If you are a middle-aged man, you must be annoyed with your doctor for not taking seriously your complains about losing your hair. Apparently, getting bold is part of ageing and you have more serious problems to worry about. But, getting bold drives so many men into depression and seriously affects their self-esteem. Fortunately, there is good news for them: a new research by the scientists from the University of Bradford in the UK shows that a common glaucoma drug bimatoprost makes hair to re-grow.
Losing hair or alopecia can happen for several reasons, but the most common type is known as ‘male pattern boldness.” It affects both men and women. It is a hereditary condition, and it most often starts in middle age. The hair starts thinning until there is very little left to cover the scalp. Men are very sensitive to losing their hair and often go to great lengths to prevent getting bold. One of the most popular treatments, minoxidil, was originally used as a drug for high blood pressure. The drug had unwanted hair growth as a side effect, what gave someone smart idea to try it to treat boldness.
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This principle encouraged scientists from the University of Bradford to try another drug which works in a similar way. Prostamide F2Î±-related eyedrops (known in the market as bimatoprost) used to treat glaucoma, have the side effect of increasing growth of eyelashes. So, the scientists tried it on normal hair follicles, first in the lab, and then on mice. The results were very encouraging. The drug caused human hair to grow back.
Since the drug has been approved by the FDA for treating glaucoma and is considered safe for human use, the path between the lab and the market will be much shorter than with new drugs. So far, the results are showing that bimatoprost helps hear re-growth on mice and in the lab, but if the works in human trials, someone is going to make as much money as with Viagra.