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"Could Baldness Become 'Optional'? New Research May Give Men Hope"

  • Health Day
  • New York, NY
  • (December 19, 2019)

The best way to avoid baldness is to stop hair from falling out in the first place. Now, researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai say a new hair growth discovery might help men keep their locks for a lifetime. “Our major discovery is a previously unknown smooth muscle that surrounds hair follicles and is called the dermal sheath," explained lead researcher Michael Rendl, MD, professor of cell, developmental & regenerative biology and dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He added, “We found an answer for how this works by discovering that the dermal sheath surrounding growing hair follicles is a smooth muscle, whose function is to contract and push up the hair shaft and pull up the dermal papilla.”

Michael Rendl, MD, Professor, Cell, Developmental & Regenerative Biology, Dermatology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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