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jfn9
12-11-2012, 07:34 PM
Hello,

I'm a 25-year old male with an early stage of male pattern baldness, i.e. my hair is thinning around the crown and on the top of my head. Given it is still early I thought HairMax may be used to help keep hair follicles alive and possibly delay/halt the progression (overly optimistic?), however I can't seem to find actual published studies (independent peer-reviewed articles) that would support the claims made on the HairMax website. I'm looking for full texts, not just abstracts. A search for "hairmax" on PubMed (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/) only returns 3 results with only this article seemingly relevant:
HairMax LaserComb laser phototherapy device in the treatment of male androgenetic alopecia: A randomized, double-blind, sham device-controlled, multicentre trial.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19366270

It is claimed here that:

RESULTS:
Of the 110 patients who completed the study, subjects in the HairMax LaserComb treatment group exhibited a significantly greater increase in mean terminal hair density than subjects in the sham device group (p < 0.0001).

but no quantitative data is provided. What does "significantly greater" mean in terms of numbers? From a purely scientific standpoint, the abstract is unfortunately too vague. Also, why is it not possible to find the full text of this study - may I ask for links and further information to be provided to obtain the entire study?

Also, are there other published studies available besides this one? If so (which I would expect, given that the HairMax website claims the product is "clinically proven"), could they please be referenced (titles, authors, dates and journals they appeared in) and full data made available?


Thank you in advance for your time,
J.

LAS
12-12-2012, 08:34 AM
Hi jfn9 -

Thank you for your post.

The clinical paper you found is the only one in which results were published in a peer review journal. Due to copyright laws, we cannot provide a complete copy of the clinical paper on this web site, so the abstract is the only source which is publicly available.

The term "statistically greater" means that the results reached a high level of significance as far as efficacy over the sham device. In order words, the study proved that the HairMax was effective in regrowing hair.

There are no other published study results at this time, although researchers of the recent 4 clinical studies proving efficacy in both men and women are writing a clinical paper which should be submitted in the near future to a peer review journal for publication.

LAS

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