Blood-Sucking "Vampire" Treatment May Cure Baldness
Seriously. We're not making this up
During the procedure, coined "the vampire treatment" by headline-hunting researchers, blood is taken from a patient's arm, then spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets, which are injected into bald spots on the head.
According to a study published in the "British Journal of Dermatology," platelet-rich plasma (PRP) may cure certain kinds of baldness. Doctors studied 45 patients with alopecia areata (spot baldness) over the course of 12 months, and found that monthly PRP treatments "significantly increased hair regrowth" compared to placebo or other treatments.
The treatment isn't available to the public yet. The research team concluded that PRP may be a safe, effective treatment option for patients who suffer from spot baldness, and the positive result "calls for more extensive controlled studies."
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