[MOL] Gel may protect hair losss from chemo [00362] Medicine On Line

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[MOL] Gel may protect hair losss from chemo

Good Morning All,

Thought this might be of some use.

 *** Gel may protect hair from chemo

*** Gel may protect hair from chemo

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An ointment under development appears to prevent
chemotherapy from making hair fall out, a distressing side effect of
cancer treatment. The clear gel has been tested only on lab rats, but
developers said its effects are dramatic. "We noticed a marked
protection of the hair," said Stephen T. Davis. "It was just
stunning." Davis, a scientist at Glaxo Wellcome, said the company
hopes to test the ointment on people, though he could not predict
when that will happen. Cancer cells grow faster than normal tissue.
Chemotherapy works by killing cells that are rapidly dividing. An
unintended side effect is damage to the hair follicles, which also
divide more quickly than other parts of the body.

God Bless All,
marty auslander
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