Friday, 18 January 2013

Eye medication used to regrow human hair

Perhaps this is a good news for balding men.

New research in the FASEB Journal shows how a commonly prescribed glaucoma drug may be effective in treating male pattern baldness and other forms of alopecia.

If you're balding and want your hair to grow back, then here is some good news. A new research report appearing online in The FASEB Journal ( shows how the FDA-approved glaucoma drug, bimatoprost, causes human hair to regrow. It's been commercially available as a way to lengthen eyelashes, but these data are the first to show that it can actually grow human hair from the scalp.

"We hope this study will lead to the development of a new therapy for balding which should improve the quality of life for many people with hair loss," said Valerie Randall, a researcher involved in the work from the University of Bradford, Bradford, UK.

"Further research should increase our understanding of how hair follicles work and thereby allow new therapeutic approaches for many hair growth disorders."

To make this discovery, Randall and colleagues conducted three sets of experiments. Two involved human cells and the other involved mice. The tests on human cells involved using hair follicles growing in organ culture as well as those take directly from the human scalp. In both of these experiments, the scientists found that bimatoprost led to hair growth. The third set of experiments involved applying bimatoprost to the skin of bald spots on mice. As was the case with human cells, the drug caused hair to regrow.

"This discovery could be the long-awaited follow up to Viagra that middle-aged men have been waiting for," said Gerald Weissmann, MD, editor-in-chief of The FASEB Journal.

"Given that the drug is already approved for human use and its safety profile is generally understood, this looks like a promising discovery that has been right in front of our eyes the whole time. On to the front of our scalp!"

Source: FASEB

Suspended because of Facebook posting!

Hanoi - A Vietnamese teenager has been suspended from school for a year for posting a parody of a famous speech by independence hero Ho Chi Minh on her Facebook page, local media said.

The "Declaration of Students of Ly Tu Trong Secondary School" satirises a famous 1946 speech by then-president Ho calling for national resistance against French colonialists.

"All students! As we desire peace, we have made concessions. But the more concessions we make, the more the teachers press on, for they are bent on failing us once again," said the post, quoted by the Thanh Nien newspaper.

"All students... have to find ways to get good marks in the exam... those who have neither health or head (intellect) have to copy or use cheat sheets."

The local authorities said the 14-year-old's post distorted history and insulted the school in the central province of Quang Nam.

"Forcing her to stay at home is also a way of educating her," head teacher Nguyen Tan Si was quoted as saying in local media.

The suspension prompted a storm of criticism online. A survey by the VNExpress website showed that around 70% of readers thought the punishment was too harsh.

Facebook is popular in Vietnam but is sometimes blocked by the communist authorities, who maintain a cult of personality around Ho.

The father figure led the country to independence from the French but died in 1969, aged 79, before the country was unified at the end of the war.

His embalmed body is on display in Hanoi while his image appears on banknotes and his portrait is hung in classrooms and other public buildings.

All Vietnamese children are told stories about "Uncle Ho" from the time they enter nursery school at age three until they finish university. -- AFP

Hina monarki, pelawak dipenjara 2 tahun

Hidup akan lebih aman jika kita mematuhi undang-undang. Kalau tidak, bala pasti menimpa suatu hari nanti:-

BANGKOK: Mahkamah Thailand menjatuhi seorang pelawak yang juga penyokong tegar 'Baju Merah' kepada hukuman penjara dua tahun pada Khamis kerana menghina monarki dalam satu ucapan pada perhimpunan 2010, kata peguamnya.

Yosawaris Chuklom, 54, yang menggunakan nama pentas Jeng Dokchik, didapati bersalah dibawah udang-undang lese-majeste Thailand, yang boleh menghukum sesiapa sahaja yang disabit kesalahan menghina raja, permaisuri atau waris sehingga penjara 15 tahun.

Pelawak itu yang juga berdepan tuduhan pengganas berasingan untuk peranannya dalam tunjuk perasaan Baju Merah pada 2010 di sini, yang menyaksikan kehilangan banyak nyawa, memohon jaminan sementara merayu keputusan itu, kata peguamnya, Thamrong Lakdaen.

"Pada mulanya dia dihukum penjara tiga tahun tapi hakim mengurangkan hukuman kepada dua tahun disebabkan oleh keterangan yang diberinya," katanya. - AFP