Tuesday, March 28, 2023


Nashville mourns six dead in the latest mass shooting, the EPA takes public input on a proposal to clean up Pennsylvania's drinking water, and find ways to get more Zzz's during Sleep Awareness Month.


A shooting leaves six dead at a school in Nashville, the White House commends Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to pause judicial reform, and mayors question the reach of state and federal authorities over local decisions.


Finding childcare is a struggle everywhere, prompting North Carolina's Transylvania County to try a new approach. Maine is slowly building-out broadband access, but disagreements remain over whether local versus national companies should get the contracts, and specialty apps like "Farmers Dating" help those in small communities connect online.

UW Researcher’s Study May Prevent Hair Loss During Chemo


Monday, July 28, 2014   

MADISON, Wis. – A new University of Wisconsin-Madison study offers great hope for saving the hair follicles of patients undergoing chemotherapy.

A new kind of vasoconstrictor – a drug that narrows blood vessels – could be the key.

Hair loss, or alopecia, is one of the most dreaded side effects of chemotherapy, according to William Fahl, a cancer researcher at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, part of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

"Alopecia was ranked number two,” he says. “The only one worse than that was, essentially, having to explain to your partner that you could possibly die from this.

“A second report showed that up to 8 percent of women were willing to forgo chemotherapy, simply to avoid losing their hair."

Fahl explains chemotherapy drugs attack rapidly dividing cancer cells, but they also attack healthy hair follicle cells, which are some of the fastest-dividing cells in the body.

He says a simple, topical application of the new vasoconstrictor researchers are working on can save hair follicles.

And what led to the discovery?

"It was equal parts hard work and screening and looking for an answer, and equal parts serendipity and just chance, which isn't uncommon in discovery," Fahl explains.

Fahl says in the UW cancer clinic, the single largest poster on the first floor shows women what they're going to look like after chemotherapy so they can emotionally prepare themselves.

So, in his words, preventing hair loss is a big deal.

According to Fahl, the study has many implications.

"We want to focus our energies on improving the quality of life by preventing these side effects,” he stresses, “and also decreasing the cost of cancer care, likewise, by reducing these side effects."

He says the next step toward bringing the new product to market is more clinical trials, which is a matter of finding the money to fund the trials.

get more stories like this via email

The Los Angeles City Council recently voted to allow the Department of Water and Power to convert Scattergood Power Plant near Playa del Rey to burn a blend of hydrogen gas and natural gas, something environmental groups say would create air pollution. (Facewizard/Wikimedia Commons)


Environmental groups are seeking greater input as California puts the finishing touches on its application to become a hub for hydrogen fuel productio…

Social Issues

This month marks 160 years since the first Medal of Honor was awarded by President Abraham Lincoln. More than a dozen of the 65 recipients alive …

Social Issues

160 years ago, Civil War soldiers were awarded the first Medals of Honor. Now, a Medal of Honor Monument will soon be built on the National Mall in …

A 2021 Congressional report said tens of thousands of COVID-19 infections, as well as hundreds of worker deaths, were traced to meatpacking plants in the United States at the onset of the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

The meat processing industry continues to face scrutiny over labor practices in states like Minnesota. Proposed legislation would update a 2007 law…

Social Issues

New findings suggest health effects stemming from child maltreatment can be passed on to the next generation. In South Dakota, leaders in early-…

The average annual pay for a fast-food worker in the U.S. is $27,040 a year, or approximately $13.00 an hour, according to ZipRecruiter. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Mexican fast-food chain Chipotle will pay workers at its former location in Augusta, Maine as part of a settlement over labor law violations…


One Arizona mayor is among the more than 2,800 elected city officials in Washington, D.C., this week for The National League of Cities' Congressional …


Congress is considering three bills that would sidestep the Endangered Species Act to de-list the Northern Continental Divide and Yellowstone grizzly …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021