17 Feb '11, 4am

There's hope: US researchers have stumbled upon a chemical that caused mice to regrow hair

There's hope: US researchers have stumbled upon a chemical that caused mice to regrow hair

US researchers looking at how stress affects the gut stumbled upon a potent chemical that blocks a stress-related hormone and causes mice to regrow hair. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON - US RESEARCHERS looking at how stress affects the gut stumbled upon a potent chemical that caused mice to regrow hair by blocking a stress-related hormone, said a study on Wednesday. While the process has not yet been tested in humans, it grew more hair in mice than minoxidil, the ingredient in Rogaine, a popular treatment for baldness, said the study in the online journal PLoS One. 'This could open new venues to treat hair loss in humans through the modulation of the stress hormone receptors, particularly hair loss related to chronic stress and ageing,' said co-author Million Mulugeta. Researchers from University of California Los Angeles and the Veterans Administration discovered the chemical c...

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