A so called “wonder cream” developed to cure patients that suffer from eczema and various forms of arthritis could have a powerful impact on fighting hair loss. When Going Wrong Can be so Right Some of the greatest discoveries in history were a result of mistakes and unintended design purposes. The famous workplace staple Post-it Notes was a result of scientists attempting to create a super-strong adhesive — but instead they stumbled upon a reusable, pressure sensitive adhesive that would allow an object to be stuck and unstuck over and over again. Likewise, scientists of the London based Anthony Nolan Research Institute may have created a cream that could solve hair loss in patients suffering from alopecia. Dr. Aurore Saudemont and his team were experimenting and researching for way to help patients who suffer from a form of blood cancer. During their research, this ‘wonder cream’ they were working on may be the answer to correcting auto-immune system issues that cause disorders like eczema, arthritis, and forms of alopecia. “This ­accidental discovery could offer a major breakthrough,” said Dr. Saudemont. “These findings could eventually lead to treatments that eradicate ­symptoms of eczema, rheumatoid arthritis and even alopecia areata without causing major side effects. This could be life-changing for patients.” How Does it Work? how_does_it_work The research team from Anthony Nolan were looking for a way to solve complications of stem cell transplants. The issue was that the new, transplanted cells would see the host’s existing cells as foreign and go into attack mode. Such a complication happens in 80% of patients. Drawing inspiration from pregnant women and the blood found in the umbilical cord that can make the distinction of the mother’s baby as not being a foreign object, the team began research on the protein element in the blood that makes this possible. Step right up and get your wonder creamin just three years. Line15-1 Well, not quite yet. Further research on the effects of the cream will be available within the next three years. And while early research indicates that the cream will not be able to prevent hereditary baldness, signs are pointing to it having the chance to bring relief to the millions of people who suffer from alopecia areata. “We are always interested to learn of medical research into other conditions that could have benefits for people with alopecia areata.” says Dr. Saudemont. What do you think? Is three years worth the wait?    



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