Baldness 'cure' found; also used in cooking fast food french fries

Researchers have discovered that a chemical used to prepare some fried fast food treats may hold the key to curing baldness.

Scientists from the Yokohama National University found that oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane (PDMS) allowed hair follicle germs (HGMs) to regenerate and thus grow hair. They published their study on the science journal Biomaterials.

Coincidentally, the chemical PDMS gets used to cook McDonald's french fries. It keeps the cooking oil from foaming. PDMS also appears in lubricating substances and skin conditioning cosmetics

"We used oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane (PDMS) at the bottom of culture vessel, and it worked very well," said corresponding author professor Junji Fukuda.

He adds, "This simple method is very robust and promising. We hope that this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss such as androgenic alopecia," reports Science Daily.

However, the study did not explicitly link the increase of intake of McD's french fries to bringing back hair to balding heads.

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