A slower month than normal, but still some interesting developments in hair loss news.
Dermal Papilla Cells and Dermal Sheath Cup Cells
— I have covered dermal papilla cells and dermal sheath cup cells a number of times on this blog. 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 hair trasnplants 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 Japan.