While we haven't spoken about hair loss and baldness as much as I'd like, it is an important topic. Regardless of personal experience you have undoubtedly seen the impact. Look no further than Prince William tisk and again I say TISK.
I am a solutions person to a fault. So when I see a possible solution to something as emotionally traumatizing as hair loss and baldness I cannot help but sit up and take notice. To date, the only drugs approved by the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) as a hair growth promotors are minoxidil (Rogaine for men and women) and finasteride (Proscar and Proprecia mostly used for scalp hair loss in men but also used to treat excessive hair growth in women). Unfortunately neither of these treatments are universally effective. Considering the psychological burden and negative quality of life associated with hair loss, one would think the industry would be busy with desperately needed growth promoting agents.
You can only imagine my blind excitement as I read a new study (pub. May 2018) in which a drug used to treat osteoporosis has the unexpected side effect of hair growth. PUMP. YOUR. BREAKS. Whaaa????
Enter WAY- 316606 (WAY). According to the scientific study published in the journal PLOS Biology, human hair follicles were treated with WAY for six days after which hair shaft production was measured. WAY significantly increased hair shaft production (elongation) as early as two days following treatment.
Make no mistake about it, this is massive news. Especially as scientists from the University of Manchester where the drug is being developed are planning human clinical trial to ensure the treatment is safe.
We at Olivia's are cheering Dr. Nathan Hawkshaw and his team and tracking the impending clinical trials. Yes this means reading medical journals with sentences like;
"Based on the distinct expression patterns of SFRP1 mRNA (DP) and protein (DP and hair matrix), these data suggest that SFRP1 is transcribed and translated in the DP and is then secreted into the hair matrix and pre-cortex."
You are most welcome... sigh.