Hair loss news first:
— A great story on Dr. Rox Anderson who is a pioneer in the development of various laser skin treatment procedures. He is also the scientific co-founder and advisor at Follica. In the article, Mr. Anderson is praised by the famous hair loss researcher Dr. George Cotsarelis as being a modern day Dr. Benjamin Franklin. Several people that I highly respect have recommended me to read Dr. Franklin’s autobiography. But the one time I tried, I fell asleep very soon after commencing since the English was a bit antiquated.
— When I read this article on hair cloning a week ago, I was certain that it was an exaggeration or a translation error. I contacted HairClone CEO Dr. Paul Kemp and he said that the company’s plans remain the same as outlined in his earlier comments on this blog from a few months ago. In any case, if you have any questions about HairClone, you can ask in the comments to this post and Dr. Kemp will come by and respond when he has some free time. And hair cloning is definitely not yet here in spite of flashy article titles.
— Of the numerous companies working on hair growth related products around the world, US based Samumed has been by far and away the best at getting coverage in major print and online publications. This month, they appeared in Business Insider. Dr. Osman Kibar, the CEO of Samumed, is a great poker player. I hope that he is not bluffing the world in real life too. Key quote:
The $12 billion valuation Samumed has right now is based on the $300 million it has raised over the years. The valuation grew based on its lead compound, with the rest of the pipeline thrown in as a “freebie,” Kibar said.
— Every 6 months or so, the highly unusual case study known as Mr. “Peter Renardo” posts updates in the comments in here. I still insist that you never even consider such an extreme artery ligature procedure, but do make sure to read Peter’s comments.
— Most people’s favorite hair loss researcher Dr. Takashi Tsuji recently came out with a new study/paper titled “Functional Hair Follicle Regeneration by the Rearrangement of Stem Cells”. However, it is in mice and perhaps not especially groundbreaking
— As if it were not enough that hair loss is connected to higher rates of heart disease, it seems like grey hair might also be linked to higher rates of heart disease. Quote: “Atherosclerosis and hair greying occur through similar biological pathways”.
And now on to medical items of interest:
— I covered the much hyped skin gun and its inventor Dr. Jörg Gerlach on this blog before (see 2011 video here). I was glad to read a new article on this as I thought that RenovaCare might have given up on this technology.
— www.AcneCure2020.com anyone?
— Japan is becoming renowned for medical research, not surprising considering its aging population. A Japanese man recently became the first to receive “reprogrammed” stem cells from another person.
For many years, I have noticed that each time the oldest person in the world died, virtually half the time it was a Japanese person. Of course since birth certificates were nonexistent in most developing countries 100 plus years ago, these statistics are biased towards people from developed countries. Nevertheless, after the oldest person (who I covered on this blog in the past) in the world died yesterday, I went to the the wikipedia list of supercentenarians, and lo an behold, 5 of the oldest 10 people in the world at the moment are Japanese.
— US and Chinese teams collaborate and expand stem cell abilities.