Will there be a hair loss solution soon?
Hair loss affects mainly older men. An anti-osteoporosis medication appears to be able to regrow hair in just a few days. Such an effect has already been observed in various laboratory tests.
In their investigation, Manchester University scientists found that a brittle bone remedy could be used to treat hair loss. The doctors published the results of their study in the English-language journal "PLOS Biology".
What are the options for hair loss?
Hair loss affects many men and so far, such hair loss has hardly been treatable. In the UK, there are currently only three different ways to treat hair loss, experts say. The first two options are the drugs minoxidil and finasteride. The third option is a hair transplant.
WAY-316606 helps with hair loss
The scientists have now found a third drug, which seems to help against hair loss. It is the drug with the designation WAY-316606. The drug can fight baldness in just a few days and also does not appear to have any strong side effects, explain the doctors.
WAY-316606 causes hair growth after two days
Finasteride only works in men and, like minoxidil, it also has some side effects. WAY-316606 in turn promotes the hair growth of the treated hair follicles within just two days, without comparable side effects. Given the new discovery, scientists are now planning to conduct clinical trials on men to see exactly how successful the drug is. If the drug works properly and is approved, it could be the solution for all bald people.
WAY-316606 is actually a medication for osteoporosis
WAY-316606 is a medication that was originally developed to treat osteoporosis, a disease in which the bones become weaker and weaker, which makes them more fragile and increases the likelihood of fractures.
The drug blocks a protein
Laboratory tests of WAY-316606 showed a significant increase in human hair growth in just two days. WAY-316606 is a compound known to be an inhibitor because it prevents a naturally occurring protein from working, the researchers at Manchester University said in a press release. The protein, which is blocked, is involved in killing hair growth and is associated with balding in men, the doctors explain.
Cyclosporin A regrows hair
The scientists found that the drug targets the same protein growth as an anti-cancer drug called Cyclosporin A (CsA). This was actually used to suppress graft rejection. As a side effect, it also led to rapid hair growth. Cyclosporin A, however, has a large number of unpleasant side effects, such as high blood pressure, headache, kidney problems, nausea and vomiting. These side effects make the drug unsuitable for treating hair loss, the experts explain.
More research is needed
If WAY-316606 goes through additional clinical trials and proves to be safe, it can be offered as a third alternative to a hair transplant, according to the study's authors. (as)