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Scientists Successfully Grow Full Head of Hair On Bald Man

Soulskill posted about 4 months ago | from the not-for-patrick-stewart dept.

Biotech 109

realized writes: "A man with almost no hair on his body has grown a full head of it after a novel treatment by doctors at Yale University. The patient had previously been diagnosed with both alopecia universalis, a disease that results in loss of all body hair, and plaque psoriasis, a condition characterized by scaly red areas of skin. The only hair on his body was within the psoriasis plaques on his head. He was referred to Yale Dermatology for treatment of the psoriasis. The alopecia universalis had never been treated.

After two months on tofacitinib [an FDA-approved arthritis drug] at 10 mg daily, the patient's psoriasis showed some improvement, and the man had grown scalp and facial hair — the first hair he'd grown there in seven years. After three more months of therapy at 15 mg daily, the patient had completely regrown scalp hair and also had clearly visible eyebrows, eyelashes, and facial hair, as well as armpit and other hair, the doctors said."

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Vajayay Rejuvenation! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47284703)

Will this work to restore a dense thicket to the vajayjays of women who've had their hairy pie hair lasered off, once the stinky jungle look is back in fashion?

Re:Vajayay Rejuvenation! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47285135)

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title should be... (4, Informative)

TheSHAD0W (258774) | about 4 months ago | (#47284705)

"Scientists Accidentally Grow Full Head of Hair On Bald Man"

The result was unintended, though interesting.

Re:title should be... (5, Funny)

kruach aum (1934852) | about 4 months ago | (#47284755)

I think in medicine the "accidental" part is assumed.

Re:title should be... (2)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 4 months ago | (#47285075)

Apparently, this was one of those famous "that's funny..." [americanscientist.org] -moments. ;-)

Re:title should be... (1)

davester666 (731373) | about 4 months ago | (#47289607)

Yeah, the guy is still dying of cancer, but damn, he'll look good in the coffin.

Re:title should be... (4, Informative)

TechyImmigrant (175943) | about 4 months ago | (#47284761)

Or "Yet again scientist stare another bucket of evidence that inflammation underlays many human ailments from cancer to heart disease to hair loss and treating the underlying inflammation for one thing is effective in more ways than they expected"

Re:title should be... (4, Interesting)

niado (1650369) | about 4 months ago | (#47284937)

Or "Yet again scientist stare another bucket of evidence that inflammation underlays many human ailments from cancer to heart disease to hair loss and treating the underlying inflammation for one thing is effective in more ways than they expected"

Interesting observation. JAK inhibitors [wikipedia.org] and TNF inhibitors [wikipedia.org] (including monoclonal antibodies [wikipedia.org] ), are commonly used to treat various forms of autoimmune diseases such as arthritis (in it's varying manifestations), psoriasis, IBS, ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's. These autoimmune diseases have a high rate of comorbidity and often respond to the same or similar treatments.

Alopecia [wikipedia.org] was already thought to be an autoimmune disorder, so the observed results should not be very surprising. It seems to be only newsworthy since the treatment happened to be a total cure for a very rare disease.

Re:title should be... (4, Insightful)

MozeeToby (1163751) | about 4 months ago | (#47285045)

Do you have any idea how much a pill that cures baldness would be worth? After erectile dysfunction that's like the holy grail of the pharmaceutical industry, a drug to treat something that's incredibly common especially in middle aged men (in theory when disposable income skyrockets) that's also very embarrassing for a smaller but still large large number of younger people.

That's why it's news. Unfortunately for Pfizer (and the many men, including myself, who are balding) his particular baldness was almost certainly caused by a rare autoimmune disorder (and treated by a drug designed to treat similar disorder) and is therefore unlikely to produce a generalized treatment

Re:title should be... (1)

Jason Goatcher (3498937) | about 4 months ago | (#47285137)

Do you have any idea how much a pill that cures baldness would be worth? After erectile dysfunction that's like the holy grail of the pharmaceutical industry

I think anti-balding would be more popular since it would improve the chances of getting the women to pay attention in the first place.

Follicles follicles follicles! (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 4 months ago | (#47285609)

I think anti-balding would be more popular since it would improve the chances of getting the women to pay attention in the first place.

Right. Because they totally don't pay attention to anything else. You know, like how many houses, cars, or basketball teams he owns.

Re:Follicles follicles follicles! (1)

yodleboy (982200) | about 4 months ago | (#47288121)

"Right. Because they totally don't pay attention to anything else. You know, like how many houses, cars, or basketball teams he owns."

Finding those things out requires conversation... If she says "thanks for the drink, I was just leaving" at the the first sight of your baldness, how will you get to that point? Assuming your idea of casual conversation does not involve screaming "I HAVE N HOUSES!!!" at her back as she walks away, of course...

You described Republicans. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47285209)

They're all bald, impotent men so they would spend billions on a solution. That is, if they allowed you to patent it. Knowing how dishonest their kind is, they would just steal it. That is their way.

Re:title should be... (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 4 months ago | (#47285377)

Do you have any idea how much a pill that cures baldness would be worth?

But this medicine would be for people who are completely hairless.

Most men who are balding have no trouble growing a beard and some have very hairy bodies. Take a look at my Tinder profile photo to see what I mean:

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QqA... [blogspot.com]

Re:title should be... (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 4 months ago | (#47285723)

Except that this is a ** very rare ** form of baldness. Not your typical male pattern type. Giving the majority of people tumor necrosis factors would 1) improve a number of other chronic diseases (described above) 2) cause quite a bit of excess morbidity (TNFs predispose people to some nasty infections and weird cancers) and 3) run up a very big bill.

Interesting, not particularly important.

Re:title should be... (1)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 4 months ago | (#47286143)

Not your typical male pattern type.

There is a simple cure for typical male pattern baldness: castration. Eunuchs almost never go bald.

Re:title should be... (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | about 4 months ago | (#47287017)

Sure. For those with typical male pattern baldness, it's their hair follicles that are sensitive to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). As I understand it, DHT is created when testosterone is metabolized. Cut the nuts off, and there goes the DHT.

Destroyed psyche (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47287063)

Your solution while in jest, actually isn't feasible.

Unless grown up a eunich, removal of any source of sex hormones results in an emotionally destroyed individual. Suicide is common. Read up on the accounts of regret of those that chose to do this, if you dare. Those that live successfully through this end up getting some sort of testosterone (or estrogen, if they want to swing that way) injections.

Re:title should be... (1)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | about 4 months ago | (#47287133)

A testicular cancer survivor with very low T prior to HRT.
Still went bald when testosterone was under 200 and i was having male menopause symptoms.

Re:title should be... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47289873)

Sorry to hear about that. I am happy you survived the cancer. FYI, the term you're looking for is "manopause". It's quite common for males between 45-60ish

Re:title should be... (1)

TWX (665546) | about 4 months ago | (#47286937)

Do you have any idea how much a pill that cures baldness would be worth? After erectile dysfunction that's like the holy grail of the pharmaceutical industry, a drug to treat something that's incredibly common especially in middle aged men (in theory when disposable income skyrockets) that's also very embarrassing for a smaller but still large large number of younger people.

A drug that treated hair loss in women would probably see even more sales. Women with hair loss are significantly more stigmatized than men are. Only downside in this case appears to be the regrowth of other-than-head hair, which society generally finds the exact opposite, so women that have such a treatment would also have to spend a lot more time in the salon dealing with all of the unwanted hair too.

Re:title should be... (1)

jafac (1449) | about 4 months ago | (#47287171)

Just develop a pill that "cures" female aversion to bald (or balding) men.

Problem solved.

Re: title should be... (1)

Jonathan Hart (2984995) | about 4 months ago | (#47288171)

This is a positive result, and it could be interesting to know how this works out in the long term. This treatment may not be a permanent cure but may require periodic doses of the medicine in perpetuity. On the other hand, the man's body has clearly changed as a result of the treatment. Some of these changes may resist atrophy if the treatment is stopped. And on the third hand, it is possible that the subject may gradually develop a resistance to the treatment and require ever larger doses until safe limits are reached and it is necessary to allow the condition to return. I guess the best part of this is that the result supports the Doctors hypothesis, which can lead to more research and eventually a better understanding of the mechanisms of these diseases.

Re:title should be... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47284989)

Or "Yet again scientist stare another bucket of evidence that inflammation underlays many human ailments from cancer to heart disease to hair loss and treating the underlying inflammation for one thing is effective in more ways than they expected"

The inflammatory response is critical to protecting us all from invasion, colonization and consumption by microbes. The problem is, it is such a blunt evolutionary instrument that is can throw the baby out with the bathwater and cause much damage while "defending", and it is subject to be triggered or reprogrammed inappropriately, such as with allergies and conditions such as asthma.

Re:title should be... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47284771)

You may not be aware; accidental discovery is a really common thing. You should read the wikipedia article on Viagra.

Re:title should be... (1)

rmdingler (1955220) | about 4 months ago | (#47285171)

My thoughts, too.

IIRC, researchers were looking for a medication to regrow lost hair in middle aged men.

They got something to grow again, all right.

Re:title should be... (5, Insightful)

PsychoSlashDot (207849) | about 4 months ago | (#47284863)

"Scientists Accidentally Grow Full Head of Hair On Bald Man"

To be fair, the real article title was too long...

Scientists Accidentally Grow Full Head of Hair On Man Who Was Bald For None of The Reasons That Would Make This Discovery Interesting To A Reasonable Number of People

Re:title should be... (4, Informative)

cfalcon (779563) | about 4 months ago | (#47285273)

Mod this up. While this is a great discovery, the autoimmune form of this is super rare compared to any of the male pattern baldness things.

It won't help most men at all. But, still, good news.

Re:title should be... (1)

Jim Sadler (3430529) | about 4 months ago | (#47286547)

Why not simply try it on some bald folks and see how it works?

Re:title should be... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47286621)

"Man grows pubes for the first time". I guess that was what was meant by "other hair".

Re:title should be... (1)

nospam007 (722110) | about 4 months ago | (#47284967)

"Scientists Accidentally Grow Full Head of Hair On Bald Man"

"The result was unintended, though interesting."

I guess millions of bald men will complain of arthritis pain to their doctor real soon now.

Re:title should be... (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about 4 months ago | (#47285005)

I'm not sure it works on people without chronic alopecia. It probably has no effect on age related male pattern baldness, given its original purpose.

Re:title should be... (3, Insightful)

David_Hart (1184661) | about 4 months ago | (#47284971)

"Scientists Accidentally Grow Full Head of Hair On Bald Man"

The result was unintended, though interesting.

Better title:

Scientists treat autoimmune disease with arthritis drug, hair loss reversed

Re:title should be... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47287595)

Less clickable

Re:title should be... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47288279)

Better title:

slashdot story submitter is a fucking ignorant moron.

Re:title should be... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47287425)

"King believed it might be possible to address both diseases simultaneously using an existing FDA-approved drug for rheumatoid arthritis called tofacitinib citrate."

How is that accidental or unintended?

Not the same as male pattern baldness (4, Informative)

i kan reed (749298) | about 4 months ago | (#47284719)

I mean, that's obvious, but just in case anyone is too hopeful.

Not the same as male pattern baldness (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47284837)

Ehh... when i saw this article title i was thinking FINALLY! ;/

Re:Not the same as male pattern baldness (2)

Second_Derivative (257815) | about 4 months ago | (#47285229)

Yup. This guy has an auto-immune disorder. Pattern baldness is caused by premature death of hair follicles. Treating that would require a way to bring those cells back from the dead or some really nifty tricks with stem cells to replace them.

Not that that's going to stop a deluge of clickbait crap about this over the next few weeks, I'm sure.

Some guys have all the luck (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47284725)

Lucky guy.

No word about male genetic alopecia yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47284731)

Read the title and was already celebrating...

Re:No word about male genetic alopecia yet? (1)

CronoCloud (590650) | about 4 months ago | (#47284845)

Don't anti-androgens work like Finasteride, Spironolactone, cyproterone and dutasteride work on that?

Great news! (1)

Captain_Carnage (4901) | about 4 months ago | (#47284733)

Maybe now I can throw away all those baseball caps that make me look silly... ;-)

Re:Great news! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47284813)

Ron Howard? Is that you?

Re: Great news! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47284833)

That's cute you blame the ball caps.

Re:Great news! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47285109)

That would be teriffic if this caused dudes to stop being so fucking gauche and take their fucking hat off indoors.

one word - idiocracy (1)

Lead Butthead (321013) | about 4 months ago | (#47287169)

now the most brilliant minds can move on to prolonging male erection. no, boosting IQ is still dead last in the list.

Hair everywhere (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47284747)

I want to know how hairy his ass is now. Head hair would be nice, but if it's more hair everywhere, that's not gonna be pretty.

Actual article link (with more photos) (3, Informative)

AthanasiusKircher (1333179) | about 4 months ago | (#47284765)

Here. [nature.com]

(What the article doesn't explain is why a science article needs a title involving an unnecessary metaphor and a colon: "Killing Two Birds with One Stone: Oral Tofacitinib Reverses Alopecia Universalis in a Patient with Plaque Psoriasis.")

Re:Actual article link (with more photos) (1)

Cabriel (803429) | about 4 months ago | (#47284961)

About the metaphor, it clarifies what the article is about. Not everyone immediately knows Alopecia Universalis is completely distinct from Plaque Psoriasis--not that most people probably even know anything about either of those.

Re:Actual article link (with more photos) (1)

avandesande (143899) | about 4 months ago | (#47285429)

I don't think the cure is particularly novel either... aren't both psoriasis and arthritis autoimmune disorders?

Re:Actual article link (with more photos) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47286831)

Yes, the colon metaphor is totally uncalled for. Would you want hair growing out of your colon?

hard working scientists (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47284799)

Solved baldness, now working on penis enlargement and 5-assed monkeys. Thanks so much.

Ecological problem? (-1)

CRCulver (715279) | about 4 months ago | (#47284805)

How much carbon is produced by the production of shampoos and their associated plastic bottles, by the manufacture of hairstyling equipment, the molding of combs, etc? Having more hair might make someone feel better about himself individually, but on a societal level that increased consumption has its toll on the environment.

Ecological problem? (1)

Anonymous CowWord (635850) | about 4 months ago | (#47284843)

Good lord. I know some people will find any asnine thing to complain about in the name of the environment, but seriously? The computer/device you are on to make that post caused large amounts of pollution. Perhaps you should give that up and go live in a cave with nature.

Re:Ecological problem? (1)

spitzak (4019) | about 4 months ago | (#47285491)

I think that was a joke, right?

Re:Ecological problem? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47284859)

How much carbon is produced by someone typing away on an Internet-connected device, asking such an asinine question?

If you want to preach "societal" responsibility... The plate's over there, son. You had better step up first.

Re: Ecological problem? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47286679)

Speaking of which... Why can't Linux change monitor refresh rates yet? As "intelligent" as the Linux crowd is supposed to be, why has no one successfully hacked a working video card driver? Why the hell won't hasn't someone gotten Linux to connect to an iPhone 5s? Why isn't there a flawless installer/uninstaller for Linux that works with all packages? These are the questions that matter.

Oh, and does this drug grow happy trails. I want a happy trail bush that starts at my pigeon chest.

Re:Ecological problem? (1)

reboot246 (623534) | about 4 months ago | (#47284917)

How much carbon dioxide do you exhale, CR? Stop that right now! Your insane obsession with the environment is taking its toll on the rest of us.

Re:Ecological problem? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47285061)

Best comment of the year so far. Take that you stupid long-hair liberals. Shave your head with ecology responsible DIY rock-knife or you're killing Gaia. Also, I want say big WHOOSH to everybody else on the comment thread.

Hygiene has a cost (1)

swb (14022) | about 4 months ago | (#47285195)

People who had hair and lost it are likely to consume more resources as measured by the effort they put into trying to compensate for it (buying lots of products which don't work, marginal medical therapies, extra car trips in search of remedies, etc) than they would consume just maintaining good hygiene on hair that grew back reliably.

And even people who go bald and don't care often only have partial baldness and would consume styling products anyway, even if they used less of them due to less hair.

Re:Hygiene has a cost (0)

CRCulver (715279) | about 4 months ago | (#47285279)

Thanks for the serious response. It baffles me that it's now commonplace for people to question the wisdom of e.g. transporting Fiji Water or frozen foods around the world instead of encouraging local production and consumption, but few pause to consider the carbon cost of other consumer items in our modern world.

Re:Ecological problem? (1)

bhlowe (1803290) | about 4 months ago | (#47285197)

Lack of head cover can cause skin cancer. Knitting wool hats can increase demand for sheep. Sheep farts are also bad for the environment. I'm not sure if the impact on carbon for premature mortality is offset by the sheep farts.

Re:Ecological problem? (1)

iggymanz (596061) | about 4 months ago | (#47285409)

a completely negligle amount, compared to that used for fuel and electricity. look it up.

Re:Ecological problem? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47288065)

Go fuck yourself, you inconsiderate prick. I hope all of your hair falls out.

Hmmmmm... (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about 4 months ago | (#47284821)

That "armpit and other hair" can be a problem.

I might be inclined to just do without. But I could probably do without psoriasis too.

Re:Hmmmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47285463)

Lots of women don't shave their armpit and other hair.

Re:Hmmmmm... (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about 4 months ago | (#47285897)

Lots of women don't shave their armpit and other hair.

And on average they get laid a lot less.

I'm not saying that's good or bad. It's just a fact. Part of our culture.

Re:Hmmmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47286493)

Do they get laid a lot less, or do they just get laid other sex partners? Besides, how much time does the average woman spend shaving armpit and other hair? Is it really worth it to get laid with different sex partners, even if there might be a "lot more" of them?

Re:Hmmmmm... (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about 4 months ago | (#47289321)

Do they get laid a lot less, or do they just get laid other sex partners?

They get laid a lot less.

Re:Hmmmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47290117)

What makes you so sure? Did you stop shaving your armpit and other hair, and find that you got laid a lot less?

AIDS (2)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47284869)

The drug costs $2055 a month for a 10 mg per day dose. It's a universal anti-lymphocite agent which basically induces a state similar to AIDS, by killing off lymphocytes and leaving the door open for serious infections or diseases, so not exactly safe either.

Re:AIDS (1)

CronoCloud (590650) | about 4 months ago | (#47285001)

As TFA states the drug is an arthritis drug and AIDS did actually reduce the arthritis symptoms of Arthritis sufferers who acquired AIDS, was told that by my mothers Rheumatologist. Some Arthritis sufferers have immune systems so "revved up" that they're effectively immune to AIDS. drugs like tofacitinib are basically controllable immune suppression Tofacitinib is basically used for those who can't tolerate the first line immune supressor...methotrexate.

Methotrexate is effective and because arthritis sufferers take it in seriously low doses they don't get the some of the side effects cancer patients get. It's now a first line treatment, I think preferred over even hydroxychloroquine. Worked fairly well on my mother, they had her stop taking it, they thought it was perhaps causing her blood counts to go seriously wrong and supress her appetite. Don't even have to inject it, Arthritis patients can just take a syringe, draw the dose of the liquid (most common form) and put it in water.

I wonder if methotrexate would have had the same effect on that fellows alopecia universalis

Re:AIDS (2, Informative)

niado (1650369) | about 4 months ago | (#47285013)

It's a universal anti-lymphocite agent which basically induces a state similar to AIDS, by killing off lymphocytes and leaving the door open for serious infections or diseases, so not exactly safe either.

Tofacitinib is a [wikipedia.org] JAK inhibitor [wikipedia.org] , which is not exactly an anti-lymphocite agent. These drugs function by interfering with the JAK-STAT_signaling_pathway, [wikipedia.org] not by killing off lymphocytes.

These drugs definitely are are immunosuppressive. They are generally considered safe for most patients, though they certainly increase the risk of opportunistic infections (example: tuberculosis).

Picture (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47284901)

http://news.yale.edu/sites/default/files/Alopecia-Hair-Restoration-YNews.jpg?1403193780
Kind of like...
From Lex Luthor to Clark Kent

Can't wait (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47284959)

Tattoo - Piercings and now the Teen Wolf option

For Tolkien fans (1)

tepples (727027) | about 4 months ago | (#47285315)

Is there a hobbit option that fills in the feet without making a beard?

And "Other" Hair? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47284969)

the patient had completely regrown scalp hair and also had clearly visible eyebrows, eyelashes, and facial hair, as well as armpit and other hair

Look, we're all adults here, right? Just come out and say "pubic hair", ok?

Re:And "Other" Hair? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47285043)

The were talking about his buffalo hump, you insensitive clod.

Re:And "Other" Hair? (1)

Overzeetop (214511) | about 4 months ago | (#47285257)

Letting us know that the boys are now insulated is no big deal, but the description of the ear and back hair was particularly disgusting.

Can someone tell how to get alopecia universalis? (1)

corisco (1038076) | about 4 months ago | (#47285107)

Please... I am already bold and if I can manage to get alopecia universalis in 8 months I will be free of alopecia universalis and have a full head of hair. Definitely worth it! Thanks in advance!

For only $25000 a year.. (1)

bob8766 (1075053) | about 4 months ago | (#47285185)

How can you afford NOT to be taking this drug?

Alopecia universalis is not the same as MPB (2)

fozzy1015 (264592) | about 4 months ago | (#47285203)

Alopecia universalis is a rare autoimmune disorder, and it's understandable that a drug that works on a pathway to alleviate arthritis could also work for it. The more common male pattern baldness is caused by the sensitivity of certain hair follicles to androgens, specifically testosterone and its more active form dihydrotestosterone. It's unknown why some hair follicles respond to it by growing hair(think chest hair) and others miniaturize until the hair is nearly invisible(think hairline and top of the head).

Awesome! (1)

mythosaz (572040) | about 4 months ago | (#47285285)

No more merkin!

Terrible title (1)

cfalcon (779563) | about 4 months ago | (#47285301)

Others have said it too, but this guy isn't "bald", he has an autoimmune system that attacks his hair follicles.

Definition of "bald": "having a scalp wholly or partly lacking hair."

This guy lacked: eyebrows, eyelashes, facial hair, body hair, pubic hair, and all head hair.

The treatment fixed it all, because it was autoimmune in nature.

This is huge for the sufferers of this disease- who are very rare, and not linked to sex.

It's worthless to the many bald men who find sometime after puberty that their head hair just retracts. Those men are actually bald. This guy was something else entirely.

From the pic in the article, the title should read (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47285339)

'Scientists Turn Lex Luther Into Superman'

Re:From the pic in the article, the title should r (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47286481)

Kryptonians hate him.

Estrogen? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47285363)

The chemical layout of Tofacitinib looks fairly similar to estrogen. We've known for ages that giving MPB-afflicted men estrogen will result in hair regrowth. Unfortunately, it also makes them grow breasts, but that's besides the point.

Re:Estrogen? (1)

inflamed (1156277) | about 4 months ago | (#47286907)

The chemical layout of Tofacitinib looks fairly similar to estrogen. We've known for ages that giving MPB-afflicted men estrogen will result in hair regrowth. Unfortunately, it also makes them grow breasts, but that's besides the point.

Throwing my moderations in this disccusion to reply to this - there ought to be a "Wrong" mod option ;) Nope, it's nothing like estrogen. One might as well conclude the structures are related to LSD: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T... [wikipedia.org] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L... [wikipedia.org] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E... [wikipedia.org] I am an organic chemist currently working in drug design and would conclude these compounds are, from a molecular standpoint, extremely disparate.

Unfortunately not related to male pattern baldness (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47285381)

Sadly this has nothing to do with male pattern baldness, but still great news for people with Alopecia.

It probably happened like this (1)

Sri Ramkrishna (1856) | about 4 months ago | (#47285437)

yeah dudes, it totally happened like this [youtube.com] .

Hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47285831)

scalp hair and also had clearly visible eyebrows, eyelashes, and facial hair, as well as armpit and other hair

*snicker*

No News Here (of the day) (2)

Crypto Gnome (651401) | about 4 months ago | (#47286037)

Surprisingly enough they found that a patient suffering from a side-effect of an autoimmune disorder treated with a drug for treating an (other) autoimmune disorder was successful in reducing-aka-curing the side-effect.

PLUS ONE for "the scientific method", MINUS ONE THOUSAND for thinking this is in ANY way "totally amazing duude!".

BTW: you CANNOT "cure" baldness, baldness is not a disease, it's a description of a symptom.

Hohum (1)

mattack2 (1165421) | about 4 months ago | (#47286239)

So, just from the summary, this doesn't sound very impressive.

Basically, he had several conditions that interfere with hair growth, but apparently he had fully working follicles and such.

When they grow a full head of hair on someone who went bald "normally", then that will be impressive.

(No, I am not one of the bald ones.)

What does this mean for Lex? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47286551)

Great Scott! They found- and cured- Lex Luthor!

That sucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47287041)

Now he has to shave.

Now he can grow a neckbeard (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47288035)

One of us! One of us!

Poor guy (1)

RJFerret (1279530) | about 4 months ago | (#47288075)

Welcome to the world of man-scaping. But hey, at least you have eyebrows to waggle at the ladies now.

What we REALLY need... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47288237)

...is a pill that will PREVENT growth of pubic hair.

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