Archive for November, 2008

New study identifies Baldness Genes in Male Pattern Baldness

November 25, 2008

Oct. 13, 2008 — Scientists have discovered six gene variants, all on the same chromosome, that are linked to male-pattern baldness.

Those findings, published in the advance online edition of Nature Genetics, may provide some new leads for researchers developing new treatments for baldness.

“Clearly, most men know if they are bald or not, but early prediction before hair loss starts may lead to some interesting therapies that are more effective than treating late-stage hair loss,” researcher Tim Spector, a professor at King’s College London, says in a news release.

The new discoveries come from two studies, which together included more than 3,400 men and women in Western Europe. The researchers compared the genes of people with and without male-pattern baldness.

One study identified a gene variant that, when accompanied by another baldness gene variant on the androgen receptor gene, drove the odds of male-pattern baldness seven times higher. One man in seven has both of those gene variants, according to the researchers, who included Spector. That study was funded in part by drug company GlaxoSmithKline; one of the researchers (not Spector) is a GlaxoSmithKline employee.

The study flagged five other gene variants that are associated with male-pattern baldness and are on the same chromosome as the variant found by Spector and colleagues.

No one knows yet what those gene variants do or how they affect baldness. Figuring that out could inspire new treatments, the researchers note.

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Winter Months

November 14, 2008

Hi Guys,

Just a quick note to say it pays to keep an eye on the cooler months. Cool weather often coincides with low atmospheric pressure, which can mean your hair is hard to control and can sometimes be ‘fluffy’ or un manageable. This can have a few effects on those who are trying to stop hair from falling out, the first is that you are best to try avoiding putting in harsh products to keep your hair presented the way you wish it to be. Secondly, wearing hats or close fitting beanies etc can make your scalp sweat. This leads to excess buildup of sebecous gunk, and can choke and clog follicles. Remember to wash throughly,┬áregularly and rinse the scalp well.

Till next time! caio.