November 14, 1997 |
A cure for baldness--in a pill? That tantalizing possibility may have moved a step closer to reality Thursday when a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee reviewed a drug that Merck & Co. wants to market for baldness. The drug, finasteride, would be marketed under the brand name Propecia if approved by the FDA. The drug has been shown in clinical trials to prevent further hair loss and increase hair growth in many users.
September 14, 1989 |
"C'mon, bring your bald head over here," roars John T. Capps III as I enter the Holiday Inn. With six other baldies, I face the lobby's wall-size mirror as we pose for a Philadelphia TV station. Between our heads and the lights, there's plenty of glare. Capps exhorts us to rub our domes in unison and chant: "Hip-hip! Bald is beautiful! Bald is beautiful! Bald is beautiful!" As Capps choreographs our movements, he takes phone calls from the news media.
October 29, 1996 |
Researchers using mice to examine a pesticide's effects on skin cancer also developed data they say indicates baldness may be linked to the presence of a female hormone, not the absence of a male one. Dr. Robert Smart and graduate assistant Hye-Sun Oh at North Carolina State University in Raleigh were studying the pesticide's impact when they found that the shaved skin of mice grew hair when treated with an estrogen blocker.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1988
A University of Miami researcher says that the biochemical cause of male baldness has been found, but a cure for the hair loss problem will require more study. Dr. Marty E. Sawaya, a researcher at the University of Miami School of Medicine, said last week that she and her colleagues have isolated specific proteins involved in the balding process by studying tissue taken from the scalps of men undergoing scalp surgery.
March 16, 1987 |
An advisory committee today recommended Food and Drug Administration approval of a drug that can help alleviate baldness, although some members expressed skepticism over how many people would benefit. The unanimous recommendation by the five-member committee is viewed as a forerunner of formal FDA approval in a few months. The Upjohn Co.
November 7, 1988 |
Experts are baffled by a mysterious ailment that is causing dozens of children in a Ukrainian town to go bald. Residents are beginning to panic, the newspaper Socialist Industry reported Sunday. Soviet media say at least 82 children have been affected. The reports say the children--infants to those aged 15--have suffered no other unusual effects. The town, Chernovtsy, is near the Romanian border, about 200 miles from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.