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Genetic Test For Baldness Now Available

It is with excitement that I read the news clip about the new genetic test for baldness from www.hairdx.com for $149. A fast-growing part of my hair restoration practice is men in their 20's and 30's.    For many men, their only clue to their "follicular destiny" is a look around the holiday dinner table or a jaunt through the family photo album.    Never before has there been a laboratory test to determine someone's 'risk for baldness.'     At this time is it not clear how accurate the test actually is.    Judging from the thousands of requests for the test thus far, it is clear that this is information that those concerned about hair want to have. 

While the test has already gained approval from the American Hair Loss Association, the exact use of this test in the typical medical "workup" of hair loss has yet to be determined.   However, this is another step forward for the field of medicine in the diagnosis and treatment of androgenetic alopecia (male pattern hair loss).    At this time, I would recommend any patient who has taken--or considered taking--this genetic test (just like any other genetic test) to discuss the results with a board-certified hair restoration physician.      It is important to administer the test properly, in order to receive accurate results from the test.      At Bauman Medical, we offer counseling and guidance on whether the test is needed, how to administer the test properly (to ensure accurate results) as well as education on how to interpret the results of the test.   

I look forward to providing more information about this test as it becomes available.


New Hair Follicle Growth in Mice (NBC TODAY)

Back in May of 2007, I read with great interest Dr. Costarelis and his team's article in Nature regarding the new hair follicle growth he observed in wounded mice in his laboratory.   

[old baumanblog post: http://baumanmedical.typepad.com/follicleblog/2007/05/follicular_neog.html]

I was excited to see his observations reported on by NBC's Today Show this morning.   It appears that the cell therapy that his team was testing might eventually be used to encourage new hair follicle growth in humans.   After seeing his lecture, first hand, at the ISHRS Annual Meeting this past year in 2007, it appears that some degree of 'wounding' of the skin will be needed as well as the addition of some kind of growth-factor compound in order to make the follicles regenerate.   Obviously, this treatment is many years off for patients and consumers, but it is still an exciting new treatment option which may have some promise in the next decade.

Watch NBC's video report below: