Brief Items of Interest, February 2015

An interesting and fairly technical article on dermal cups and dermal stem cells. Includes a great summary of the recent work by Dr. Jeff Biernaskie as well as a brief mention on Replicel’s approach.

A new study from Japan finds that damaged hair follicles (such as those in androgenic alopecia) have restoration potential that is enhanced by transplantation of  cultured dermal papilla cells (DPCs) and dermal sheath cells (DSCs).  A mixture of DPCs and DSCs was more effective than isolated transplantation of each cell type.   The experiment was done in rats.

I doubt this statistic, but will post a link anyway: hair transplants in Scotland quadrupled in 2014 compared to 2013 levels.  Wonder what William Wallace would think of modern Scots and modern men in general?  The growth rate for hair transplant demand in Milton Keynes in England was a more believable but still impressive 40 percent in 2014.

A great article on how we will end organ donation shortages.

To end on a funny note, Dr. Conrad Murray of Michael Jackson fame plans to open a health and wellness type clinic in Trinidad.  One of the things that he will treat at this clinic is hair loss, which he attributes to nutritional deficiencies per that latter article.  It would not surprise me at all if all these hair cloning and hair multiplication type procedures that are currently largely being tested on rats will end up being tested on human guinea pigs in countries such as Trinidad & Tobago well before human testing is approved in the US or even in Japan.

3 thoughts on “Brief Items of Interest, February 2015”

    1. So true if I had a penny for every tine a scientist had a theory on hairloss or had success with a Petri dish or on a rat, id be much wealthier. They shouldn’t mouth off about a potential treatment until they try it on humans and if it looks to be safe and effective. Im tired of all this “it should work for patter loss” nonsense.

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