Medicine

Baldies rejoice, a potential new cure could treat baldness 'in days'

Baldies rejoice, a potential new cure could treat baldness 'in days'

Researchers at Manchester University made the breakthrough after discovering that a drug created to treat brittle bones had a positive effect on hair follicles.

Hawkshaw said that a clinical trial is still necessary to make sure the drug is effective and safe to use for this propose.

Current treatments for hair loss are limited to two FDA-approved drugs, minoxidil and finasteride, which have mixed results.

A side effect of a drug that was originally used as an immunosuppressant could one day be used to treat baldness.

The found that WAY-316606 inhibited the SFRP1 protein in a similar fashion, and promoted hair growth in as little as two days.

But the researchers have found that the drug WAY-316606 has a dramatic effect when it comes in contact with hair follicles. But don't get too excited: Although the study authors concluded that WAY-316606 has the "potential to treat human hair loss disorders", it has only been tested on hair samples - not on actual, living humans.

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The team hasn't yet tested the drug in clinical trials, but they believe that this discovery could be a new way of treating hair loss in men and women.

The study was published May 8 in the journal PLOS Biology.

Since the 1980s, Cyclosporine A has been commonly used for suppressing transplant rejection and autoimmune diseases. But the side effects were so serious that the team decided not to use it for hair loss.

To find a new treatment, scientists at the University of Manchester studied a cancer drug called CsA that produces embarrassing unwanted hair growth.

WAY-316606 has already been tested for six days on hair donated from 40 patients now undergoing hair transplant surgery, and it was discovered that the drug "significantly increased hair shaft production" within just two days. But because of its side effects, CsA was not a viable treatment for balding. As of now, the most effective treatment for balding is opting for a hair transplantation surgery.

The study was released on Tuesday and suggests the compound was able to prolong anagen, which is the active growth phase of hair follicles.