimate cure for this type of hair loss will not be available earlier than in one or two decades. Till then all you can do is to preserve as much hair as you can using the current treatments. There are medicinal treatments, both oral and topical, that can help you significantly slow down the balding process and even regrow some of your recently lost hair. For those who are looking for better reversal, hair surgery will be necessary. If you are shy of surgeries or you only need a full head of hair for some special occasions, hair loss concealers, hair thickeners or hair systems can do the trick.

Growing New Hair with the Help of Eye Drops

Hair loss research is these days mainly focused on hair cloning and surgical hair regeneration. Both of these methods promise to solve the problem of balding men and women permanently. Not so much has been heard recently about new drug research and it seems that we will have to settle down for the medical treatments as we know them today such as Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia (finasteride) for some time yet. However, there seems to be one drug that has been developed in a different field that could help us keep our hair a bit longer. It is called Latisse and this medication has been recently approved by the FDA for growing thicker, longer and darker eyelashes.

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Sulfasalazine in the Treatment of Severe AA

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease characteristic for its the sudden loss of hair in different parts of the scalp and the body. Many treatments have been tried and used so far but their results remain relatively disappointing. Rogaine and Propecia, the two treatments that have been approved by the FDA for treating hereditary hair loss can hardly help with alopecia areata (Propecia should not be used at all!). There is a great demand for new therapeutic alternatives to the treatment of this disease. In a recent study a new prospective treatment, sulfasalazine, has been examined. During a period of 3 years, 26 patients with recalcitrant or severe alopecia areata (>40% hair loss) were enrolled in an open-label, uncontrolled clinical trial.

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Hair Cloning: Human Trials Might Start Soon

Hair multiplication through cloning of new hair stem cells seems to be the most prospective future way of permanent hair replacement. The latest reports indicate that the first human trials could start as early as in two years. So far the whole clinical research has only been conducted on mice. Hair cloning consists in multiplying the hair follicle stem cells from the donor follicles taken from the back of one’s scalp and then injecting the mixture of such hair growth inducing stem cells in the bald area of the scalp.

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Approaching Hair Loss Rationally

Hair loss affects both men and women and can occur at any age. There are different types of hair loss, having different causes and forms, some are permanent and some are reversible. Diagnosing your type of hair loss is the key to finding the most suitable treatment. For some types of hair loss a few vitamins or minerals and a change in lifestyle can bring results but some, such as the typical male pattern baldness, or some heavy forms of alopecia areata can be very difficult to combat. Hereditary hair loss with its two forms, male and female pattern baldness, is the most frequent type of hair loss, which affects about one third of the adult male population and one quarter of females.

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