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Are You Going to Use Finasteride for Hair Loss? Read This First

Sold in the market under the brand names Propecia and Proscar, finasteride is a medication that is intended to treat people who are suffering from hair loss.  In the early days, finasteride was just like other medications that were originally used to treat benign prostatic hypertrophy and prostate cancer. It turns out that patients who took finasteride for their prostate-related issues had experienced great results with it, along with a surprising bonus, and that is, the growth of hair.

Finasteride actually works by means of inhibiting or stopping type II 5-alpha reductase, the enzyme responsible for converting the hormone testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT).  DHT, in turn, is the one responsible for losing one’s hair, resulting to baldness if not remedied.  Thus, simply put, the action of finasteride is to prevent the conversion of testosterone into DHT, and the end result would be the prevention of hair loss. This “favorable side effect” of preventing hair loss and promoting growth of new hair by finasteride is what made it famous in the pharmaceutical world, not by its primary use which is for treating benign prostatic hypertrophy and other prostate-related ailments. Read more…

Jeffrey Turnbull to be acclaimed CMA president-elect

The deadline has come and gone for a challenge to be mounted against Ottawa physician Jeffrey Turnbull's nomination to be the Canadian Medical Association's next president.

Under CMA election rules, a member could have chosen to mount a challenge from the floor of the General Council assembly. No challenges have been attempted since Dr Jack Burak attempted but failed to defeat BC nominee Dr Brian Day in 2006.

Dr Turnbull is an internist and chief of staff at the Ottawa Hospital. He has been the medical director of the Ottawa Inner City Health Project, which provides not only medical care but also doses of alcohol, to homeless men in the city.

The campaign Dr Turnbull ran for the presidential nomination made clear that his politics differs from those of Drs Brian Day and Robert Ouellet, who have both urged loosening restrictions on private healthcare funding in the Canada Health Act.

You can read more about Dr Turnbull and his nomination in this Canadian Medicine piece from March.

Dr Turnbull will serve as the organization's president for one year, beginning next August, after Saskatoon FP Anne Doig's term ends.

Photo: Dr Jeffrey Turnbull

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