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If you've seen our picture on this show's web site, you know both Dave and I are folicularly challenged.

That means we're losing our hair. Of course I have more hair than Norbert.

That may be true Dave, but I'm still better looking.

Yea, right. The most common type of hairloss is male pattern baldness. It starts with a receding hairline and thinning on the crown. Eventually the remaining hair recedes and forms an "M"-pattern on top of the head. That eventually gives way to a horseshoe pattern with hair around the sides but none on top. So, why do so many men go bald?

We know it's the result of a problem with your follicles. Each hair originates from a follicle and grows for 2 to 6 years. It falls out and another hair grows in its place.

But for a lot of men, their follicles begin to shrink. As they get smaller, the hair becomes finer and shorter until the follicle is so small it stops producing hair. We blame this problem on hormones and genes.

The best publicized cause is an over-responsiveness to DHT, or dihydrotestosterone. DHT is made from testosterone, the male sex hormone and promotes hair loss in three ways:

First - it shortens hair growth time. Second - DHT causes the follicle to shrink prematurely. And lastly DHT may restrict blood flow - and nutrients - to the follicles.

Treatment options include hair weaves, toupees and of course, the classic comb over, which really fools no one. For some men, Minoxidil and Finasteride may slow hair loss and induce regrowth but once you stop, hair loss returns.

A permanent but expensive option is hair transplants. But for us Norbert - I think the cheapest and safest option is to never update the picture of us on our website.

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MedlinePlus is a valuable resource for medical information put together by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news. They offer an excellent explanation of the causes and treatments for baldness.
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An excellent article published in the American Family Physician provides an excellent background and a great deal of information about the drugs that are currently used to treat baldness. The site also has a link to information about male pattern baldness written by the same authors.
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The University of Michigan Health System provides a variety of health information for consumers including a page with the basics about hairloss for men and women.
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