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Researcher has 'baldness calculator'

Aug. 12, 2011 at 12:31 PM

BIELEFELD, Germany, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A German hair loss specialist said his online calculator can help men predict the approximate age when they will go bald.

Dr. Adolf Klenk of the Alpecin research institute in Bielefeld said the baldness calculator uses a series of questions answered by users to calculate approximately when they will go bald, Sky News reported Friday.

The Web site also features a tool for men to upload pictures of themselves to see what they would look like with a bald head.

"It's not a disease so there isn't a cure," Alpecin spokesman Rick Guttridge said. "But what you can do is treat the condition, with medications to boost your hair."

"What we have discovered is testosterone has a negative effect on hair loss ... the testosterone makes the energy in each hair follicle run out sooner, so the more testosterone a person has the sooner they will burn out of their energy and the hair will drop out sooner," the spokesman said.

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