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In the News - Brazil Senate President Used Air Force Jet for Hair Transplant Travel

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Renan CalheirosThe president of Brazil’s senate, Renan Calheiros, will repay the cost of using an air force jet for a trip during which he reportedly had a hair transplant, his spokesman said Tuesday.

“The president is to repay the costs of this flight. He is waiting for the air force to calculate the bill before doing so,” he said. “I don’t know if the president has had a hair transplant.”

The Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper had reported that Calheiros had flown 1,980 kilometers (1,230 miles) from Brasilia to Recife to have 10,000 hairs implanted while purportedly on a business trip.

Read the rest — Brazil senate chief to repay ‘hair transplant’ flight

Corruption in politics? Unheard of!


Not Hair Loss News - New Tool to Determine Risk of Prostate Cancer Overdiagnosis

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Studies have found that prostate cancer is over-diagnosed in up to 42 percent of cases, prompting men to receive unnecessary treatment that can cause devastating side effects, including impotence and incontinence.

Now, researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington have developed a personalized tool that can predict the likelihood of prostate cancer over-diagnosis. They announced their findings this week in the online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

An over-diagnosed cancer is defined as one that would never cause symptoms or pose a risk to the patient, therefore not require treatment. Treatment of such cancers provides no benefit and can only cause harm. The researchers created a nomogram, a graphical calculating device, that incorporates a patient’s age, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level and Gleason score — which grades prostate cancer tissue based on how it looks under a microscope — to determine the likelihood that screening-detected prostate cancer has been over-diagnosed.

Read the rest — Researchers Develop Tool to Determine Individual Risk of Prostate Cancer Overdiagnosis


Measuring Density with HairCheck

Dr. Rassman

Thanks for all the information on your blog. Im 29 years old male with thick head of hair but was wondering about the Haircheck device. My dermatologist that I see every year looks and examines my hair and says its good with no signs of male pattern baldness or thinning. He told me that everyone has different hair patterns. Sometimes your hair transition from the front different which I have a frontal hair whorl which makes my hair go different directions.

You are always talking about the Haircheck device to get your bulk test done. I was wondering what is considered normal hair density for your hair not to be considered hair loss or thinning (male pattern baldness)? Is it 5% or 8% or below that? I now that you have to measure the back donor hair to get a good reading for the rest of the hair. Every video I’ve also seen of the Haircheck device they tell you to measure in the middle of the hair and the video shows it too. If you measure it from the hairline would your hair density be a little different than back even without male pattern baldness? If you do have 10% percent difference in the front or hairline than the donor hair in the back does that mean you’ll definitely be bald there or thin out there or could it stay like that the rest of your life possibly?

Thanks for your time and hope to hear back from you soon! Sorry if too long! Have a good Holiday!

Hair loss can be a very subjective thing. Measuring how much you are losing or gaining over a period time can be an issue if you do not have an objective metric. Using pictures with constant lighting may be good, but even with the same haircut and same hair style, subtle changes in angle and light can make your hair look better or worse. Thus using photos are a very subjective assessment.

We try our best to be objective by putting a value / number to things we can measure. We use miniaturization studies to give a general understanding of what is going on visually at the microscopic level, as the more miniaturized hairs you have, the more active your balding process is. Perhaps one day there will be a machine to count every single hair on your scalp with an analysis of the miniaturized hairs to good, healthy hairs

We also use the bulk measurement studies to estimate the bulk of hair at different parts of the head in a given fixed area. But all these tests have their issues and limitations. Bulk measurements can be inaccurate if you have gel or other products in your hair, giving a false high value. They also cannot be done if your hair is too short, as we can’t “grab” a portion of your hairs to fit in the caliper.

We do not measure the hairline necessarily, because we use microscopic assessment in the leading edge of a hairline. The HairCheck instrument usually measures an area behind the hairline. If you really want to measure the receding hairline, just get a tape measure and mark out the relative distance from a fixed point (such as your eyebrow or tip of your nose). Bulk tests are mainly used to compare the donor (back) hair against areas on the top and front of your scalp.
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Not Hair Loss News - BPA Exposure Linked to Prostate Cancer

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BottleFetal exposure to a commonly used plasticizer found in products such as water bottles, soup can liners and paper receipts can increase the risk for prostate cancer later in life, according to a study from the University of Illinois at Chicago published Jan. 7 online in the journal Endocrinology.

Bisphenol A, or BPA, is widely used to soften plastics. Steering clear of the chemical is nearly impossible, says Gail Prins, professor of physiology at UIC and lead author of the paper.

“Previous studies have shown that people who avoided all contact with plastics or other BPA-containing objects for up to a month or more still had BPA in their urine, which means they must have come into contact with BPA in the last 24 to 48 hours, since it clears the body rather quickly,” said Prins, who is director of the UIC andrology laboratory. “It’s very hard to avoid.”

Read the rest — BPA Increases Risk of Cancer in Human Prostate Tissue, Study Shows


Not Hair Loss News - Cancer Death Rates Drop 20 Percent in 20 Years

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Cancer death rates in the U.S. have dropped 20 percent in the past two decades, thanks largely to less smoking, increased prevention and better detection, a new report finds.

The rates have fallen dramatically in some areas — plunging 50 percent for middle-aged black men, for instance — while barely budging for elderly white women. And disease experts say there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

“Contained within this data are areas of remarkable progress and areas that remain frustrating,” said Dr. Clifford A. Hudis, president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and a chief expert in breast cancer at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

An estimated 1.7 million new cancer cases are projected for 2014, including some 586,000 deaths, according to the new report from the American Cancer Society. And cancer remains the second-most common cause of death in the U.S., behind heart disease.

Read the rest — Slow but steady: Cancer death rates drop 20 percent in two decades


Happy New Year

We’re off today and tomorrow, but we’ll be back on Thursday.

Happy New Year


Not Hair Loss News - Multivitamins Provide No Benefits for Heart Disease or Cancer

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There’s more disappointing news about multivitamins: Two major studies found popping the pills didn’t protect aging men’s brains or help heart attack survivors.

Millions of Americans spend billions of dollars on vitamin combinations, presumably to boost their health and fill gaps in their diets. But while people who don’t eat enough of certain nutrients may be urged to get them in pill form, the government doesn’t recommend routine vitamin supplementation as a way to prevent chronic diseases.

The studies released Monday are the latest to test if multivitamins might go that extra step and concluded they don’t.

Read the rest — Multivitamin study: No benefits for heart disease, cancer or heart attack

What the article reflects is the benefits directly to a multi-billion dollar industry (vitamins), with what is apparently little value received in return.


Happy Holidays!

It’s the holiday season, so we’re not going to post today or tomorrow like we would normally do. We’ll be back on Thursday!


In the News - Are Bald Men More Virile?

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“The suggestion that bald men are more virile than their well-thatched contemporaries is probably an old wives’ tale, but it must be conceded that old wives are likely to be unusually authoritative in this matter.”

So said the esteemed British dermatologist John Burton back in 1979 when the topic was first explored in the medical literature. Burton was notably balding at this time.

Since the time of Hippocrates it has been known that eunuchs do not go bald. This link between masculinity and baldness was confirmed by the anthropologist James Hamilton in the 1940s when he studied the hair patterns of prison inmates in the United States. He was particularly interested in the sex offenders who had been castrated by the authorities as part of their sentence.

Read the rest — Are bald men more virile?

So are bald men more virile? Spoiler alert — The answer is “no”.


In the News - Australian Hair Transplant Clinic May Have Given Patients HIV

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Health authorities in Sydney are investigating whether patients of a hair replacement clinic have contracted hepatitis or HIV.

The Health Department says there’s evidence the clinic wasn’t properly sterilising equipment. But they haven’t been able to contact former patients because the department believes records have been stolen.

The Health Department says the risk of infection is low but numbers involved could be in the hundreds.

Read the rest — Hair replacement clinic may have given patients hepatitis or HIV

They are issuing alerts to patients of Dr Angela Campbell’s clinic that would have had a hair transplant between December 2010 and February 2013. The patient records went missing, so they don’t have any way of finding the patients to inform them.