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Ditch the Hat: Cure for Baldness May Be on the Way

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People with balding heads may have reason to rejoice: researcher at UCLA have stumbled upon a drug that appears to both prevent hair loss from occurring, and regrow hair that's already gone. According to KCBS, the drug's effects were discovered while scientists were studying the effects of stress on the digestive system. After causing mice to overproduce a stress hormone in mice and then treating them with the medication, the researchers found that three months later, mice who had gone completely bald had hair. Later, when they tested the drug as a preventive measure, they found that mice given the medication did not lose any hair.

The drug worked, according to KCBS in 90% of mice. It will be at least five years, they add, before the medication might be available to humans.