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Brief Items of Interest, September 2015

Hair loss news first:

Edit: I just found out that Devon Grimmé from Follicept unexpectedly passed away today at the very young age of 27. He made man helpful comments over the past year (link no longer working) while he was testing Follicept’s product on himself.  Also see my post from earlier this year regarding Follicept.

Edit: A day after I wrote this post, Kythera submitted an Investigational New Drug Application (IND) to the US FDA for KYTH-105 (Setipiprant).  For more on Setipiprant, read this.

Edit: “Swisstemples” who I mentioned further below has a new website.

— The renowned Dr. Claire Higgins recently made a very interesting presentation that has to be seen in its entirety.  I found her team’s experiment and findings on hair growing dermis transplanted under non-hair growing epidermis growing hair through the previously barren epidermis (but hair growing epidermis transplanted over non-hair growing dermis ceasing to grow hair) to be interesting.  It makes obvious sense of course since the critical dermal papilla cells are in the dermis that lies below the epidermis.  The most interesting part of the below video, however, is at 33:47 during the question and answer segment where she mentions how people are now using “rollers with spikes on them” to stimulate dermal papilla cells.  I have mentioned dermarolling and wounding (Follica will also add further compounds to the scalp after wounding) on this blog before and I am surprised that even Dr. Higgins seems to think there is some legitimacy to this crude concept.  Unfortunately, the wounding has to be done at a very precise level, manner, frequency and duration — so most  hair loss forum members who are doing this are unlikely to be doing it correctly.  I can fathom a day in the near future when we will go to clinics to get professionals to do this for us.  i.e., we will pay good money to have someone injure our scalps and bleed us, all in the name of more hair.

— On rare occasions, I promote someone or some idea on this blog that I do not fully understand or even trust.  The only reason I do this is because my intuition tells me that there is some serious potential behind this person or idea even if some of the subject matter goes above me and the person involved is a bit wacko (e.g., search this blog for Dr. Nigam and Mr. Liu Xuewu). If a person is extremely passionate about his idea and is also very intelligent (especially when it comes to hair, chemistry and biology) and well spoken, I get an urge to post about him (note that there are no such obsessed females I have come across in the hair loss world).  Getting back to the subject matter, this new hair loss treatment blog is extremely interesting and the author has also e-mailed me about it.  He does not sell anything (and if he ever does, do not buy something from such a stranger).  I would even not buy something from sites that he starts to recommend, since some of these products may not be 100 percent safe or thoroughly tested yet in clinical trials.  I am more cautious than most when it comes to taking drugs, especially oral drugs.  A lot of guys are participating in “group buys” of products from strangers in China, Russia etc… absolutely foolish in my opinion, but perhaps the fools will have full heads of hair while I continue losing ground on Finasteride:-(  I only posted this link for the entertainment and educational value.  I will not participate in these group buys. In any event, you can ask “Swisstemples” questions here and decide for yourself on which products to use.

–Very surprising that the BBC had such a stupid article: can a bang on the head lead to hair loss?

Spironolactone is a potentially miraculous product for some, and also very cheap.  Besides helping with hair loss, it can even reduce persistent high blood pressure.

— I mentioned Arfy and Ernie in a post from 2013, and just like the latter, the former is back again with a vengeance.  More here and here. The hair loss world is quite something.  Why on earth would one want to go watch a movie on a weekend night when one can find far better plots on hair loss forums?

— An interesting new video on balding.

And now on to medical items of interest:


— At first they were blaming the Chinese for being too fast, but now they want to do it themselves.  Western scientists seek permission to genetically modify embryos.

— George Church is a brilliant man.  He is all for genetic engineering.

Spanish cancer patient receives 3D printed ribs from an Australian company in a world first surgery.

Getting closer to an invisibility cloak.  Perhaps a future hair loss treatment may involve visuals…i.e., we will have others (and the mirror and the camera?) see us as we want them to?

DARPA brain interfaces coming.  Google or Bing search for actual articles on this as the video is a bit different from the news articles.

— Complex damaged nerves regrown using 3D printed guide.

What Happened to Ernie Primeau and Arfy?

This post is obviously unrelated to hair loss cures or hair loss science and research. After the recent demise of Bryan Shelton, I could not help but wonder: whatever happened to Ernie Primeau and Arfy?

From when I first started reading hair loss forums in the early 2000s, I remember ten or so people/usernames quite vividly. Ernie Primeau was probably the craziest person ever seen on hair loss message boards, and no-one will surpass or even match him in that regard. Hair loss forum veterans are unlikely to ever forget that name, especially considering that he probably holds the world record for most number of hair loss forum/discussion group posts. Ernie was obsessed with his theory that permanently removing all your body hair via plucking would grow back scalp hair.

Update: Ernie is still alive and replied in the comments section to this post, and he actually even sounds sane! There is also a picture of him here, but I can’t vouch for its veracity.

Arfy was damaged by a hair transplant surgeon during the time when they used pluggy grafts and older surgical techniques. He was quite an advocate for those who had been disfigured, and went out of his way to help people about to get surgery. He was probably as prolific a poster as Bryan Shelton for a few years. I have not read any posts by Arfy in many years it seems, although my frequency of visits to hair loss forums has varied significantly over the past decade.

Update: Arfy is also still alive and has been posting on various hair loss forums again as of 2016.