Dawn Davis, Dermatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester. Then the story does not address any limitations of the referenced studies, that were conducted by the helmet manufacturer Theradome, as stated on its website.
We also couldn’t find any other studies on the Internet supporting Theradome’s claims.
Let me ask you something. Was Theradome being compared to any other treatment or a placebo? Remember, what was the sample size? It’s difficult to point out what these limitations actually are, since these studies are not made public.
It falls short in a couple of important areas and is only marginally satisfactory in others, while the story does a fair job of addressing our criteria and includes reasonable comments from an independent expert.
It won’t provide any critical analysis of the claim that 97 of study participants benefitedfrom use of the product.
Story also oversells the novelty of the device, and doesn’t mention a few more established approaches that might be helpful for treating hair loss. We may delete any comment left by someone who does not leave their name and a legitimate email address. We ask that all commenters leave their full name and provide an actual email address if we feel we need to contact them. There was a recent burst of attention to troubles with many comments left on science and science news/communication websites. Usually, read Online science comments. Authors of the Retraction Watch comments policy Were also concerned about anonymous comments.
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We will also end any thread of repetitive comments. Although, some individuals, especially women, experience low ‘selfesteem’ with hair loss. Causes of hair loss are numerous, and not all treatments work for all people. Thus, a hair loss treatment that is safe, easy to use, and relatively cheap could prove to be a valuable option. As a result, conforming to the American Academy of Dermatology, millions of people experience hair loss. I know that the story quotes Dr. Hamid’s timeline is likely to be off. Oftentimes like brushes, the story does note that look, there’re other laser products that consumers could use, combs and similar ‘hand held’ devices.
Therefore a competing laser comb that treats hair loss was cleared for sale by the FDA in 2007, and there’re references to lasers promoting hair growth in the literature at least as far back as This suggests that any discovery about this application for lasers occurred well before 2009 and wasn’t unique to Hamid.
Hamid suggesting that he was part of a group that discovered the fact that lasers can regrow hair around He says his discovery was depending on animal research that had been lying dormant since the 1960s. Then the impression the story gives that Hamid was the first to harness this technology for the treatment of human hair loss isn’t accurate. Essentially, it notes that since consumers don’t actually need to hold it up to their scalps, theradome is the first of its kind to be wearable in line with Schweiger. As noted, and product pitches gonna be deleted.
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FDA clearance means only that thedevice is deemed substantially equivalent to a device that is already legally marketed for really similar use.
Stating that the device is cleared by the FDA will likely mislead many readers into thinking that the agency has vetted the company’s claims of efficacy. Known it doesn’t provide any assurance that the product works. It doesn’t specify where consumers could obtain this laser helmet, the story states that Theradome is cleared by the FDA and lists a price of $ This conveys the impression that the product is available.
Therefore this story describes a fairly new laser device that is said to promote hair growth.
This may make it more likely that those with hair loss will continue using the device.
So it is the first of its kind to be wearable, other laser products for this purpose exist. Then, a single sentence in the Fox News story quantifying benefits is this line. On p of that, 97 subjects percent saw positive results after 26 weeks of treatment and they reported a 20 percent increase in hair growth, as indicated by the Theradome website. Results may vary from person to person. Manufacturer does state the following in its FAQs, we couldn’t find any discussion of these specific claims on the Theradome website. Slows down and minimizes hair loss. Normally, in its What to Expect? In our clinical studies ALL participants benefited from the Theradome and experienced one or more of the following. Theradome says. You see, grows new, healthy hair. Doubles the follicle size of existing hair. We couldn’t find any published studies supporting these claims.
I’d say if the helmet does indeed awful.
We’ll give the benefit of the doubt to the story for at least nodding in the direction of alternatives, while so that’s hardly a complete accounting of the legitimate alternatives to Theradome or laser devices. She also mentions steroid injections, and the story references conventional baldness remedies in passing without identifying what those remedies are. Actually, as indicated by the American Academy of Dermatology scalp reduction, treatments for hair loss include medications like minoxidil, scalp expansion, and scalp flaps.