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Web article. Stem cell research solves baldness

Discussion in 'Health News and Research unrelated to ME/CFS' started by NelliePledge, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. NelliePledge

    NelliePledge Moderator Staff Member

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    From Futurism website



    Maybe now that’s sorted science can properly focus on ME..........
     
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    adreno Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Big money in curing baldness...
     
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  3. Mij

    Mij Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Absolutely. So many people who had a life changing experience and went on disability because of going bald :unsure:
     
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    Forbin Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Ironically, the treatment involves cellular metabolism, pyruvate and the production of more lactate.
     
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    Alvin Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Came here to say this :woot:
     
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    Yes, I agree about the relationship. Hair loss was the first presign of ME as it first attempted to hijack me. But after 5 years, the once stark bald areas seem to be making a slow and concerted comeback. Only time will tell, and I hope I win! It’s time to throw the ME baby out with the bath water!
     
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  7. Mij

    Mij Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Hair loss CBT/GET:

    Write down all your negative thoughts and feelings and fears about your hair loss. Take your time, and think back to the recurring themes you’ve been subconsciously exploring in your mind for the last few days, weeks, or months.

    Add fitness and exercise in your daily routine. You could clean the house, mow the lawn, run a marathon, walk around the block, climb a mountain . . .

    It's that simple.


     
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    Alvin Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Someone could develop a lightning process treatment with two pieces of paper to jump on, one says don't be like George Costanza and the other say my hair is growing back. Then we do a sham study to prove it works, and charge high prices per course of treatments
     
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    Seven Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    SO everytime is there more money to male boldness than ME.
    Since they are solved, does that mean we get the money :rofl:
     
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    I think men look just fine with or sans a full head of hair. So my vote is to give ME the funds.
     
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  11. Luther Blissett

    Luther Blissett Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Can I respectfully remind people that 'baldness'
    1. is not just a problem that affects men
    2. it includes conditions of alopecia
    3. it can be traumatising to people
     
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    Alvin Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    No argument but its "funny" that it gets more research money then a debilitating and sometimes deadly disease. I think posters are just blowing off some steam over this injustice.
     
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    Agreed, it's not being done out of malice, just asking people to think of others affected. :)

    It would be pretty cool if there could be a future treatment that could help types of baldness, especially in children and women who are not generally thought of as being at risk.
     
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    Thanks for the reminder @Luther Blissett.

    I haven't read the research - can anyone clarify whether this research related to genetic male pattern baldness, or whether it also covered other hair loss conditions such as alopecia?
     
  15. Luther Blissett

    Luther Blissett Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    @Trish This article seems clearer as to what was being studied, why, and who funded it. :)

    https://www.femtomedicine.com/ucla-...e-stem-cells-to-make-hair-grow-ucla-newsroom/

     
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    Thanks, Luther. I confess I'd run out of energy for reading articles.
     
  17. Luther Blissett

    Luther Blissett Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    No problem :hug:

    Here's a video from the lead author of the paper explaining what they are studying.



    From what I understand, she is part of a wider group who are studying stem cells in different organs, in her team they are studying the skin. Part of the reason for studying this area is to see the relationship between skin cells and cancer. They also seem to have a focus on creating commercial products.

    If they can produce a topical cream for regrowing hair, this seems to me to be a good way to produce a product that would provide income for further wider research.
     
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    Since this is a forum for PwME, and I am a member, and I have ME, and I have baldness, I feel that I have a right to speak my mind about this topic.

    I feel that baldness is more a cosmetic issue, that offers options of hats and wigs, if one feels emotionally inclined to cover up the issue. Regarding ME, which is not a cosmetic issue, I can’t go to the store and purchase an item that takes away my PEM.

    I feel that given a choice between investing research dollars into curing baldness vs. curing ME, I vote for curing ME.

    I also feel that in the US, where I live, there is too much of an emphasis placed on cosmetic issues. When I see research dollars funded into cosmetic issues, while ME is so poorly underfunded, I am not pleased. I feel that I am not the only member on this forum that feels this way. I feel that we, as members, should be able to let off steam about this issue, since I feel it’s a sensitive topic among us.
     
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    Hair loss is devastating. ME caused mine. There have been days I thought I could rock bald if I felt well and was vibrantly healthy, but there have been plenty of days I would have gladly thrown myself in bed just to not be grieved by the person reflected in the mirror.

    It really isn't an either/or thing. Loss is loss and it all hurts. I am thankful that medicine is starting to realize that what you see outside is not "normal" but an extension of what is inside and I am hopeful that these hair loss studies will work backwards in providing answers for the root cause of some of the things that plague us - like ME.
     
  20. Luther Blissett

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    With respect, I was trying to point out that:

    • The funding mainly came from cancer charities and funds
    • it is part of research into things like the causes of skin cancer
    I am unable to find any research funds that is going towards Male Pattern Baldness in and of itself. I've found funding for exploring the link between baldness and prostate cancer, the link between baldness and heart disease, etc.

    This whole thing we have about research money going into male baldness seems a red herring based on a misunderstanding of what the funds were for.

    We can be upset with amounts and uses of funding without belittling sufferers of other illnesses.
     

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