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Accidental Find May Lead To a Cure For Baldness

Soulskill posted more than 3 years ago | from the make-it-so dept.

Science 404

kkleiner writes "Science is full of stories in which great discoveries are made by accident: the discovery of radiation, the discovery of the universe's shape through x-ray detection, and now perhaps the cure for hair loss. At the time they returned to the cages to find that their bald mice had miraculously grown their hair back, the scientists at UCLA had no intention of curing baldness. Originally, theirs was in fact a study aimed at reducing the harmful affects of chronic stress. The unanticipated side effect of their treatment could prove a boon to balding men and women everywhere, not to mention to the drug company that delivers the cure to them."

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Hair Loss? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713264)

Well, I got a problem. I have hair on my palms and no idea what to do about it. And I'm open to suggestions. Anyone?

Re:Hair Loss? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713318)

Well, I got a problem. I have hair on my palms and no idea what to do about it. And I'm open to suggestions. Anyone?

Dye it green.

Re:Hair Loss? (1)

drb226 (1938360) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713448)

wax?

Re:Hair Loss? (5, Funny)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713554)

Ditch your palms and buy an iPhone or Android. It's not worth the bother cleaning them up.

Suggestion (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713794)

Burn the American flag [flagburningworld.com]

Shocked. Simply SHOCKED. (3, Funny)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713268)

PETA will have a field day with this one, what with causing artificial stress in the mice to the point where they start losing hair? Think of their self esteem, think of premature heart attacks and strokes...

Re:Shocked. Simply SHOCKED. (1)

kvvbassboy (2010962) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713762)

Wait what? Life Science guys kill and torture rats all the time. If a grad student is lucky he will only work on a dead rat after killing it painlessly. Of course, there are some lucky people who work on fruit flies and yeast, but they apparently don't have as much genetic similarity to humans as rats.

Re:Shocked. Simply SHOCKED. (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713840)

Not to mention causing harmful affects! :-)

Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (4, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713272)

This treatment works by restricting a hormone that helps regulate our stress levels. Isn't it maybe a bad idea to go fucking around with that just because we want a full head of hair?

Just a thought.

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713306)

What? You like stress or something?

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (4, Insightful)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713314)

Meh, million of women mess around with their hormones every month just as a method of birth control, even though much more successful methods exist, and even though many (non-manogamous) should probably be using other methods anyway to protect against diseases. Most people have no problem with stuffing their body full of chemicals, especially when it's prescribe by a "doctor" or in a tasty meal.

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (4, Interesting)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713444)

Not to mention athletes, body builders, and people like myself who get to adjust male hormones, if you do it with the right chemicals in the right doses, farking around with hormones isn't a problem.

Before I got my current treatment regimen going, I was at 39 ng/dl when normal total testosterone levels range from 300 - 1000 ng/dl

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypogonadism [wikipedia.org]

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713820)

Before I got my current treatment regimen going, I was at 39 ng/dl when normal total testosterone levels range from 300 - 1000 ng/dl

Hah-hah. You have tiny balls. Take a douchebag and put two BBs in it and that's your nutsac.

LOLz thanks for sharing bro.

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713502)

...million of women mess around with their hormones every month just as a method of birth control...

And birth control can cause heart attack or stroke, which tends to support the GP's call for caution. The benefits might outweigh the risks, but there are very few pharmaceuticals that lack some type of deleterious side effects.

Cf. antibiotics, which tend to kill off intestinal flora. The benefit of killing off your streptococcus infection outweighs this deleterious effect, but you wouldn't want to be constantly ingesting antibiotics prophylactically.

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713526)

I'd love to hear about the "much more successful methods" of birth control than oral contraceptive (hormone).

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713602)

Abstinence has been working for millions of Slashdot readers for years.

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713608)

Condoms, lower failure rate.

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (4, Informative)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713742)

Condoms, lower failure rate.

Actually, that's not true. According to this data [contracept...nology.org] , women on the contraceptive pill experienced less than half the number of unplanned pregnancies than women who used condoms alone. Combining the two is pretty darn effective. Contraceptive pills also do nothing to limit the spread of disease.

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713624)

Slashdot?

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (1)

Sir_Sri (199544) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713754)

surgery.

In terms of preventing diseases, condoms would seem to be the only main option. I would doubt they are much better than hormones at contraception but they do deal with the disease problem.

Caveat: I don't know the error rate (or tolerance) for oral contraceptives, and I'm not even sure I've ever actually heard it. If the average woman misses say 1 pill a year, or 1 pill every six months or whatever the number is, what does that do to pregnancy risk compared to the supposed effects of taken optimally. Then you get into exposure to conflicting meds etc. which may have a similar problem. Quoting the expected error rate assuming you don't take conflicting meds, don't miss pills etc. isn't real world data on error rates. Condom error rates are probably pretty close to accurate (fall off & break are the main options I would think) neither of which count if you don't bother to wear one in the first place. You can't really 'forget' to wear a condom, well, maybe you can (sleep sex?), but I'm not really sure how that would be factored in, but you can forget pills. I suppose you could apply substances to a condom which degrade its quality (e.g. if you're trying to clean them for reuse, which I could see as an issue in the developing world), but afaik they aren't really designed to be reused.

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (1)

MBraynard (653724) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713822)

Also, being pregnant is a flawless way to prevent additional pregnancy.

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (1, Insightful)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713832)

Up the bum, no harm done.

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (1, Funny)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 3 years ago | (#35714038)

Up the bum, no harm done.

Thank you. It's important for us that we get the perspective of the community of Apple users.

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713746)

"even though much more successful methods exist"

Really? The only more successful ways of having sex without risk of pregnancy are surgeries that make it impossible or expensive to have kids in the future.

"many (non-manogamous) should probably be using other methods anyway to protect against diseases."

Condoms, the next most effective form of birth control that is also the most effective method of sti prevention, is only 98% effective with perfect use, and is only 80-90% effective (yearly) in real-life.
 
  Someone who is serious about not having a child uses both a condom and birth control, because with just a condom 5 years of sex results in a 50-100% chance of pregnancy.

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (2)

digitig (1056110) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713930)

Really? The only more successful ways of having sex without risk of pregnancy are surgeries that make it impossible or expensive to have kids in the future.

I know some lesbians who would disagree with you on that.

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713342)

Psychiatric medication is the same. We also have plastic surgery.

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713424)

maybe a bad idea to go fucking around with that just because we want a full head of hair?
Fuck.
No.
It's a brilliant idea.
(says the bald man)

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713450)

Stress hormones are good in the sense of actual environmental stress - if you're being hunted by predators, or have gone 3 weeks without food, it's better to devote your limited resources towards survival than hair growth

However, humans are pretty good at causing stress for reasons that don't really require these pathways - if you're worried about getting fired, you wind up triggering the same biological mechanisms, despite it being fairly unlikely that devoting less energy to hair maintenance is going to prevent you from losing your job.

If you gave the same blockers to, say, workers in the Japanese nuclear plant right now, you'd likely see a dramatic increase in mortality - because they need those stress pathways activated. For the average person, though, it's not likely to be as harmful.

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713562)

> Isn't it maybe a bad idea to go fucking around with that just because we want a full head of hair?

Hey, if you think the drug isn't a good idea, then you don't have to take it. Problem solved.

p.s. Isn't it maybe a bad idea to tell people what they should and shouldn't do with their lives? (myself included; shame on me for having to point this out to you)

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (4, Insightful)

ShavedOrangutan (1930630) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713572)

The current treatment (Propecia) restricts testosterone. I tried that and it completely eliminated my sex drive. After 8 months, I stopped, but I swear my drive never come back 100% and my hair fell out anyways. So yeah, going bald sucks but messing with your hormones is much worse.

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713816)

do you need one of us to help out your wife?

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (4, Informative)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713866)

Unfortunately, it's might not be your imagination. Hair loss drug linked to less libido, ED [upi.com] To be honest, that possibility wasn't even on my list of things to consider when I opted not to treat my baldness.

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (2)

Mongoose Disciple (722373) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713582)

Insightful?! Clearly there are some mods today that aren't balding yet. :P

Every problem seems trivial until it's your problem.

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713634)

I just don't want to end up stabbing my roommate because I couldn't live with a receding hairline. That really wouldn't be fair to him.

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (3, Funny)

Mongoose Disciple (722373) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713672)

Hey, you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet with a gorgeous full head of hair.

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (1)

xMrFishx (1956084) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713912)

I don't want hair in my omelets you insensitive clod!

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (4, Insightful)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713652)

Err, stress literally kills. The hormones it produces are toxic. A significant amount of people are stressed all the time and its only made worse by the 24/7 society.

Unlike our hunter-gatherer ancestors, we aren't sitting in the sun all day. We're not getting a short high stress event (killing an animal) and then relaxing the rest of the day. We're not getting this level of downtime anymore and chronic stress is common. Heck, Americans barely get vacation days.

Your society, your city, your processed food, your vitamin enriched food, the vaccines in your blood, etc are all technology that has nothing to do with how evolution shaped us for so long. Of course, we should be addressing stress, the same way we address horrible urban conditions with germ theory, cleaning, better sewage, soaps, and antibiotics.

Its a luddite position to think that your body and mind are well suited for modern living and anything controlling that is "unnatural." Its a luddite who says we shouldnt be playing with this. This pandora's box was opened long ago. Appeals to "the natural man" are a fallacy for this reason.

Adding relaxation techniques into your life can make such a significant change its not even funny. Its incredible how much stress we take for granted. Its not normal, its not healthy, and it is a problem. I'm very excited by this research. I hate the idea that its 100% socially acceptable to be a caffeine addict workaholic, but once we start talking about relaxation, downtime, stress, etc suddenly we're all so careful!

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (1)

lennier (44736) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713868)

Its a luddite position to think that your body and mind are well suited for modern living

Indeed. Ned Ludd [wikipedia.org] was a big fan of Fred Taylor [wikipedia.org] . The two of them often went out for drinks together, in between rounds of machine-smashing and systematising the workforce.

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713716)

Remember Mirapex? It was a drug that stopped you from getting the "crazy legs" at night (technical name: Restless Leg Syndrome). Only problem was it also turned off all self control, and some recipients ended up with total gambling addictions.

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713824)

Once you are bald, you will rethink that idea.

Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713992)

I started going bald at 22 years old and I wouldn't load up on this drug until we've got other human beings taking it for a long-ass time first.

Disclaimer for TV... (2)

penguin_dance (536599) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713300)

The bad news it makes your dick shrink.

Re:Disclaimer for TV... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713354)

The bad news it makes your dick shrink.

Or high blood pressure. Or cancer. Or irritability. Or impotence. Or....there's no free ride people.

And you can bet that the pharma studies will downplay the side effects dramatically.

just like the weener pills all over again (2)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713420)

screw this shit, I want my boosterspice!

Re:Disclaimer for TV... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713630)

"there's no free ride people."

Of course there is. There are plenty of men who aren't bald. What's their secret? Thing is, the human race isn't nearly as smart or technological as it fancies itself to be... Otherwise we'd be able to zoom in on the DNA, say "this sequence codes for this protein at this time in this environment", and we'd be able to stop or undo that program.

We can't because we're too busy milking the easy stuff like computers and jet engines for the past 5 decades.

Re:Disclaimer for TV... (2)

BradleyUffner (103496) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713396)

It's ok, they make a pill for that too.
And one to fix its side effects also.

Re:Disclaimer for TV... (1)

TigerTime (626140) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713622)

Why don't the side effects ever make your dick grow? The side effects always seem to suck.

I want side effects that give me a bigger penis, reduce cancer risks, increase mental retention, facilitate muscle growth, increase stamina, increase life expectancy, etc, etc.

Re:Disclaimer for TV... (1)

LighterShadeOfBlack (1011407) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713774)

Why don't the side effects ever make your dick grow? The side effects always seem to suck.

Because if someone develops anything that does that as a side-effect, that will quickly become the effect. New penis enlarger (side effects may include: hairiness, full bladder control, anxious mousiness)

Re:Disclaimer for TV... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713828)

Don't you know that that's just the way drugs work? For every 1 benefit, you get a half dozen drawbacks.

If there were one miracle drug like that with no side-effects, it would already exist in nature as it would be a huge boon to survival.

Re:Disclaimer for TV... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713892)

30 minutes of daily exercise will give you all of that, except for the larger manhood.

captcha: scorned

Re:Disclaimer for TV... (1)

KugelKurt (908765) | more than 3 years ago | (#35714042)

Why don't the side effects ever make your dick grow?

They do. Ever heard of that blood pressure pill called Viagra?

Conspiracies abound (2, Funny)

sumdumass (711423) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713308)

Now, who wants to bet that a major food company who also owns a razor manufacturing plant will by the rights to this drug, pay off the government and convince them to label it an herbal food supplement, rename it something that sounds like it will cure cancer, then put small amounts into the food stuff they see.

Of course I didn't read the article. But hey, I've seen less believable conspiracies based on less facts flourish so don't blame me for trying my own 100 mile per gallon carburetor.

Re:Conspiracies abound (0)

RingDev (879105) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713434)

I think it would be far more likely for the makers of Rogain to purchase the IP and shelve it, or attempt to find some way to limited its effective duration to ensure a constant revenue stream.

-Rick

Re:Conspiracies abound (1)

ELitwin (1631305) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713994)

Based on TFA, it doesn't sound like it would be a one time treatment. It would probably require on-going medication to keep the stress hormone at bay. If this ever pans out to be a viable treatment, it would provide a steady revenue stream to the manufacturer.

This may cheer up some folks.. (1)

intellitech (1912116) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713324)

But not if this cure is going to cost an arm and a leg. I wonder if many health insurance plans would cover it.

Re:This may cheer up some folks.. (1)

halivar (535827) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713402)

I would pay almost any price straight out of pocket, without blinking. While the Kojack look is kinda cool ("I mean for you! Not for me," people say), I would do anything to have my (real, honest-to-god) hair back.

Re:This may cheer up some folks.. (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713464)

I would do anything to have my (real, honest-to-god) hair back.

Rogaine worked for my 70-something year old great uncle. It's thin, but he's definitely not bald anymore.

Re:This may cheer up some folks.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713738)

I guess if you have a funny head it would be worth it, but I like the bald look now.

I did Rogaine for a bit when I first got thin. Seemed to help a bit, but it sure wasn't cheap. On top of that I eventually stopped seeing a reason to take a heart medication for my whole life just to have hair. Now I sometimes wish for the opposite - a way to permanently remove my hair so I don't have to shave every damn day.

"I would do anything to have my (real, honest-to-god) hair back." -- And that's why it will be at least $100 a month.

You won't get to wear a nice silver jumpsuit and rocket pack unless you shave your head and come join the future.

Re:This may cheer up some folks.. (1)

halivar (535827) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713958)

As much as I would like to have hair, I would like to have a rocket pack more.

Re:This may cheer up some folks.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713962)

I certainly support your desire to have hair if hair is something you want, but "pay almost any price" makes it sound like the problem is deeper than a lack of hair.

If not having hair is affecting your quality of life, it sounds like a self-esteem issue. You may think that getting hair will fix your self-esteem, but in reality you'll find something else that you don't like about yourself, and your quality of life won't really improve.

So by all means, keep trying to find a way to get your hair back. But at the same time, learn to rock what you've got.

Re:This may cheer up some folks.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35714000)

Get a rug, you fucking chromedome.

Re:This may cheer up some folks.. (1)

SydShamino (547793) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713978)

That's okay, next week they'll announce a cure for arm- and leg-lessness, which regrows lost limbs!

Too bad that one will cost your first born...

Socialists find the answers that Capitalists cant? (1, Interesting)

RingDev (879105) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713378)

Just to poke my anti-socialist friends with a stick, I find it interesting that a publicly funded institute happened apon this discovery and not a private corporation.

Then again, if it is a "cure" then there is no capitalist drive for it to see the light of day when "treatments" that require continual purchase are available.

-Rick

Re:Socialists find the answers that Capitalists ca (3, Interesting)

damburger (981828) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713458)

Playing devils advocate, public funded research could be consider an integral part of a capitalist society, and something capitalists support?

Re:Socialists find the answers that Capitalists ca (4, Insightful)

pushing-robot (1037830) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713872)

Or perhaps "capitalist societies" and "socialist societies" don't exist outside of textbooks, because real societies always contain some degree of each?

Re:Socialists find the answers that Capitalists ca (1)

lennier (44736) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713966)

Playing devils advocate, public funded research could be consider an integral part of a capitalist society, and something capitalists support?

In the fine print of its employment contract, the word "capitalism" is required to scream loudly and faint when used in the same sentence as either "public" or "society".

Re:Socialists find the answers that Capitalists ca (1, Insightful)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713462)

> Just to poke my anti-socialist friends with a stick, I find it interesting that a publicly funded institute happened apon this discovery and not a private corporation.

...Bound to happen eventually...

Re:Socialists find the answers that Capitalists ca (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713600)

Just to poke my anti-socialist friends with a stick, I find it interesting that a publicly funded institute happened apon this discovery and not a private corporation.

Right because of course, nobody will ever give money away in a completely free market. These are the same stupid arguments made time and time again, "unless we take money by force, nobody will help the poor" or "unless we take money by force, nobody will donate to public research". That is idiotic. The very existence of laws aimed to help the poor or support public research is evidence that most people do want to support those things! If you disagree then you think that most people don't want to help the poor but most people do want to vote for laws that will make them help the poor at gunpoint. Seriously, please think before you speak.

Take money by force? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713764)

you do realize that your capitalist private free market stores also rely on the principle of being able to use force, right?

What, do you think the police use hugs and kindness to stop theft??

Re:Socialists find the answers that Capitalists ca (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713628)

The doc in the story is not only Director of the UCLA Hair Lab, she's also a client.

Wait, wat? (2)

binford2k (142561) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713388)

Three months later they returned to the cages

Misleading title. Should be "Scientists accidentally discover a way around that pesky eating requirement."

One day... (3, Funny)

damburger (981828) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713408)

...there will be a simple, over-the-counter cure for baldness.

And then, on the following day, a drunk college student will pass out and have the formula smeared all over his face by his almost equally drunk 'friends'

Re:One day... (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713642)

And then, on the following day, a drunk college student will pass out and have the formula smeared all over his face by his almost equally drunk 'friends'

Do people already do stuff like this with current solutions like rogain / minidoxal / whatever? One thought I had once was it is odd that people like body mods like surgery and piercing and hair dye and fooling around trimming and painting their nails, not to forget having their skin all permanently inked up, but even on the weirdest darkest corners of the internet I've never heard about people doing "alternative hair growth". You know those guys at the pro football games who take their shirts off so the camera takes their picture and they've got body paint in the theme of their local sports team? How come nobody has ever grown a big fuzzy green bay "G" or something like that? Or those furry people getting .. really furry? Or 12 year old kids growing beards so as not to be carded buying booze and tobacco?

Re:One day... (1)

damburger (981828) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713718)

Apply Occam's Razor. The current stuff doesn't work...

Re:One day... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713712)

Or her almost equally drunk friends.

Side effects include (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713436)

Sudden loss of blood, rare forms of cancer, suicidal thoughts, blindness, impotence, and increased bodily hair growth.

Darwin may not favour vanity after all.

There's an ad for a psoriasis drug on TV right now that includes cancer as a side effect. Who has psoriasis sooo bad that increased risk of cancer is worth a reduction in psoriasis?

Re:Side effects include (1)

reboot246 (623534) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713790)

It depends on the risk. Recently I took something that "doubled" my risk of pancreatic cancer.

Sounds scary, right? Nah, the risk went from 4 in 10,000 to 8 in 10,000. Even had it gone to 100 in 10,000 it would have been worth the risk.

There are plenty of men who like being bald (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713512)

I am one of them. I love being bald. It's part of me. Nobody every mistook a bald man for a woman. Plenty of women love bald men too, because it's caused by an excess of testosterone.

Seriously - any bald men who aren't happy being bald need to just a) grow a pair and get over it, b) be grateful with what they've got left, c) stop thinking about themselves all the time.

Problems (1, Interesting)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713544)

There are some problems:

Mice are covered with hair. I envision getting an injection and suddenly sprouting hair ... freaking everywhere. Also what happens if my eyebrows and nose hair are out of control already, and now I turbocharge them? And my back hair that already keeps me warm in the winter?

This is reported on a website that also reports the following "NEW" stories:
1) Scare story about web traffic monitoring (around since the 90s)
2) designer babies are coming (since the 40s or so, at least since the 80s, I've seen the discover magazines to prove it)
3) multi-axis CNC milling machines exist and are shiny (uh, since the 60s)
4) automation might lead to economic problems (since the 00s, 1900s I mean)
5) nanotech techniques exist to engrave things (since the 90s)

So I'm just askin', and its a fair question, is this breathless report about that newly invented drug .. Minoxidil / Rogaine? Could the site really be so out of touch to report something that old as new? Or is it kind of a campy humor site, kinda like the onion?

Re:Problems (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713896)

I know this IS slashdot, but if you'd read the article, you'd know that they describe minoxidil / rogaine within the article as the current state of the art, and not as the possible wonder drug.

Re:Problems (1)

lennier (44736) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713988)

I envision getting an injection and suddenly sprouting hair ... freaking everywhere.

It's not the hair.

It's the tail.

What I want to know (1)

ElMiguel (117685) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713558)

Man! Maybe now we'll find out what color Bruce Willis' hair is.

Missing info... (5, Informative)

thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713566)

This has nothing to do with male pattern baldness despite the grand title. It only allows showed the hair loss specifically related to stress to be reversed -- which actually can also happen on its own if you remove the stressor(s) that are causing it to occur.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress-and-hair-loss/AN01442 [mayoclinic.com]

Re:Missing info... (1)

Wraithlyn (133796) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713852)

The article does state this quite clearly.

"The findings in the current study are limited in their application as this study models hair loss related to stress and thus may not be relevant to hair loss brought on by factors other than stress."

Another Day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713570)

Blah, blah, blah, every day another miracle cure. I'm not sure I want my hair back, I has unruly hair anyway.

Now we... (1)

MrQuacker (1938262) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713578)

Now we just need something to make our dicks long and hard. Then the cycle of Idiocracy will have completed.

Personallly.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713614)

.. I can't wait to be balled.

That's nothing (1)

Huckabees (1929306) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713616)

The real breakthrough for pharmaceutical corporations will be when they devise a way for all beneficial effects of the treatment to disappear the moment you stop purchasing.... *ahem* taking the prescribed dosage.

Proper word (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35713656)

The proper word is 'serendipitous'... as in, "Serendipitous find may lead to a cure for boldness"

Re:Proper word (1)

dbraden (214956) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713916)

Noting that "accidental" isn't improper. "Serendipitous" is probably a better fit, but "accidental" works, too.

hhmmm (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713686)

Lots of funny/stupid comments on here... but as someone thats losing his hair let me be the first to say "WOOOOOOOTTTTT!!!!!!!!"

Cure... (1)

Bert64 (520050) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713714)

No drug company will provide a cure unless they're forced to, there is far more profit in providing temporary relief from the symptoms so that the patient has to keep buying your drugs indefinitely.

What? No mention (1)

ArhcAngel (247594) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713728)

This potential baldness cure is right up there with the attempt to control blood pressure and the subsequent discovery of VIAGRA. [wikipedia.org] Let's cure a deadly disease turns into let's make Meeellions!!

No way... (1)

Servaas (1050156) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713766)

My thick strong black hairs were the only thing I had over my relativity wealthier friends.

The difference between mice and men! (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713818)

Chronic stress grows hair for mice. For men they tear their hair out in tufts and become bald. That shows when you are the masters of the universe you control everything for your personal benefit.

Homer Simpson... (1)

cyberfin (1454265) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713858)

...wants to know where he can buy this miracle product! He'll take five dousin!

Oh how i have waited for this (1)

Skelde (697341) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713864)

m only 27 and i already have a bad case of male patern baldnes.

On top of my head i have only like 10 hairs the sqr cm,
add to that that im blond, and people think im completely bald on the top off my head.
Strangely the hair on my sides is , smooth and delicate.
When i was little, people always padded my head "Oh you have got such wonderfull hair."(Person my strokes head)*feals good man*
Thats probably why i got male pattern baldness.

Now, if i dont cut my Hair realy short,
i look like Phill Collins from the 80ies.

Re:Oh how i have waited for this (1)

gbjbaanb (229885) | more than 3 years ago | (#35714036)

well, if you can fix that with a razor and start looking like Patrick Stewart then you'll be fighting the totty off.

And no, having your head patted doesn't make you go bald.

Bald-headed captains (2)

hellfire (86129) | more than 3 years ago | (#35713922)

Kirk got a hairpiece stapled to his scalp... and he had no problems getting women.
Picard was proud to be bald... and didn't seem to have problem getting women.
Sisko shaved his head! He was married twice!

This is not news for nerds. If nerds know anything, it's not what's on top of their head, but what's in the captain's chair that counts.

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