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Stem cells from fat tissue triggers hair growth

Date: 20 May 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

Stem cells taken from fat tissue are being used to create a new solution that has been shown to trigger hair regrowth in people with male-pattern baldness. 

 

Background

Androgenetic alopecia - also known as male-pattern baldness and female-pattern baldness - is a condition caused by genetic, hormonal and environmental factors.

 

Details

  • The team recruited 38 patients - 29 men and nine women - with this common baldness and found a 'significant increase in hair count' after 16 weeks. 

  • While it is not life-threatening, male-pattern baldness can lower self-esteem and psychological wellbeing in people with the condition.

  • There are a few FDA-approved medications in the US to treat hair loss, but the most effective can have side effects such as loss of libido and erectile dysfunction. 

  • The discovery of this new solution was made when scientists found connective fat tissue let off growth hormones that help cells develop. 

  • Study authors examined these stem cells in more detail and found they could trigger a number of growth factors increase the size of the hair follicles.   

  • They created a study of mid-aged people with pattern-baldness to discover whether ADSC-CE solutions could work to cure them.

  • Of the 38 patients they studied, half were given ADSC-CE solution and the other a placebo solution that had no growth hormones. 

  • The authors say the findings suggest ADSC-CE solution can have 'enormous potential' as an alternative to other hair growth strategies as it can increase both hair density and thickness.