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A Viagra follow-up? Drug used to treat glaucoma actually grows human hair
http://medicalxpress.com ^ | 10-26-2012 | Staff

Posted on 10/26/2012 11:48:29 AM PDT by Red Badger

If you're balding and want your hair to grow back, then here is some good news. A new research report appearing online in The FASEB Journal shows how the FDA-approved glaucoma drug, bimatoprost, causes human hair to regrow. It's been commercially available as a way to lengthen eyelashes, but these data are the first to show that it can actually grow human hair from the scalp.

"We hope this study will lead to the development of a new therapy for balding which should improve the quality of life for many people with hair loss," said Valerie Randall, a researcher involved in the work from the University of Bradford, Bradford, UK. "Further research should increase our understanding of how hair follicles work and thereby allow new therapeutic approaches for many hair growth disorders." To make this discovery, Randall and colleagues conducted three sets of experiments. Two involved human cells and the other involved mice. The tests on human cells involved using hair follicles growing in organ culture as well as those take directly from the human scalp. In both of these experiments, the scientists found that bimatoprost led to hair growth. The third set of experiments involved applying bimatoprost to the skin of bald spots on mice. As was the case with human cells, the drug caused hair to regrow. "This discovery could be the long-awaited follow up to Viagra that middle-aged men have been waiting for," said Gerald Weissmann, MD, editor-in-chief of The FASEB Journal. "Given that the drug is already approved for human use and its safety profile is generally understood, this looks like a promising discovery that has been right in front of our eyes the whole time. On to the front of our scalp!" More information: FASEB J doi:10.1096/fj.12-218156 Journal reference: FASEB Journal search and more info website


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: bald; drug; hair

1 posted on 10/26/2012 11:48:30 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Who would want a hairy eyeball?


2 posted on 10/26/2012 11:52:24 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The only thing the World would hate more than the USA in charge is the USA NOT in charge")
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To: Mr. K

Who would want a hairy eyeball?

Me, for one..........

3 posted on 10/26/2012 11:58:33 AM PDT by Red Badger (Why yes, that was crude and uncalled for......That's why I said it..............)
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To: Mr. K

The stuff is actually reported to grow hair along the entire lower eyelid and upper cheekbone. It is supposed to be applied at night and of course, it can smear and transfer to the cheek.

I asked an esthetician friend about using it for sparse eyebrows and she said: “Not unless you want to end up looking like Einstein.”


4 posted on 10/26/2012 11:59:31 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Red Badger
Every five years they're saying that the cure for baldness is only five years away.

If there was such a pill to take that would give me hair like Eddie Van Halen had in 1984, I'd be freebasing that stuff right now.

5 posted on 10/26/2012 12:00:05 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: Red Badger

My mom uses one of those eyelash growing gels, and the results are amazing. She looks like she’s wearing false eyelashes, but she’s not.


6 posted on 10/26/2012 12:00:51 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie
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To: Mr. K

Rubbed on the forehead it opens the third eye, and gives it lashes and brows too?

7 posted on 10/26/2012 12:04:24 PM PDT by BlueDragon (going to change my name to "Nobody" then run for elective office)
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To: ChocChipCookie

Have you tried it on your head?..........


8 posted on 10/26/2012 12:07:25 PM PDT by Red Badger (Why yes, that was crude and uncalled for......That's why I said it..............)
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To: ChocChipCookie

I am a Professional Photographer and for many of my shoots, I have a Hair and MUA (Make Up Artist) there.

Usually the girls come over with no makeup on at all and let the Artist do the work which also includes False Eye Lashes.

One gal came over and I swear that she already had False Lashes on. She said....Nope it is from Latisse.

Longest thickest “natural” eyelashes that I have seen.


9 posted on 10/26/2012 12:08:06 PM PDT by Jayster
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To: The KG9 Kid

I could use about a gallon of it............


10 posted on 10/26/2012 12:09:00 PM PDT by Red Badger (Why yes, that was crude and uncalled for......That's why I said it..............)
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To: The KG9 Kid
How in the world did you miss this?
11 posted on 10/26/2012 12:12:42 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Jayster

Latisse?....does it come in a spray can?..............


12 posted on 10/26/2012 12:13:02 PM PDT by Red Badger (Why yes, that was crude and uncalled for......That's why I said it..............)
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To: skeeter

LOL........I almost bought some.............


13 posted on 10/26/2012 12:14:44 PM PDT by Red Badger (Why yes, that was crude and uncalled for......That's why I said it..............)
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To: Red Badger

Just be thankful you weren’t one of those early recipients of a hair transplant like the middle eastern looking guy in the infomercial.


14 posted on 10/26/2012 12:20:00 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Red Badger

So, if I get a cowlick that stands for more than 4 hours, should I call my doctor?


15 posted on 10/26/2012 12:25:00 PM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Romney & Ryan.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Red Badger

I put a gob of it on my ole bald head and went to bed

it got warm and oozed to my back

now I have a combover between my shoulders


16 posted on 10/26/2012 12:27:09 PM PDT by advertising guy (" that lie has it's own sleep number " David Feherty PGA Championship 2012)
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To: The KG9 Kid
I'd be freebasing that stuff right now.

I needed a laugh - but not coffee on my keyboard

17 posted on 10/26/2012 12:28:11 PM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: Red Badger; Larry Lucido; F15Eagle

This is encouraging! I need something to replace “Zeng Zau’s Cure for Baldness.” I don’t like the issues it causes with my, my, err, well, my Man Parts.


18 posted on 10/26/2012 12:28:33 PM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Red Badger

I use the drops for glaucoma in only one eye. I’ve used them for about 4 months. “Longer and darker eyelashes” is listed as a side effect. I do think mine have grown a little on the eyelids where I use it.


19 posted on 10/26/2012 12:40:02 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Sans-Culotte

Try a drop or two on your bald spots, if any.........


20 posted on 10/26/2012 12:42:57 PM PDT by Red Badger (Why yes, that was crude and uncalled for......That's why I said it..............)
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To: Gator113
So, if I get a cowlick that stands for more than 4 hours, should I call my doctor?

No, your barber...........

21 posted on 10/26/2012 12:43:53 PM PDT by Red Badger (Why yes, that was crude and uncalled for......That's why I said it..............)
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To: Gator113

Hahahahahaha!!


22 posted on 10/26/2012 12:45:01 PM PDT by 1035rep
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To: Sans-Culotte

Ive taken drops for glaucoma for several years. I used to take Xalatan, which gave me long eyelashes. Now I take Cosopt and Lumigan, and my numbers have been good.


23 posted on 10/26/2012 12:47:27 PM PDT by Freestate316 (Know what you believe and why you believe it.)
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To: Red Badger

In all seriousness, I am willing to try this stuff on my head. Perhaps at 64 I should no longer care, but I still do.


24 posted on 10/26/2012 12:47:41 PM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Romney & Ryan.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Red Badger

Why would I want to regrow hair on my bald head?

Men who tease me about my bald head are just envious and jealous because they know that my body produces a lot more testosterone than theirs. HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!

Also, females know what it means, too! :-)

I have a message for all full-headed-haired men everywhere: EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT! :-)


25 posted on 10/26/2012 12:51:54 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

My head is bald like Ben Franklin’s........

He was quite a ladies man on his visit to France.........


26 posted on 10/26/2012 12:55:43 PM PDT by Red Badger (Why yes, that was crude and uncalled for......That's why I said it..............)
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To: Gamecock

“I don’t like the issues it causes with my, my, err, well, my Man Parts.”

Whoa! Wouldn’t want to see you have to change the “G” in your screen name to an “L”.


27 posted on 10/26/2012 12:58:57 PM PDT by 1035rep
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To: Red Badger
Maybe Joe Biden can be their celebrity spokesman in January..
28 posted on 10/26/2012 1:02:08 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Not if they want to sell their product..........


29 posted on 10/26/2012 1:04:02 PM PDT by Red Badger (Why yes, that was crude and uncalled for......That's why I said it..............)
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To: Red Badger

We bald-headed brothers of the world have to unite! :-)


30 posted on 10/26/2012 1:14:12 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: Red Badger
Ale, hefewiezen, stout, IPA, lager, pilsner-what gives there? Me, I like a malty, full bodied, liquid bread, beverage.

Lite? They bite!

31 posted on 10/26/2012 1:18:31 PM PDT by nomad
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To: nomad

Love German beer.
They didn’t invent beer. They perfected it.............


32 posted on 10/26/2012 1:34:40 PM PDT by Red Badger (Why yes, that was crude and uncalled for......That's why I said it..............)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

We would blind people.........


33 posted on 10/26/2012 1:36:04 PM PDT by Red Badger (Why yes, that was crude and uncalled for......That's why I said it..............)
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To: Red Badger; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

34 posted on 10/26/2012 1:40:08 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Red Badger

Treat your hair and you will have a constant erection.

What could POSSIBLY go wrong?


35 posted on 10/26/2012 1:47:58 PM PDT by Lazamataz (The Pravda Press has gone from 'biased' straight on through to 'utterly bizarre'.)
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To: Revolting cat!

36 posted on 10/26/2012 1:49:51 PM PDT by Red Badger (Why yes, that was crude and uncalled for......That's why I said it..............)
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To: Red Badger

37 posted on 10/26/2012 1:54:02 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: Freestate316

Yes, lumigan for me as well. My pressure is very normal now. Unfortunately, I had some vision loss before it was detected.


38 posted on 10/26/2012 3:53:10 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Lazamataz
I had to discontinue the drug: hairy palms Pictures, Images and Photos
39 posted on 10/26/2012 5:06:49 PM PDT by GopherIt
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