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Treatment for Hair Loss Should Focus Not Just Hair Follicle, but the Tissue Surrounding It: New Study

A new research from the University of Southern California finds astounding similarity between hair loss in human beings and shedding of coat in animals.

The research finds that hair loss in human beings caused by hormones not only happens in the hair follicles, but also in the tissue surrounding the follicles. This phenomenon is similar to that happens in an animal body.

This implies that a new treatment could be developed that focuses not just the falling hair follicle, but the tissue surrounding it. Stem cells treatment, according to experts, proves to be vital for treating baldness as it applies to the tissues surrounding the hair follicle.

While a hair follicle is in its "resting" phase, a number of processes are still occurring, including cleaning up the cells that remain from the dead hair and repairing the DNA of the stem cell the hair grows from, the research said.

This phenomenon was discovered by observing increased levels of immune activity around these hair follicles, according to Mikhail Geyfman, a doctoral student at UC Irvine and one of the paper's authors.

Geyfman said understanding these processes will likely provide a key to coaxing these hairs to regrow.

"I think it will have a huge impact on [baldness] treatments, and how physicians look at hair treatments in humans. They will actually start looking at the fat,” Geyfman said.

Stem cell technology for hair loss treatment has advanced over the past few years. Earlier this year, researchers found that stem cells on the scalp could prove more effective in treating baldness. To get better results, these cells need to produce secondary cells that are responsible for growing hair.

Recently Biostem US Corporation, a regenerative medicine company, announced the results of a two-year study on stem cell hair loss treatment for Alopecia Areata.

The consumer study was conducted at a Biostem affiliate clinic in Florida at The international Stem Cell & Cicatrical Alopecia Symposium. The study involved 700 patients, with results showing renewed hair growth in 80 percent of the participants.

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