Hair Loss Types and Treatments

Can Cooling Devices Prevent Chemotherapy Hair Loss?

Chemotherapy and Hair Loss

One of the most common side effects from chemotherapy is the loss of hair by patients. However, recent evidence shows that cooling devices might be able to prevent hair loss due to the chemotherapy process. According to two studies recently discussed in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), two scalp cooling devices were shown to prevent alopecia induced by chemotherapy in women suffering from breast cancer. The first study focused on 180 women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer in the first or second stages. The women in the study were randomly assigned to have no cooling treatment at all […]

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Can Science Predict Male Hair Loss Patterns?

Male Hair Loss Pattern

A group of researchers at the University of Edinburgh have come to the conclusion that the genetic process of hair loss involves 287 genes. Furthermore, they also say they have come up with a formula that predicts the risk a man runs of losing his hair. Even with this formula, the team says it is still too soon to predict whether or not a blood test can show if, and when, hair loss will begin for a man. According to an article published in the peer-reviewed open-access journal, PLOS Genetics, the results of the study might be able to help […]

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3 Hair Restoration Techniques Showing Promise For Patients

Hair Restoration Techniques for promising results

New techniques are constantly being tested and researched to try and combat hair loss. Some might show promise and be marketed to consumers while others will never get out of the research phase. Here are some techniques currently being studied to help those who suffer from hair loss: Hair Multiplication A partnership between the RIKEN Research Institute of Japan as well the Japanese electronics company, Kyocera, and Organ Technologies is studying the science of hair multiplication for dealing with hair loss. The research team plans to extract the hair follicles of a patient and then multiply them through the use […]

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Promising Results from an Alopecia Areata Study

Alopecia Areata

The findings from a pilot trial, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation/Insight by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers in September, showed the results of a study involving twelve patients with moderate to severe baldness caused by Alopecia Areata (AA). Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disorder that can cause the loss of hair in every part of the skin. The researchers are working on treatments to eliminate the disorder or, at the very least, help with the associated symptoms and side effects. The patients were given the JAK inhibitor, ruxolitinib, which has been previously used in animal studies. The […]

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Can Gene Therapy Help Treat Hair Loss?

The last few years have seen advances in hair loss treatments with even more ideas and innovations being worked on by researchers. One of the treatment options currently being explored is the connection between hair growth, wound repair and gene therapy as well as stem cell therapy. Gene therapy was first developed for the treatment of congenital defects in patients. In recent years, it has become one of the newer options in the treatment of many genetic diseases. We have focused on inducing the gene of growth factors to help heal wounds at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. […]

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New Study Examines Platelet Rich Plasma Use on Female Hair Loss Patients

The use of platelet rich plasma (PRP) has long been suggested as a possible treatment for hair loss and a potential source of hair growth. A recent study was conducted to study the effect of PRP scalp injections on women currently suffering from female androgenetic alopecia. The study was a double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted at multiple centers and compared the effects of scalp injections of PRP against a saline placebo. The endpoints used during the study were hair mass index and hair count as well as patient opinion survey responses. The PRP used in the study was manufactured from the […]

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Hair Transplant at a Glance

In general, both male patterned baldness and female patterned baldness start once the hair shafts begin to thin due to a process known as hair miniaturization. This process causes the majority of the hair to become invisible with the loss obvious to others. After this happens, the next best step is to schedule a consultation appointment with a doctor to discuss a hair transplant. How Does It Work? A hair transplant is when hair follicles are harvested in their naturally occurring units of 1-4 hair follicles. They are taken from donor areas on the body that typically do not see […]

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How Men with Hair Loss Are Perceived By Others

Dr. Bruce Reith of Germany

Thousands of hair transplants are performed each year on men all over the word. The reasons people have transplants are varied but one of the main reasons patients undergo hair restoration is to try and look younger and more attractive to others. Many people associate being bald with a lack of youth as well as being less successful in business and social situations. A 2015 study was conducted by Dr. Bruce Reith of Germany, a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, to determine if hair transplants are a significant factor in influencing the perception others have regarding […]

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