Research into Hair Loss

Seeing hair loss in patients is demoralising for the medical profession.  Feeling relatively helpless with limited treatment options, it is usually simply a case of reassuring patients their symptoms are not serious, and will subside within a few months as hair regrowth takes its course.  Having said that, there is a great deal known about the causes of hair loss, allowing for particularly effective diagnosis of the varying degrees and types of the condition, which is opening the doorway to new treatments for patients suffering from these symptoms.

For conditions like folliculitis which cause hair damage and hair loss, there is a great deal of progress being made on the medicinal front, with new treatments under investigation to sooth and curb the scalp irritation and sores which cause the hair loss.  Furthermore, research is underway into further underlying causes of the condition, and the impact of personal stress and trauma and a potential link between the two.  The same can be said for alopecia areata, for which researchers are focussing efforts into finding more effective treatments for the root causes, rather than the present symptomatic treating medicines. 

Likewise, research funds are being ploughed into areas such as the chemical causes of hair loss, and the logic behind TE, whereby hair is forced into early resting phase as a result of some form of stress of great discomfort.  It is also of interest to see the progress of hair during this resting phase, and to learn more about the natural hair growth cycle and how certain hair loss symptoms interact with that.

Also under scrutiny is the potential for reversing the TE phase, to retain hair, which is a phenomenon often caused by hormonal imbalances in pregnant women,  Although this raw link is obviously problematic, research is being conducted into potential ways to help patients with these symptoms through similar hormones responsible for retaining hair.

In the mean time, patients can take comfort knowing that wig technology is advancing at an ever increasing rate.  Wigs, which were before uncomfortable and of poor quality, are now becoming more and more effective and user-friendly, with synthetic fibrous technologies working to ensure a more realistic appearance.  They are also now significantly less irritating to the scalp, which until recently was a problem for many.  It is reassuring to think of the realism in five or ten years, by which time there will hopefully be some form of more effective treatment for the underlying causes of these symptoms.

If you are at all curious about hair loss, or the various conditions from which you may be suffering, a good starting point would be the internet.  There are vast amounts of information present surrounding conditions, their treatments and current research which should serve to further inform you about developments with your condition.  Alternatively, your doctor will be able to advise on suitable current treatments, and give information on potentially new treatments for these symptoms, and the conditions which ultimately cause their presence.

Hair loss news on the Web


In yet another milestone for its line of products aimed at countering hair loss, Spencer Forrest Inc. has officially entered clinical trials with its X5 Hair Laser. Featuring 15 individual lasers that interact directly with the scalp, the X5 is the most powerful Laser Therapy device on the market.


Madison Garcia, age 4, donated the hair from her first haircut to Locks of Love this past week.


Three people including a police officer are dead after a reported domestic disturbance at a hair salon turned into a gun fight, police said.


Spencer Forrest Inc. has begun clinical trials aimed at assessing the efficacy of the X5 Hair Laser in men with hair loss. The X5 is the only laser product to enter trials with 15 individual lasers and an array of design improvements on earlier laser therapy products. (PRWeb Sep 4, 2008) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/09/prweb1279154.htm


Spencer Forrest Inc. has begun clinical trials aimed at assessing the efficacy of the X5 Hair Laser in men with hair loss. The X5 is the only laser product to enter trials with 15 individual lasers and an array of design improvements on earlier laser therapy products.


MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) _ Three people including a police officer are dead after a reported domestic disturbance at a hair salon turned into a gun fight, police in this San Francisco Bay area community said Saturday.


GRAVETTE — The story about the little white poodle that managed to survive the elements captured the attention of many people. The little waif with matted hair and spindly legs was seen by those who traveled busy Arkansas Highway 59 across from the Shop ’n Go station. (Benton County Daily Record)


The day I became a shellback is a day I will never forget. On Feb. 14, I crossed the equator on my trip around the world and celebrated Neptune Day. It was also the day that I lost all my hair but gained a better understanding of myself.


The Bucs' mind-numbing loss to the Giants Sunday clinched the team's 16th straight losing season, which ties the 1933-48 Philadelphia Phillies for the longest run of futility in professional sports history.


Police sergeant among those killed in domestic dispute involving salon owner and her estranged husband, according to Martinez police chief. Report from shooting scene