Scientists May Have Found A Way To Cure Baldness

Researchers at the New York University School of Medicine have made an intriguing discovery that could make hair loss a thing of the past.

The NYU scientists say the secret to reversing hair loss is all about activating something called the ‘sonic hedgehog signalling pathway’.

The sonic hedgehog gene plays an important part in embryo development and was  — bizarrely — named in honour of the SEGA video game character, after postdoctorate fellow Dr Robert Riddle saw the famous critter in his six-year-old daughter’s comic book.

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By activating the sonic hedgehog (SHH) pathway, the researchers were able to create “crosstalk among skin cells that form the roots of hair” and regrow hair strands on damaged skin, NYU Langone Health reported.

While the SHH pathway is quite active when a fetus is growing and developing follicles,  it is “otherwise stalled in wounded skin in healthy adults”.

Which is apparently why hair stops growing in places that have been wounded or undergone surgery.

“Our results show that stimulating fibroblasts through the sonic hedgehog pathway can trigger hair growth not previously seen in wound healing,” said study senior investigator and cell biologist Mayumi Ito, PhD.

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Researchers conducted these experiments on mice over a three-year period and are planning future investigations on wounded human skin. Dr Ito says her goal is to identify likely drug targets for hair regrowth.

Which is good news for anyone hoping for a little more coverage on their chrome dome.

Although we personally think beloved celebrities like Danny Devito, Jason Alexander, Terry Crews, and Bruce Willis are perfect the way they are without the help of a stimulated sonic hedgehog.


This Ayurvedic Beverage May Help Relieve Acidity and Indigestion

This Ayurvedic Beverage May Help Relieve Acidity and Indigestion

Picture this: You had a great lunch at one of your favourite restaurants. You are headed back home, and as soon as you are about to tell your friends about how amazing your meal was- you burp. You go for it again and you feel this strange burning sensation around your chest, your tummy is heavy and this discomfort is only getting worse with each passing minute. Acidity can spoil any good meal experience in just few minutes. Fortunately, we know plenty of natural home remedies that help relieve acidity and indigestion. According to Ayurveda, cumin is one such spice that can stimulate digestive juices and keep tummy troubles like acidity and indigestion at bay.

According to Ayurvedic Expert Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, “Jeera water helps get rid of acidity and bloating, and provides relief from indigestion. It acts as a painkiller and is especially beneficial in curing stomach ache and abdominal pain.” Cumin water generally stimulates the secretion of digestive enzymes and accelerates the digestion process, thus helping you fight gut issues.

Cumin seeds serve as a great acid neutraliser, aid digestion and relieve stomach pain. Chewing on a handful of seeds could prove to be very effective at times. However, the strong flavour of cumin may get a bit too much to handle for some people. In this case, you can make yourself a glass of jeera water. Drinking jeera water daily could help keep your digestion healthy.


A high carb diet after cancer treatment may increase risk of recurrence

Higher mortality rates were found among people with oral cavity cancer who consumed the greatest amounts of total carbohydrates, total sugars and simple carbohydrates.

Consuming high amounts of carbohydrates and sugar prior to treatment for head and neck cancer may increase the patients’ risks of cancer recurrence and mortality, a new study reports. Patients who consumed the most total carbohydrates and sugars — in the form of sucrose, fructose, lactose and maltose — in the year preceding the cancer treatment were at greater risk of mortality from any cause during the follow-up period.

Out of the 400 cancer patients in the study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, more than 17 per cent experienced recurrence of their cancer, and 42 patients died from it. Associations among carbohydrate intake and patient outcomes differed by cancer type and stage, said lead author Anna E. Arthur, professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

However, eating moderate amounts of fats and starchy foods such as whole grains, potatoes and legumes after treatment could have protective benefits, reducing the patients’ risks of disease recurrence and death, he added. “Our results, along with the findings of other studies, suggest that diet composition can affect cancer outcomes,” said co-author Amy M. Goss, professor at the University of Alabama.

Higher mortality rates were found among people with oral cavity cancer who consumed the greatest amounts of total carbohydrates, total sugars and simple carbohydrates, but the researchers found no such associations among people who had oropharyngeal cancers.

“Although in this study we found that higher total carbohydrate and total sugar were associated with higher mortality in head and neck cancer patients, because of the study design we can’t say that there’s a definitive cause-effect relationship,” Arthur said. Five-year survival rates among these patients continue to be low, in part because these cancers are often detected in the later stages, putting patients at high risk of recurrence, the researchers said.


Novel Drug May Help Treat Hair Loss; Try These Foods For Hair-Growth!

Novel Drug May Help Treat Hair Loss; Try These Foods For Hair-Growth!

According to a study published in the journal PLOS Biology, for people with receding hairlines, help may soon be on the way, as scientists have identified a drug, originally designed for osteoporosis- that can stimulate hair growth. Researchers in the UK showed that the drug has a dramatic stimulatory effect on human hair follicles donated by patients undergoing hair transplantation surgery. Researchers sought to develop new ways to promote human hair growth with the hope of finding novel, well-tolerated agents for treating androgenetic alopecia.

The team of researchers found that a compound originally developed to treat osteoporosis. The external application of the drug or similar compounds to balding human scalp, may promote hair growth. The researchers were able to conduct their experiments with scalp hair follicles that had generously been donated by over 40 patients and were then tested in organ cultures.

According to the researchers, when the hair growth promoting effects of the drug were previously studied in mice, a very different molecular mechanism of action was suggested. However, a clinical trial is required next to tell the researchers whether this drug or similar compounds are both effective and safe in hair loss patients.

Whether the drug helps in hair re-growth, the researchers still need to find out. However, the right kind of nutrients may also help in hair-regrowth. We have put together foods that help hair regrowth.

1. Eggs

Hair is made up of protein; therefore, it is important to ensure that you have enough protein in your diet and what better then egg? Protein is the building block of hair. So go on and add eggs in your daily diet.

2. Citrus fruits

Your body needs vitamin C for iron absorption, so you need to add citrus fruits to your diet. Add more lemons, oranges, grapefruits in your diet to ensure healthy and long tresses.

3. Nuts and seeds

Omega-3 fatty acids help nourish the hair and support thickening. Since your body cannot produce these healthy fats on its own, you need to derive them from your diet. Almonds and walnuts are really high in omega-3 fatty acids. You can also add flaxseeds to your daily diet too.

4. Whole grains

Whole grains are rich in biotin along with zinc, iron and B vitamins. Biotin is required for cell proliferation and plays and important role in producing amino acids that are needed for your hair to grow.

5. Carrots

Drink carrot juice daily, which is rich in vitamin A for hair growth. Vitamin A helps the scalp in producing the natural sebum oil that keeps it and the roots healthy to boost hair growth.


High protein diets like Atkin’s may increase risk of heart failure, finds study

High protein diets, which have gained in popularity as food trends have turned against carbohydrates, may increase the risk of heart failure in older men by as much as 49 per cent, a study has found.

Relatively little research has been conducted on the long-term impact of wolfing down chicken breasts and steak in the name of weight loss, even though it’s central to health-fad bibles like the Atkin’s Diet and a multimillion pound supplement industry.

But a new study by Finnish researchers found that all diets involving excessive protein consumption were associated with an increased risk of heart problems.

Among middle aged and older men, those eating the the most animal protein and dairy had a risk of heart failure 43 and 49 per cent higher, respectively, than those eating the least, they found.

Men who ate the most protein, of all types, had their risk of heart failure increased by a third and those who ate the most plant protein increased it by 17 per cent – although higher plant protein intake was associated with a healthier lifestyle overall.

“As many people seem to take the health benefits of high-protein diets for granted, it is important to make clear the possible risks and benefits of these diets,” said study author Dr Jyrki Virtanen, adjunct professor of nutritional epidemiology at the University of Eastern Finland.

Heart failure means the heart is unable to pump enough blood around the body to keep the tissues and organs healthy, leading to increasingly poor health and eventually death.