San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Harvard Medical School Researchers Inch Toward Baldness Cure

Published: Sep 14, 2012

Fresh clues to what makes hair follicles go dormant are pointing toward potential cures for baldness. Several research teams are working to figure out ways to spur existing follicles—the tiny organs in the skin that give birth to hair—back into action, or to make new, active follicles. New treatments based on this work likely are many years from the market, but these approaches could lead to the significant breakthrough of helping people who are already bald. By contrast, topical products available now, such as Rogaine, appear to be most effective in helping prevent further balding after it has started. And with current surgical procedures, healthy hairs can be moved into bald areas, but if they don't take, the operation might have to be repeated.

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