Sounds like a great name for a super villain.
Does he plan to hold the world to ransom with his hair regrowth technology?
Boffins in California who were trying to deal with problems of stress in combat veterans say they may have accidentally found a cure for baldness. For now, the miracle drug is known to work only on experimental mice genetically engineered to go bald early, but there is apparently every prospect it will benefit humans too. "Our …
The sad fact is that many men with no hair on their head already have luxuriant growths on their back - nature's double whammy.
And I just bought a .me domain touting referring to my baldness (but not my hairy back) as my personal website. So if this drug works and takes off I will be faced with a renaming job in a few years.
I'd still clipper it all back. Looks much better than fairy hair-do's on a man.
Just step outside and your surrounded by 'men' with dodgy hair* and they all look the same no matter how much they try to express their individuality.
(*and usually flashing their arses or just forgetting to wear a belt)
Because you don't want to signal to the ladies that you got given a double-dip of testosterone at conception, eh?
Baldness is oneof those male-pecking-order problems, I think. I don't know a single straight woman who doesn't see it as the sign of a manly man. Maybe I hang out in the wrong circles.
During research stage, before patent
"Our findings show that a short-duration treatment with this compound causes an astounding long-term hair regrowth in chronically stressed mutant mice,"
After Patent granted and $$ appear in the eyes of the patent holders/controllers:
"Our findings show that a *regular/daily* treatment with this compound causes an astounding but short-term hair regrowth in chronically stressed mutant mice, that keep paying $$/dose."
There fixed it for you.
Its well documented that the cure for baldness will make more money than the cure for cancer...
"Imagine the boffins' surprise, then, when it turned out that all their bald mice had grown hair again and could not be told apart from the others any longer."
Sounds like somebody's mother accidentally killed them whilst the boffins were away, and replaced them... "They'll never notice" she was heard to say...
I'd much rather they carry on to find a reliable treatment for things like irritable bowel syndrome, which I assume from "gut problems related to stress" is more or less what they were after, than be satisfied with another palliative for old white guys' egos.
I mean seriously. Who ever ended up with ulcerative colitis or had to have half their large bowel removed because their hair fell out?
Viagra was discovered by accident when trying to treat heart conditions, and a good commercial pharmaceutical goes a long way to covering the research costs of the whole lab. A little blue pill for baldness will be pricey, because it's cosmetic, and will help keep the costs of real medicine down.
in revealing the incredible intelligence of those who can actually notice it in others and enunciate then fact to let those of us with lower observational and social skills avoid evenings of thrilling monosyllabic banter while waiting agog for the next revolutionary biological discovery.
I wonder if this stuff will be on the market by the time my bald patch rejects its current cover?
It'll probably be priced like Viagra, but that's ok, because the Indian pharmaceutical industry will get hold of it, then we can all buy it cheap on the internet.
Anyway, I'm not going to get stressed over this, that'll only cause my hair to fall out even faster!
This immediately puts me in mind of the introductory scenes from Idiocracy, in which cures for impotence and baldness were given higher priority in the labs than curing stupidity.
A pleasant surprise then, to go on to read that it was an accidental discovery made while trying to genuinely improve people's lives and cure stress related diseases.
A happy story all round.
" Corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) signaling pathways are involved in the stress response, and there is growing evidence supporting hair growth inhibition of murine hair follicle in vivo upon stress exposure."
" The non-selective CRF receptors antagonist, astressin-B (5 µg/mouse) injected peripherally once a day for 5 days in 4–9 months old CRF-OE alopecic mice induced pigmentation and hair re-growth that was largely retained for over 4 months. In young CRF-OE mice, astressin-B prevented the development of alopecia that occurred in saline-treated mice. Histological examination indicated that alopecic CRF-OE mice had hair follicle atrophy and that astressin-B revived the hair follicle from the telogen to anagen phase. "
I've always been interested in the relationship between hair and life events. People go grey and bald at different rates and lengthy observation has lead one to the conclusion that connections may exist between hair condition and ( the accumulation of reactions to ) life events of an individual. A former girl-friend with a history of " interesting times " had alopecia ( only in the best places ) apart from anything else. mmmm.
That astressin-B was administered whilst investigating gut problems amongst service personnel adds an interesting frisson, however. A Godwinian example of stress-related internal dis-orders would feature Hitler's severe intestinal discomfort after knocking off his mentor and collaborator Roem in 1934. No more Mr Nice Guy thereafter. Stalin had a very very nasty pants-soiling fall-on-floor-dribbling stroke soon after he decided to free the motherland from its best medical talent, which included his own physicians.
May their like be seen no more.
On the plus side, I've a full head of light brown tinged at the temples. I steer situations and circumstances that curl my gut and I can remember where I was when LBJ became President.
BootQuestion: Did the astressin-B help the veteran's gut problems ?
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