Brief Items of Interest, July 2015

Hair loss news first:

Histogen filed form D for equity financing and raised about $10 million in funding.  The filing took place on June 29th, but I read about it in a new July Bald Truth hair loss forum thread. Nothing too interesting or impressive other than the company name and its significance to us in the hair loss world. Glad to read that Histogen is still kicking.  The octafinance website states that biotech companies usually sell around three-quarters of their offering, but Histogen managed to sell 100 percent of its offering, which may be a sign of investor trust and confidence.

— An interesting study (on humans and not mice) from Japan about the increase in sebaceous gland area (but not size) in patients suffering from androgenic alopecia.

— I discussed Dr. Carlos Wesley and his  revolutionary PiloFocus  scarless hair transplant surgery last year after he was profiled in an excellent article in the Verge magazine.  Dr. Wesley has now managed to get detailed coverage in the prestigious BBC website’s future section.  Great article yet again.

More favorable feedback on ARTAS, including a video.  Dr. Thomas Griffin seems like a sincere doctor.  I like his description of the newly added PRP at his practice: “what we’re trying to do is maximize our results for our patients.”  Some doctors will delude patients into thinking that PRP means guaranteed hair growth.

And now on to medical items of interest:

— Fascinating article on CRISPR DNA editing.

— Some hair loss sufferers who take Finasteride complain about getting gynecomastia (man boobs) as a side effect.  Usually, this side effect is transient or minimal, but in some rare cases, it can be quite bad and lead to major growth in breast size.  Several weeks ago, Reddit user Wulfgar1  started an ask me anything (AMA) about his gynecomastia surgery.  He included quite impressive before and after photos, and answered almost all of the 100s of questions that were asked of him.  Note that Wulfgar1 had gynecomastia since the age of 12, so his man boobs were not due to taking Finasteride.

— A Chinese girl suffering from hypertrichosis (an extreme level of excessive body hair) is raising funds for laser hair removal. A bit unusual that the least hairy race on earth has such cases.  Also see the ending to my post from last year on whether Asians are more evolved than other races.

— A good summary of 30 futuristic breakthroughs that happened during the first half of 2015.  I like the heavy focus on medical breakthroughs rather than on less interesting breakthroughs that will just give us better, faster, cheaper or newer “stuff”.

Theranos’ fingerprick blood test gets FDA approval.  This company is likely to revolutionize blood testing in the coming years. Also this month, the company obtained FDA approval that will lead to at-home testing.   The company’s CEO Elizabeth Holmes is the youngest female billionaire in the US.  Theranos is a very secretive privately-held company, and its Board of Directors is filled with retired government officials, including major ones such as Henry Kissinger and William Perry.  I wonder if companies that are working on a hair loss cure should try to get politicians on board and if that can helps garner faster FDA approval?

— Non-medical, but nevertheless worth a mention:  3D printed house in China assembled in 3 hours.  And it looks decent!

7 thoughts on “Brief Items of Interest, July 2015”

  1. Something needs to come to market already. It’s 2015! Anything that works to grow some hair. Propecis lost its effectiveness after 11 years for me. Now I am just watching my thick Norwood 1.5 turn into a diffuse Norwood 2 in just 1 year. Rogaine helped decrease shedding since I started 8 months ago but I am still losing ground quite quickly. Sucks that I had maintain for 11 years and now nothing new to help me hold on to my hair.

    1. For me Propecia it’s starting to lose it’s effectiveness after just 4 years, we need an alternative treatment asap

  2. Thoughts on setipiprant and they think its not going to be on the market until 2018 in Japan but i have seen group buys on forums which i dont know how this is possible??

  3. Yes I was fortunate to be a great responder to propecia with little sides for 11 years. I was living a happy life until it stopped working. Now its just back in full force and nothing is slowing down the hair thinning. I’m just so mad there is nothing else out there that can work to keep our hsir. It’s been since 1997 when propecia came out 20 years ago. Just ridiculous. I have a feeling big pharma is keeping better treatments from being released

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