Thursday, 9 May 2013

Fantastic News

Its been awhile since I last reported on any groundbreaking research. Today for those boaters amongst us of a certain age comes some fantastic news of a cure for grey hair. Now, this means that the ladies will save an absolute fortune at the hair salon and the men will save a few bob in Grecian 2000.
The Gruffalo says that my greying hair makes me look distinguished.  Well I think she said distinguished but thinking about it, she might have said extinguished.
It seems that scientists from Bradford University School of Life Sciences have discovered that people who are going grey develop "massive oxidative stress" caused by an accumulation of hydrogen peroxide in the hair follicle, which causes hair to bleach itself from the inside out. Now I know that most men who are going or have gone grey will tell you that it is caused by stress. It's a well known fact that amongst men used as a stress relieving tool by the ladies, that as a result we often go prematurely grey. In the very stressful cases we also exhibit a tendency to go bald.
The scientists have also discovered the accumulation of hydrogen peroxide can be remedied with a treatment based upon a modified pseudocatalase. The treatment can also be used for the skin condition vitiligo, which causes a loss of pigmentation. 

Professor Karin Schallreuter said: "To date, it is beyond any doubt that the sudden loss of the inherited skin and localised hair colour can affect those individuals in many fundamental ways. The improvement of quality of life after total and even partially successful repigmentation has been documented."
So for the men there is also a second benefit which has not been documented. For generations the numerous treatments which have been concocted to hide grey hair were stored in the bathroom cabinet. This may now free up a mans cabinet space allowance for more than a toothbrush, toothpaste and a wet razor. Gerald Weissman said "Developing an effective treatment for this condition has the potential to radically improve many people's lives."

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