Scientists have just found a cure for baldness
Male pattern baldness is an issue that affects many men across the world and despite badasses such as Bruce Willis, Jason Statham and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson showing that you can look good with a slap head, it's still a sensitive subject for a lot of blokes.
While there are plenty of treatments to help men keep hold of their locks for as long as they can, a new scientific breakthrough in Korea may be the most impressive yet. A new, miraculous biochemical substance which stimulates fresh hair growth has been discovered by South Korean scientists, thanks to funding from The Science Ministry.
Previous hair loss treatments have been fairly limited in what they can achieve, with the majority of them only being able to slow down hair loss. However, this breakthrough could lead on to some revolutionary regenerative treatments.
During the experiments, a protein called CXXC-type zinc finger protein 5 was discovered which binds to the disheveled proteins. This disrupts the Wnt pathway, which is known to control hair development, regeneration and wound healing. From this discovery, the team began developing a new biochemical substance, known as PTD-DBM. This new substance is capable of stepping CXXC from bonding to the dishevelled proteins.
With their new discoveries in hand, the team tested the substance on mice over a 28-day-period and it was noted that it instigated new follicle growth and regeneration. Furthermore to these results, when it was applied to mice alongside valproic acid (VPA), new hair was seen to grow at a faster rate.
Professor Kang-Yell Choi, the man who led the Seoul-based research, said:
"We have found a protein that controls the hair growth and developed a new substance that promotes hair regeneration by controlling the function of the protein.
"We expect that the newly developed substance will contribute to the development of a drug that not only treats hair loss but also regenerates damaged skin tissues."
Many of the current hair loss treatments, such as lotions, transplants, and tablets can have some damaging hormonal side-effects which include impotence and ejaculation problems. Due to these issues, going forward the Korean team will now look at whether there are any side-effects to the new substance.
The research follows on from another balding breakthrough from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Researchers at the university found that increasing the production of lactate accelerates the stem cells within dormant hair follicles, encouraging them to begin growing again.
Aimee Flores, the author of the study, said:
"Through this study, we gained a lot of interesting insight into new ways to activate stem cells. The idea of using drugs to stimulate hair growth through hair follicle stem cells is very promising given how many millions of people, both men and women, deal with hair loss.
"I think we’ve only just begun to understand the critical role metabolism plays in hair growth and stem cells in general; I’m looking forward to the potential application of these new findings for hair loss and beyond."
If you're suffering from baldness, you can rest easy knowing that a new treatment may be on the way. Or you could shave it all of and look like a complete badass - it's up to you.