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The Claim: Smoking Can Cause the Loss of Hair

Posted by Gary Heron, on May 21st, 2008, under HAIR LOSS FACTS

If an increased risk of respiratory illness, cancer and heart disease are not reason enough for many smokers to consider quitting, than perhaps a message focused on hair instead of health may do the trick.

Scientists have long speculated cigarette smoke may accelerate hair loss and premature graying. The association was largely attributed to toxins in smoke that can harm hair follicles and damage hormones. According to epidemiological studies, that appears to be the case. A report in the journal BMJ looked at more than 600 men and women, half of them smokers. After controlling for variables, the researchers found a “significant” and “consistent” link between smoking and early graying.

Last year, another team studied the link in a group of 740 men in Taiwan, aged 40 to 91 years, notable because Asian men generally have low rates of hereditary baldness. After controlling for age and family histories, the researchers found a greater rate of hair loss among the smokers, a risk that grew with increasing smoking.

One question is whether the link is a result of tobacco toxins directly affecting the scalp, or of smoking’s causing severe disease that speeds aging.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Several studies suggest smoking can lead to premature graying and hair loss.

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Alopecia Areata: Giovanni’s Story (We Prove The NHS And His GP Wrong) Hair Loss – Giovanni’s Story Part 3.

Posted by Gary Heron, on May 20th, 2008, under ALOPECIA AREATA

Giovanni came to us very depressed and completely disillusioned. He was suffering from alopecia areata, psoriasis, eczema and male pattern baldness due to age.

Giovanni came to us after his GP and the NHS had refused to advise him about any of his conditions because he was in his 70′s.

All his GP and the NHS had to do was to refer him to a trichologist.

Fortunately for Giovanni we had treated one of his close friends and he was pointed our way.

The rest is his story:

This is him over 2 years on from the start of treatment and still looking great.

For the rest of Giovanni’s photos through his recovery click on to: 

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Giovanni’s Letter to us on completion of treatment:

Dear Gary

Because of you I am a happy man. At our first consultation, as you know, I was very down and miserable. Being a man, I thought that my gradual hair loss was normal for someone of my age.

When you explained the reasons of my hair loss to me, because of your expertise in these matters, you helped to alleviate my fears of losing all my hair.

After a few visits I began to realise that what you told me would happen, did happen, even though I took some convincing.

The products that you gave me to reverse my condition were easy to use and I had no problems following your instructions.

The results have been remarkable. I am ecstatic and my confidence has returned. I now have a luxuriant head of hair and no longer feel it is necessary to wear a hat in public.

Thank you for your empathy and support.

Yours sincerely

Giovanni  – a very happy man.

PS: Please do not forget the photographs – my friends do not believe me.

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Scientist confident of cancer treatment breakthrough

Posted by Admin, on May 20th, 2008, under HAIR LOSS SCIENCE

A researcher holds high hopes for cancer treatments without side-effects in the next decade. (AAP: Vera Devai, file photo)

The treatment of cancer can be a harrowing, painful and dispiriting process.

But a leading Australian researcher predicts that chemotherapy side-effects such as nausea and hair loss will become a thing of the past as scientists gain a greater understanding of the biology of cancer.

Associate Professor Nick Saunders from the Diamantina Institute at the University of Queensland says a breakthrough in the treatment of cancer is probably only a decade away.

“In the past decade we’ve made enormous advances I would say. Most of that has come from advances on the molecular sciences, mainly to do with genetic technology and computational biology,” he said.

“These advances have allowed us to identify specific defects within particular cancers.

“Ultimately these have provided information about drug targets. And so I think, at the moment, the tide is changing in our treatment of cancers.

“I think cancer’s become a disease that is considered treatable, but is also going to be associated with far less side-effects then we have traditionally associated with cancer therapies.”

He says the key to prescribing cancer medication free of side-effects, such as hair-loss and vomiting, is to pinpoint the defects of the disease.

“If you’re … presenting to your doctor and you’ve got hyper-tension for example, then we give you drugs which you take when you go home and they get your high blood pressure back in control,” he said.

“Your hair doesn’t fall out, you’re not hospitalised, you don’t get immune suppression and you gut lining isn’t destroyed by these drugs.

“The reason that is the case, is because we are able to very selectively target the defects in hyper-tensive patients to treat their disease.

“What I’m saying is, with the advances we’ve made in molecular science, it is now a reasonable proposition for us to aim to have similar affects in treating cancer.

“That is, if we know the defects selectively, then we can treat those patients without any nasty side-effects which are normally associated with cancers,” he added.

But he says that type of breakthrough is still a way off.

“What I don’t want is for people to start phoning their doctor tomorrow saying ‘I hear cancer’s been cured, what can you do for me?’” he said.

“We’ve made some very significant advances and I think that those advances are going to form the basis for very dramatic changes in the way that we treat many types of cancers.

“My aim and the aim of hundreds, maybe thousands of scientists around the world, is to try to improve outcomes in patients, but at the same time, do so with very few side-effects,” he said.

“If we make that our goal, and I think we’re making good strides towards it, I would be very optimistic of improved outcomes in a number of other types of cancer.”

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Breakthrough Genetic Test For Womens Hair Loss Now Available

Posted by Gary Heron, on May 19th, 2008, under FEMALE HAIR LOSS, HAIR LOSS SCIENCE

Bosley partners with HairDX

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 16, 2008– Bosley, the worlds most experienced hair restoration expert, now offers a break-through genetic test for baldness in women from HairDX. The test can be accessed on line at www.bosley.com. It is the first test available for women to help assess the risk for female hair loss (female androgenetic alopecia). At least 50% of women will experience thinning by the age of 60. The test is an invaluable indicator of the likelihood of future hair loss and can help promote early treatment before substantial hair is lost.

To be tested, a woman simply swabs the inside of her cheek and sends the swab to the HairDX lab. In a few weeks, she will find out if she has the genetic markers” associated with a higher risk for significant hair loss. The accurate and easy-to-understand results of the test, ordered on line for $149, are scored and available confidentially via a secure website. A lower test score is associated with an increased risk for significant hair loss while a higher score is associated with a decreased risk for significant hair loss.

Scientists discovered that the percentage of the female population with a score of 15 or less, NOT suffering from a Ludwig grade II or III hair loss was only a 2.3%,” says Dr. Nathan Vandergraft, a Statistician and Research Scientist at the University of California, Irvine.

Female hair loss has been difficult to diagnose in the past as the typical patterns of thinning are not the same as found in men. Women experience a diffuse thinning and localized areas of balding

After assessing their genetic predisposition to baldness, women consumers can schedule an educational consultation at Bosley and a personal evaluation with a Bosley physician at one of twenty regional surgical offices. The Bosley physician will review the test results and provide a personalized plan for the patient, which may include hair transplantation, an FDA-approved medication, and laser light therapy, depending upon the individual case.

The results of the break-through genetic testing (also available for men) are supported by peer-reviewed scientific studies. The information provided the HairDX laboratory, a certified clinical laboratory, will enable him or her to make a more informed decision about the right course of treatment, after discussing the results with a qualified physician. In contrast to hundreds of products now on the market with dubious promises, HairDX offers a truly scientific approach to treating baldness.

A trichologist, by the way, is a hair specialist whose training covers both the cosmetic and the medical aspects of the subject.

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What causes alopecia areata?

Posted by Gary Heron, on May 16th, 2008, under ALOPECIA AREATA

Alopecia areata is thought to be an auto-immune disease. The immune system makes white blood cells (lymphocytes) and antibodies to attack bacteria, viruses, and other ‘germs’. If you have an auto-immune disease, your immune system ‘mistakes’ part or parts of your body as foreign. In people with alopecia areata, many white blood cells gather around the affected hair roots (hair follicles) which are mistaken as ‘foreign’. This causes some mild inflammation which leads in some way to hairs becoming ‘weak’ and fall out to cause the bald patches.

It is not known why it is common for only certain areas of the scalp to be affected. Also, the affected hair follicles are not destroyed. Affected hair follicles are capable of making normal hair again if the immune reaction goes and the situation returns to normal.

It is not known why alopecia areata or other auto-immune diseases occur. It is thought that something triggers the immune system to react against the body’s own tissues. Possible triggers include: viruses, infection, medicines, or other environmental factors. There is also an inherited factor which makes some people more prone to auto-immune diseases. About 1 in 4 people with alopecia areata have a close relative who is also affected.

If you have alopecia areata you also have a slightly higher than average chance of developing other auto-immune diseases such as thyroid disorders, pernicious anaemia and vitiligo. (However, it is important to stress that most people with alopecia areata do not develop any of these other conditions.)

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