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Hello Dr. Rassman,

I am writing to you from Turkey. As you know, in the eastern traditions and to a certain degree in the western traditions, homemade hair loss remedies such as oils, onion juice, vinegars etc. are used. Although it is clear that all these are not based on scientific grounds, is there any beneficent aspect of these?

Thank you

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Short answer — no. If these home “remedies” had any truth to them, you wouldn’t see too many balding men. Smearing your scalp with onions, vinegar, oils, lotions and potions are not going to regrow your hair.

Tags: home remedies, hairloss, hair loss


What will happen to the hair transplant industry if this new “jab” is a cure and how will HT surgeons survive?

Link: Bald? Now there’s a jab to make hair grow back

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This is something that they’ve been trying for a decade or more (hair cloning, stem cells, etc), though perhaps with different methods. If it eventually is proven to be safe and effective in humans, I’m sure hair transplant surgeons will adapt. After all, someone will need to produce these hypothetical “jabs”.

I would love to see the results from the Taiwan study the article mentions, but it will likely be a while before we see published results (if any). Until then, it’s still just early research in mice.

Tags: hairloss, hair loss, stem cells


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The prostate cancer drug Xtandi prolonged lives and delayed tumor progression when used before chemotherapy in a study of men with advanced cases of the disease, researchers said on Tuesday. The study results are expected to open up a broader market for Xtandi, which was developed by Medivation and Astellas Pharma, and open a new front in its competition with Johnson & Johnson’s blockbuster drug Zytiga.

Xtandi, also known as enzalutamide, was approved in 2012 as a treatment for men with metastatic prostate cancer who have already tried the chemotherapy drug docetaxel. The new study showed it was also effective when used before chemotherapy.

Doctors said that could be a welcome option for the tens of thousands of men each year who have advanced prostate cancer but little or no pain or other symptoms. Many of them would rather take a pill like Xtandi or Zytiga than go for periodic infusions of chemotherapy, with its harsh side effects.

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Read the rest — Drug Shows Promise in Advanced Prostate Cancer When Used Before Chemotherapy

Tags: prostate cancer, xtandi, enzalutamide, health


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Scientists might be able to offer “hair-challenged” males a new glimmer of hope when it comes to reversing baldness.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania say they’ve gotten closer to being able to use stem cells to treat thinning hair — at least in mice.

The researchers said that although using stem cells to regenerate missing or dying hair follicles is considered a potential way to reverse hair loss, it hasn’t been possible to create adequate numbers of hair-follicle-generating stem cells — specifically cells of the epithelium, the name for tissues covering the surface of the body.

But new findings indicate that this may now be achievable.

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Read the rest — Baldness Cure May Have Inched a Bit Closer

I’m hopeful this goes somewhere, but it’s important to keep in mind that this is still just research in mice. The article ends with: “Experts also note that studies conducted in animals often fail when tested in humans.

Tags: mice, stem cells, hairloss, hair loss


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Researchers in the US found of two groups of mice given the same cancer-inducing treatment, the group whose sleep was disrupted developed larger, more aggressive tumors than the well-rested mice.

In the journal Cancer Research, the team also reports how they found the immune system of the sleep-disrupted mice was less effective at fighting the early stages of cancer than the immune system of the well-rested mice.

Study director Prof. David Gozal says: “It’s not the tumor, it’s the immune system. Fragmented sleep changes how the immune system deals with cancer in ways that make the disease more aggressive.”

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Read the rest — Disrupted sleep speeds up cancer

There was also a study published last year that linked sleep troubles with men’s prostate cancer risk. You can learn about that here.

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I want to know more about ‘artificial hair implants’. i read a few articles on the net, these claim that its much safer now to have artificial hair implants then it was a few years ago. what is your take on this?

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Artificial hair implants are not legal in the United States mostly due to safety reasons. I’ve seen horrible scarring from these procedures. I would not recommend having this done, even if new manufacturers claim to be “safer”.

Tags: artificial hair, hair transplant


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Renan CalheirosThe president of Brazil’s senate, Renan Calheiros, will repay the cost of using an air force jet for a trip during which he reportedly had a hair transplant, his spokesman said Tuesday.

“The president is to repay the costs of this flight. He is waiting for the air force to calculate the bill before doing so,” he said. “I don’t know if the president has had a hair transplant.”

The Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper had reported that Calheiros had flown 1,980 kilometers (1,230 miles) from Brasilia to Recife to have 10,000 hairs implanted while purportedly on a business trip.

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Read the rest — Brazil senate chief to repay ‘hair transplant’ flight

Corruption in politics? Unheard of!

Tags: calheiros, hair transplant, corruption, politics, politician, brazil


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Studies have found that prostate cancer is over-diagnosed in up to 42 percent of cases, prompting men to receive unnecessary treatment that can cause devastating side effects, including impotence and incontinence.

Now, researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington have developed a personalized tool that can predict the likelihood of prostate cancer over-diagnosis. They announced their findings this week in the online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

An over-diagnosed cancer is defined as one that would never cause symptoms or pose a risk to the patient, therefore not require treatment. Treatment of such cancers provides no benefit and can only cause harm. The researchers created a nomogram, a graphical calculating device, that incorporates a patient’s age, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level and Gleason score — which grades prostate cancer tissue based on how it looks under a microscope — to determine the likelihood that screening-detected prostate cancer has been over-diagnosed.

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Read the rest — Researchers Develop Tool to Determine Individual Risk of Prostate Cancer Overdiagnosis

Tags: prostate cancer, cancer, diagnosis


Dr. Rassman

Thanks for all the information on your blog. Im 29 years old male with thick head of hair but was wondering about the Haircheck device. My dermatologist that I see every year looks and examines my hair and says its good with no signs of male pattern baldness or thinning. He told me that everyone has different hair patterns. Sometimes your hair transition from the front different which I have a frontal hair whorl which makes my hair go different directions.

You are always talking about the Haircheck device to get your bulk test done. I was wondering what is considered normal hair density for your hair not to be considered hair loss or thinning (male pattern baldness)? Is it 5% or 8% or below that? I now that you have to measure the back donor hair to get a good reading for the rest of the hair. Every video I’ve also seen of the Haircheck device they tell you to measure in the middle of the hair and the video shows it too. If you measure it from the hairline would your hair density be a little different than back even without male pattern baldness? If you do have 10% percent difference in the front or hairline than the donor hair in the back does that mean you’ll definitely be bald there or thin out there or could it stay like that the rest of your life possibly?

Thanks for your time and hope to hear back from you soon! Sorry if too long! Have a good Holiday!

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Hair loss can be a very subjective thing. Measuring how much you are losing or gaining over a period time can be an issue if you do not have an objective metric. Using pictures with constant lighting may be good, but even with the same haircut and same hair style, subtle changes in angle and light can make your hair look better or worse. Thus using photos are a very subjective assessment.

We try our best to be objective by putting a value / number to things we can measure. We use miniaturization studies to give a general understanding of what is going on visually at the microscopic level, as the more miniaturized hairs you have, the more active your balding process is. Perhaps one day there will be a machine to count every single hair on your scalp with an analysis of the miniaturized hairs to good, healthy hairs

We also use the bulk measurement studies to estimate the bulk of hair at different parts of the head in a given fixed area. But all these tests have their issues and limitations. Bulk measurements can be inaccurate if you have gel or other products in your hair, giving a false high value. They also cannot be done if your hair is too short, as we can’t “grab” a portion of your hairs to fit in the caliper.

We do not measure the hairline necessarily, because we use microscopic assessment in the leading edge of a hairline. The HairCheck instrument usually measures an area behind the hairline. If you really want to measure the receding hairline, just get a tape measure and mark out the relative distance from a fixed point (such as your eyebrow or tip of your nose). Bulk tests are mainly used to compare the donor (back) hair against areas on the top and front of your scalp.
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BottleFetal exposure to a commonly used plasticizer found in products such as water bottles, soup can liners and paper receipts can increase the risk for prostate cancer later in life, according to a study from the University of Illinois at Chicago published Jan. 7 online in the journal Endocrinology.

Bisphenol A, or BPA, is widely used to soften plastics. Steering clear of the chemical is nearly impossible, says Gail Prins, professor of physiology at UIC and lead author of the paper.

“Previous studies have shown that people who avoided all contact with plastics or other BPA-containing objects for up to a month or more still had BPA in their urine, which means they must have come into contact with BPA in the last 24 to 48 hours, since it clears the body rather quickly,” said Prins, who is director of the UIC andrology laboratory. “It’s very hard to avoid.”

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Read the rest — BPA Increases Risk of Cancer in Human Prostate Tissue, Study Shows

Tags: prostate, cancer, bpa, plastic


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