Scientists Reckon They've Found A Potential New Cure For Baldness

'Promising promoter of hair growth.'

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Scientists believe they've found a potential new cure for baldness, thanks to a drug that treats osteoporosis.

Researchers from PLOS Biology have found the drug, Cyclosporine A, has a dramatic effect on hair follicles and stimulates growth when studied on male hair-transplant patients.

The drug contains a compound called SFRP1, a protein which blocks molecular pathways for hair growth.

Due to its side effects, researchers opted not to use Cyclosporine A but instead used compound WAY-316606 in a test drug to stop a protein that blocks hair production.

According to them, it is a "promising new promoter of human hair growth", better than what Cyclosporine A offers.

Dr Nathan Hawkshaw, who led the project, told the BBC the drug could "make a real difference to people who suffer from hair loss".

The drug's next step will be a clinical trial to determine whether it is safe.

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