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It’s being touted as the latest anticancer wonder drug, it costs just pennies a pill and is probably in your medicine cabinet right now.

A growing body of research is showing that people who take a daily dose of aspirin may be lowering their risk of a variety of seemingly unrelated cancers, including colon, breast, esophagus and skin cancer.

Now a study published this month in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that women who took a daily dose of aspirin cut their risk of ovarian cancer by as much as 20 percent.

That study, combined with earlier research, is prompting patients and doctors to wonder if more people would benefit from taking a low dose of aspirin and possibly other nonsteroid anti-inflammatory drugs.

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Although some people spend countless dollars on antioxidant supplements to improve their health, many studies have found that these would-be panaceas could actually exacerbate the diseases they claim to prevent.

Now, a team of Swedish scientists has shown that two antioxidants—vitamin E and N-acetylcysteine (NAC)—can fuel the growth of lung cancers in mice. The team also worked out why.

Antioxidants protect cells from chemically unstable molecules called reactive oxygen species (ROS), which can easily react with DNA and cause damage that leads to cancer. But Martin Bergo’s team at the University of Gothenburg showed that antioxidants neutralize ROS in tumors as well as healthy cells. “If we give extra antioxidants in the diet, we’re helping the tumor to reduce radicals that would otherwise block its growth,” Bergo said. “Then it can speed up all it wants.”

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This may bust the modern thought that antioxidants are good for everyone. Although this was discovered in mice, we need to pay attention to such publications.

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How does one go about getting their DHT levels checked? Do you require a requisition from a doctor etc?


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I would imaging that any good clinical laboratory would offer this test… but in my 23 years doing hair work, I have never ran a test for DHT.

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When judging a persons hair loss, do you look at the hair when it is wet or dry or both? I find my hair looks thinner when it is wet or gel has been applied. When it is dry it looks thicker, that is why I like to you use hair spray because it makes my hair thicker. And yes, i am thinning in the front of my scalp

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Well, if your hair is wet, it is pretty obvious that your hair will look thinner. Same goes for if your hair is cut short or under harsh lighting.

We check for miniaturization of the hair. It is ideal to have your hair dry without any styling product on it. We also examine the pattern of hair loss (for MPB). Wet or dry you will see a pattern. I suppose you can see the pattern more if the hair is wet and short.

Develop a Master Plan with your doctor, laying out what will happen to you over time (best and worst case scenarios). There are many options, so why not lay them all out in front of you?

Tags: hairloss, hair loss, dry hair, wet hair


My hair used to be very straight and very similar to that of my fathers, but then when i went through puberty it seemed to get curlier and curlier, and no one in my family has curly hair. Do the characteristics of hair change in some people during puberty? If so, it is in any way linked to the growth of facial and body hair that also occurs during that time?

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I suppose the hair character can be a genetic trait that can change with puberty or change as your hormones change. You often see hair color change in babies — blond hair to brown hair, for example.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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