McDonald's fries can cure baldness, study finds

Published: February 9, 2018



McDonald’s ‘world famous fries’ may be the cure for more than just hunger. A Japanese stem cell research team may have found a way to eliminate baldness by using an ingredient in McDonald’s french fries, reported the New York Post.

The scientists from Yokohama National University discovered the chemical dimethylpolysiloxane, a silicone used in McDonald’s fry oil to prevent splashing, can be used to mass produce hair follicles on mice.



The “simple method” has proved widely successful in creating “hair follicle germs” (HFG), or cells that help grow hair follicles, according to the study.

The research team credits the use of dimethylpolysiloxane in the ground-breaking experiment that has resulted in thousands of simultaneous hair follicle germs.

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“The key for the mass production of HFGs was a choice of substrate materials for the culture vessel,” Professor Junji Fukuda said in the study. “We used oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane (PDMS) at the bottom of culture vessel, and it worked very well.”

Once the HGFs were transplanted into the backs of the mice, new black hairs began to sprout in those areas.



“This simple method is very robust and promising,” Fukuda said. “We hope this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss such as androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness). In fact, we have preliminary data that suggests human HFG formation using human keratinocytes and dermal papilla cells.”

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Haji Atiya
    Feb 9, 2018 - 11:44AM

    They didn’t mentioned that even the ketchup (lycopene) with the fries can work better to cure baldness. Of course, Nawaz Sharif knew this all along.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Feb 9, 2018 - 12:56PM

    Potato fries are bad for health even I know that much. Recommend

  • Voice of Pakistan
    Feb 9, 2018 - 1:17PM

    Never thought obesity could cure baldness Recommend

  • Concerned
    Feb 9, 2018 - 4:43PM

    Do we know that the same ingredient is being used here in Pakistan? And how in the world are more restaurants not using a ‘splash preventing chemical’ in their process.Recommend

  • Shakti
    Feb 10, 2018 - 6:24AM

    Just goes to show how many different chemicals are added to the humble fries at these fast-food chains ! Who knows what else lurks within?!Recommend

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