There are several reasons why I’m not overly enthusiastic about this. I’m referring to the article on BBC News:
The headline: “Potential new cure for baldness”.
– They don’t seem to be overly confident…
“new treatments are exciting as they give people more treatment options that may be effective.”
– Not quite sure how this makes the news if they don’t even know if it’s going to work or not…
“a clinical trial would be needed to see if the treatment was effective and safe in people”
– Again: touting this as a hairloss cure seems premature.
In “The Independent”, the researcher is quoted as saying, “It could one day make a real difference to people who suffer from hair loss.”
– “One day”? Doesn’t sound like it’s right around the corner, even if it does work.
Also from “The Independent”: “The follicles quickly went into the active “anagen” phase of hair growth, and began sprouting hair.”
– I may be wrong about this, but isn’t that the mechanism of Minoxidil? Shouldn’t we be looking for something that reverses the miniturization of the hair follicles instead? (Putting the follicles into their growth phase is all well and good, but what use is it if the hair that is produced is so small that you can’t actually see it?)
I wonder why this was all over the news today - I’m not saying it won’t work, but it just doesn’t seem to be particularly far advanced. (But then again, the researchers may know more than they’re letting on.)
Does anyone know if that osteoporosis drug is FDA approved (and could be prescribed off-label)? That would change things considerably.