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Has Science Cured Gray Hair?
Discovery ^ | 05/06/2013 | Y MARC LALLANILLA, ASSISTANT EDITOR, LIVESCIENCE

Posted on 05/07/2013 9:10:37 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Gray hair -- one of the classic signs of aging that can lead to a midlife crisis for some -- may some day be a thing of the past, much to the chagrin of hair-dye manufacturers and Corvette salesmen.

A team of European researchers claims to have found not only the root cause of gray hair, but also a treatment for the condition. Additionally, their treatment may help people with vitiligo, a condition that causes the loss of pigment in patches of skin, they say.

It's been known for years that hair turns gray due to a natural buildup of hydrogen peroxide in hair follicles, which causes oxidative stress and graying. (Hydrogen peroxide solutions have been used for years as a cheap and easy way to "go blonde.")

In younger people, an enzyme called catalase breaks down hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen. But lower levels of this enzyme, combined with lower levels of enzymes called MSR A and B that repair hydrogen peroxide damage, cause hair to turn gray as people age.

The researchers, whose findings are published in the experimental-biology publication FASEB Journal, analyzed 2,411 people with vitiligo.

By looking at people with two different kinds of vitiligo -- strictly segmental vitiligo (SSV) and non-segmental vitiligo (NSV) -- they discovered that both kinds resulted from oxidative stress.

And by applying a topical treatment, a substance called PC-KUS, the researchers successfully treated the discolored skin and eyelashes of people with vitiligo.

Though gray hair isn't always a welcome sign of aging, some evidence suggests it can be an indicator of good health.

Researchers in 2012 found that wild boars with significant graying hair "were actually those in prime condition and with the lowest levels of oxidative damage," researcher Ismael Galván of the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales in Spain said in a statement.

"Far from being a sign of age-related decline, hair graying seems to indicate good condition in wild boars," Galván said.

Nonetheless, many people will go to extreme lengths to hide any hint of aging, including gray hair.

"For generations, numerous remedies have been concocted to hide gray hair," Dr. Gerald Weissmann, editor-in-chief of FASEB Journal, said in a statement. "But now, for the first time, an actual treatment that gets to the root of the problem has been developed."

The treatment will be welcome news to people with severe or unsightly cases of vitiligo. "This condition, while technically cosmetic, can have serious socio-emotional effects," Weissmann said. "Developing an effective treatment … has the potential to radically improve many people's lives."


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: cure; grayhair

1 posted on 05/07/2013 9:10:37 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t worry about the gray hair. I’m more worried about losing the hair.


2 posted on 05/07/2013 9:15:09 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: SeekAndFind

My sixth grade teacher’s hair turned white as snow overnight in Vietnam. He was in his twenties.


3 posted on 05/07/2013 9:17:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t care about greying. Let me know when they find a topical cure for receding hairline.


4 posted on 05/07/2013 9:18:06 PM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: A Navy Vet

greying = graying


5 posted on 05/07/2013 9:20:46 PM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

RE: I’m more worried about losing the hair.

Then this news is for you:

See here:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/260122.php

Restoring hair growth on the bald patches of patients’ heads by injecting them with platelet-rich plasma is possible, Italian and Israeli scientists reported in the British Journal of Dermatology, May 2013 issue.

CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE REST


6 posted on 05/07/2013 9:22:33 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

VN tended to do that to many. My hair started to turn gray in my early thirties, nothing to do with VN I would hope, just stated to turn gray. By the time I was fifty, all my hair was gray including my stash. ;-)


7 posted on 05/07/2013 9:22:41 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: A Navy Vet

RE: Let me know when they find a topical cure for receding hairline.

See link in Post #6 above.


8 posted on 05/07/2013 9:23:12 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Obviously not because way in the future Jean-Luc Picard is bald.


9 posted on 05/07/2013 9:23:32 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

RE: Obviously not because way in the future Jean-Luc Picard is bald.

Hey, maybe like Yul Bryner, Telly Savalas and Michael Jordan, he likes it that way :)


10 posted on 05/07/2013 9:24:55 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Gray hair is a sign of impending wisdom (I hope!) ;-P


11 posted on 05/07/2013 9:26:39 PM PDT by MortMan (Disarming the sheep only emboldens the wolves.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I found a long gray hair on my arm the other day.


12 posted on 05/07/2013 9:27:11 PM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: MortMan

Impending? I would hope gray would show wisdom. ;-)


13 posted on 05/07/2013 9:29:45 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, mine’s about as grey as it comes at age 60, but I earned every one of them. Nevertheless, this article highlights the fact that I am a victim and somewhere in there just HAS to be a government check. We’re talking my self-esteem here. Pony up, you sorry bastidges.


14 posted on 05/07/2013 9:31:35 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: SeekAndFind

Well my friends are gone
and my hair is gray
I ache in the places where I used to Play ...
—Leonard Cohen, Tower of Song


15 posted on 05/07/2013 9:32:00 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Plan "B" is now Plan "A")
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To: MortMan
Gray hair is a sign of impending wisdom (I hope!) ;-P

I don't see any wisdom from this guy...

    2008                                              4 YEARS LATER
16 posted on 05/07/2013 9:33:34 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I just tell my barber to cut out the gray. He’s down to using a #2 on the electric razor and buzz cutting me. ;-)


17 posted on 05/07/2013 9:34:48 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Mike Darancette; Shimmer1

Or as my Dad said when the Dr asked him how he was getting up in the morning, “Well, Doc, what used to be limber is stiff and what used to be stiff is limber...”


18 posted on 05/07/2013 9:37:57 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
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To: doc1019

I didn’t see a touch of gray until my late forties. Haven’t lost a bit of hair, so there’s that.


19 posted on 05/07/2013 9:39:20 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: SeekAndFind

You also don’t see much gray when he’s scheduled to talk to younger audiences.


20 posted on 05/07/2013 9:39:54 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mine is just getting a tad thin, other wise all is thick and gray. At 67 I guess I’m blessed to have a full head of hair.


21 posted on 05/07/2013 9:42:42 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: null and void

Geez, he’s as bad as Clinton was with the makeup.


22 posted on 05/07/2013 9:47:43 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: SeekAndFind

WOW! That’s great news!! Thanks!!


23 posted on 05/07/2013 9:48:37 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: SeekAndFind

That would be nice.


24 posted on 05/07/2013 9:52:28 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: doc1019
I'm so wise it hurts.


25 posted on 05/07/2013 9:53:01 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: dr_lew

LOL!


26 posted on 05/07/2013 9:53:51 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t have near the problem with hair that turns grey, as I do the traitorous bastards that keep abandoning ship!


27 posted on 05/07/2013 9:55:52 PM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I just want to stay alive!


28 posted on 05/07/2013 10:17:17 PM PDT by Wiggins
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To: SeekAndFind

If this gets on the market I will use it for sure.


29 posted on 05/07/2013 10:25:15 PM PDT by garjog (Heroes Died. Obama Lied.)
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To: doc1019

My stasche went gray before the top of the head


30 posted on 05/07/2013 10:28:17 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: SeekAndFind

My wifes hir turned pure white by the time she was 40 and it’s beautiful!!

I don’t think it has anything to do with aging, she’s 75, still working and going strong.


31 posted on 05/07/2013 10:33:02 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: SeekAndFind

A couple more years and it just might be downright hoary.

32 posted on 05/07/2013 10:49:24 PM PDT by Slyfox (The red face of shame is proof that the conscience is still operational.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Back in high school, one of my classmates had a condition which whitened his hair. We were 17 and he had white hair on his sides.

We called him daddy groovy, and he was everyone’s best friend because he was always the dude who went to the liquor store for us.


33 posted on 05/07/2013 10:55:47 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: SeekAndFind

I guess I must be in prime condition.....assuming I am a wild boar and all


34 posted on 05/07/2013 11:02:03 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: SeekAndFind

Who cares. In a few more years, won’t have enough to give a damn.


35 posted on 05/07/2013 11:11:02 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Billthedrill

> Well, mine’s about as grey as it comes at age 60, but I earned every one of them. Nevertheless, this article highlights the fact that I am a victim and somewhere in there just HAS to be a government check. We’re talking my self-esteem here. Pony up, you sorry bastidges.

LOL


36 posted on 05/08/2013 3:37:09 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: SeekAndFind

Now if they’d only find a cure for the nation’s top health defect - the mental illness which produces Leftist *ssclowns like Obama and Company.


37 posted on 05/08/2013 3:37:38 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: SeekAndFind

I know plenty of gray-haired bores and they’re not in their prime.

Are we really comparing pigs to men?


38 posted on 05/08/2013 4:27:11 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

The gray hair never bothers me. The loss of muscle tone, and the stiffness in the joints, The arthritis,that bothers me.


39 posted on 05/08/2013 4:43:12 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: SeekAndFind

If my hair gets much more gray, I’ll start dyeing it, because I don’t like to drive that slow.


40 posted on 05/08/2013 5:21:03 AM PDT by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: SeekAndFind

I am a metal aged man myself. Silver in my hair, gold in my teeth and lead in my ass.


41 posted on 05/08/2013 6:46:24 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ll never forget when I was about 11 or 12, a dental assistant was looking at my teeth and then noticed some gray hair in my bangs. “Hey so and so, come over here and look at this, she has gray hair”! Humiliating!

I’ve had gray hair ever since. :(


42 posted on 05/08/2013 9:28:16 AM PDT by diamond6 (Lord, please have mercy on us!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have read that ginseng can have some positive effects for balding.


43 posted on 05/08/2013 9:29:46 AM PDT by diamond6 (Lord, please have mercy on us!)
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To: SeekAndFind

The hair dying companies won’t be happy to read this.


44 posted on 05/08/2013 9:34:41 AM PDT by diamond6 (Lord, please have mercy on us!)
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To: dr_lew

LOL!

Is that really you?


45 posted on 05/08/2013 9:38:24 AM PDT by diamond6 (Lord, please have mercy on us!)
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To: diamond6

It’s ..... Michael Palin! ( I never knew that. )

Also, somewhat of an exaggeration of my own case, although my dentist used to call me Grizzly Adams.


46 posted on 05/08/2013 4:26:38 PM PDT by dr_lew
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