Osteoporosis drug offers way ahead for baldness

Study finds it is a ‘positive promoter of human hair growth’

A drug originally designed as a treatment for osteoporosis may prove to be just the thing for male pattern baldness, say researchers.

male pattern baldness

The drug known as WAY-316606, has a similar molecular mechanism to the old immunosuppressive drug cyclosporine, which boosts hair growth but is riddled with side effects.

By combing through the molecular changes in hair follicles treated with cyclosporine, the researchers figured out the way it works and found that WAY-316606 was a better alternative.

Using real human hair follicles tested in organ cultures, they

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