Going Bald? Fear Not, Scientists are Developing a New Cure for Baldness

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There are definitely some people out there who can pull off “the bald look”, but if we are going to be really honest – most of us would prefer to have the choice between a lush mane and shaving it all off. Today between 50 million men and 30 million women in the United States experience complete or partial loss of hair, a condition that can cause feelings such as embarrassment, low self esteem and even stress.

Throughout history, hair has always played an important roll in a person’s self-image, but also the image they present to others. For men, a healthy head of hair has been equated with vigor and virility; for women it has represented femininity and beauty. Losing hair can greatly alter those impressions.

But due to a number of researchers who believe in the magic of stem cells, there is increasing hope that the regrowth of human hair will soon be possible – all thanks to a few optimistic researchers, and some laboratory mice.

Dr. Cheng-Ming Chuong, professor of pathology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC in Los Angeles, California, is the senior investigator of a study published in August 2017, by the National Academy of Sciences and funded by the National Institutes of Health.

He and his team of researchers were researching a way in which hair follicles can be grown from skin cells reproduced in-vitro in the lab. In the study, the researchers outlined a step-by-step sequence of events in the production of hair follicles from skin. They were able to generate hair by uncovering the major molecular events that are needed for the growth of the skin. The discovery was made possible by testing the sequence on mice.

New research for male baldness
A team of researchers are discovering a way in which hair follicles can be grown from skin cells.

Many aging individuals do not grow hair well because cells lose their regenerative ability over time. With these new findings, the researchers were able to make adult mouse cells produce hair again, Dr. Chuong states in a press release.

The researchers at the lab cannot confirm when exactly human trials can begin, but they are optimistic that their findings can soon treat conditions such as alopecia and baldness. The procedure would use the patient’s own steam cells in order to grow skin that has hair follicles. This first step would happen in a lab, and afterwards the skin would be transplanted onto the bald areas of the scalp.

Lay the Groundwork for Healthier Hair by Taking a Supplement

The new stem cell research is very exciting, but this is not a procedure that will become an option for people with thinning hair today. By taking a supplement that works from within, strengthening the health of both your body and your hair, you can lay the groundwork today for future healthy hair growthNutrafol’s supplement is especially designed to provide the essential nutrients for growing hair as well as target the potential triggers of thinning hair. With thorough research, its team of doctors has been digging deeper to find the root causes of compromised hair health and uncover the underlying factors of hair thinning.

Nutrafol has been shown to raise levels of the body’s natural antioxidant defenses, combat aging, increase factors that support the follicles and boost the immune system. With this, the damaged follicles are given a chance to heal from within.

Balance is Key When It Comes to Healthy Hair

Each follicle has its own independent biological clock that ticks and signals the follicle to grow hair, lose hair or lay dormant. However, when it is out of balance, under attack, or its environment is altered, the process of hair production is disrupted.

New science proves how a multitude of internal and external triggers create an imbalance in the body’s immune system and metabolic pathways, making supplements a good future investment for your hair.

Dr. Cheng-Ming Chuong and his researchers are, like the doctors at Nutrafol, working hard to understand and combat hair loss. Take charge of your own hair health today by taking a supplement that provides essential nutrients to your hair and your body!

Do Bald Men Make Better Bed Partners?

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If we could spot a virile man in a room by targeting the crosshairs on bald men, we would have it made – but apparently, it’s not that easy.

The association between baldness and virility has always been a popular topic but it probably is only because there are so many men who, despite being short of hair, are not short of brains, money, fame, or power – qualities that make them attractive to most women.

NBA legend Michael Jordan, veteran actor Bruce Willis, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos lead the pack of GQ’s 100 Most Powerful Bald Men in the World. Throw in Russian President Vladimir Putin, NBA player-turned-analyst Shaquille O’Neal, Apple’s Chief Design Officer Jonathan Ive, and wrestling great Hulk Hogan to the list and the atmosphere is already oozing with testosterone.

The link between testosterone and bald men

Testosterone is a hormone produced mainly in the testicles and partially in the adrenal glands of men. Women also produce this hormone at lower levels – approximately a tenth to a twentieth of what men produce – in the ovaries and adrenal glands.

The level of testosterone in men’s bodies determines overall well-being as it is responsible for certain body functions such as keeping bones and muscles strong, making red blood cells, giving energy, making sperm and maintaining sex drive. Low levels of this hormone, which naturally occur in aging men, can lead to just the opposite: a decrease in strength and size of bones and muscles, sleep problems, inability to concentrate, low sperm count and declining libido.

Testosterone converts to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which attaches itself to receptors in the scalp’s follicles. DHT is notorious for shrinking hair follicles, which can lead to thinning and even a total loss of hair.

The American Hair Loss Association reports that men’s testosterone levels drop by 10% for each decade after thirty, while women’s hormone levels decrease as they near menopause, and drop sharply during and after menopause.

Although hormone levels rise and fall on certain periods in one’s life, the amount of DHT in the body is not the culprit that makes one bald. Some people are more likely to develop alopecia – the medical term for losing one’s hair in certain or all areas of the body – because of a heightened sensitivity of their hair follicles to bind with the DHT that’s circulating in the blood.

This all boils down to the kind of genes one inherits. People with normal or high DHT levels may not be candidates for alopecia if they are not genetically predisposed to the condition. Some may experience it despite having low levels in their system if their body chemistry demonstrates an over-sensitivity to certain hormones.

Baldness isn’t synonymous to virility

The fact that testosterone dictates a man’s size, strength, and endurance doesn’t necessarily mean that all bald men are Olympians in bed, or have more partners.

The Medical Journal of Australia documents a 1994-1997 study that measured if bald men were really more virile than their hairy, or “well-thatched” counterparts. The results, gathered from 2,205 men below the age of 70 years, measured baldness (ranging from nil, receding only, vertex only, and fully bald), the history of ejaculations between the ages of 20-49, and the total number of sex partners.

John Burton, who led the research, concluded that there was no significant evidence that linked baldness and virility. In fact, bald men were significantly less likely to have more than four female sexual partners.

So if you see men sporting the “hair today, gone tomorrow” look, don’t keep your hopes up. They may be in the GQ list, but so are Dr. Phil, Pope Francis, and the Dalai Lama.