Could hair loss be a thing of the past for the men and women who suffer from it?
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Demand for hair loss products and treatments exploded in Europe in 2021, post-COVID, according to data from a survey conducted by Euromonitor International consulted by TVANouvelles.ca.
The demand for baldness treatment is expected to continue to increase at an annual growth rate of 3% for the coming years. Concern about hair loss is also on the rise and worries about 10% of the population.
Post-pandemic stress is particularly questionable.
An important breakthrough made by US researchers could allow finding a “cure” for the treatment of baldness.
Scientists from the University of Utah and the University of Pittsburgh have discovered a gene called the “caveman gene” that is believed to cause baldness.
According to their research, this gene can simply be “reactivated” so that a person can see their hair grow back.
This discovery will be revolutionary for anyone who suffers from hair loss, not only men, but women as well and people who suffer from alopecia as a result of chemotherapy or any other patient.
The study looked at the genetic codes of 62 animals, including monkeys and gorillas, to find out why the ‘caveman gene’ causes baldness in humans.
There are a large number of genes that we don’t know much about. “We think they may play a role in hair growth and maintenance,” says Dr. Nathan Clark of the University of Utah Health.
They hope these genes can be manipulated to prevent hair loss from occurring.
There are currently two non-surgical treatments for male pattern hair loss: finasteride, which suppresses the production of dihydrotestosterone, and minoxidil, which stimulates the transition of hair from the resting phase to the growth phase.
Both can be taken orally or topically. The problem is that these treatments only work as long as they are used.
Hair transplants are also common, but they cost at least $5,000.
New surgical techniques, such as scalp strip grafts, are also being used. Failure rates are said to be less than 1%, MailOnline reports.
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