The Reading / Listening - Baldness Cure - Level 5

Scientists believe they are close to a cure for baldness. This is welcome news for millions of bald or balding people worldwide. Researchers in California have been working on developing stem cells that can regenerate hair growth. Their implant technique has been successful in developing fresh growth in a way that copies natural hair reproduction. A researcher said the research overcomes key challenges. He said: "Now we have a robust, highly controlled method for generating natural-looking hair that grows through the skin using an unlimited source of human stem cells."



Baldness affects about half of all men by the age of 50. Hair replacement products and hair transplants are a multi-billion-dollar global industry. Transplant surgery can cost up to $50,000. The process of hair loss usually starts in men in their early twenties or thirties. This can lead to anxiety and a loss of self-confidence. Many men worry about receding hairlines, bald spots and baldness. Baldness is also a problem for women. Many women have thinning hair later in their life. A doctor said hair loss greatly affected people's lives.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Baldness Cure - Level 4 or  Baldness Cure - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/baldness-stem-cell-hair-loss-breakthrough-alopecia-california-a8979066.html
  • https://news.yahoo.com/a-cure-for-baldness-could-be-coming-085830370.html
  • https://news.sky.com/story/baldness-cure-breakthrough-discovered-by-scientists-11750594


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. This is welcome
  2. cells that can
  3. successful in developing
  4. a way that copies natural hair
  5. the research overcomes
  6. we have a robust, highly
  7. generating natural-
  8. an unlimited source
  1. looking hair
  2. fresh growth
  3. key challenges
  4. of human stem cells
  5. news for millions
  6. reproduction
  7. regenerate hair growth
  8. controlled method

Paragraph 2

  1. Hair replacement products
  2. a multi-billion-dollar
  3. men in their
  4. anxiety and a loss of
  5. receding hairlines, bald
  6. Baldness is also
  7. women have thinning
  8. hair loss greatly affected
  1. hair later in their life
  2. and hair transplants
  3. spots and baldness
  4. people's lives
  5. early twenties
  6. global industry
  7. a problem for women
  8. self-confidence

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists believe they are close (1) ___________________ for baldness. This is welcome news for millions (2) ___________________ balding people worldwide. Researchers in California have been working on developing stem cells that (3) ___________________ growth. Their implant technique has been successful in developing fresh growth in a (4) ___________________ natural hair reproduction. A researcher said the research overcomes key challenges. He said: "Now we (5) ___________________, highly controlled method for generating natural-looking hair that grows through the skin using an unlimited (6) ___________________ stem cells."

Baldness affects about half of all men (7) ___________________ of 50. Hair replacement products and hair transplants are a multi-billion-dollar global industry. Transplant surgery (8) ___________________ to $50,000. The process of hair loss usually starts in men (9) ___________________ twenties or thirties. This can lead (10) ___________________ a loss of self-confidence. Many men worry about receding hairlines, (11) ___________________ baldness. Baldness is also a problem for women. Many women have thinning hair later in their life. A doctor said hair (12) ___________________ people's lives.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistsbelievetheyareclosetoacureforbaldness.Thisiswelcomene
wsformillionsofbaldorbaldingpeopleworldwide.ResearchersinCalifor
niahavebeenworkingondevelopingstemcellsthatcanregeneratehair
growth.Theirimplanttechniquehasbeensuccessfulindevelopingfresh
growthinawaythatcopiesnaturalhairreproduction.Aresearchersaidt
heresearchovercomeskeychallenges.Hesaid:"Nowwehavearobust,
highlycontrolledmethodforgeneratingnatural-lookinghairthatgro
wsthroughtheskinusinganunlimitedsourceofhumanstemcells."Bald
nessaffectsabouthalfofallmenbytheageof50.Hairreplacementprodu
ctsandhairtransplantsareamulti-billion-dollarglobalindustry.Trans
plantsurgerycancostupto$50,000.Theprocessofhairlossusuallystart
sinmenintheirearlytwentiesorthirties.Thiscanleadtoanxietyandalos
sofself-confidence.Manymenworryaboutrecedinghairlines,baldspot
sandbaldness.Baldnessisalsoaproblemforwomen.Manywomenhave
thinninghairlaterintheirlife.Adoctorsaidhairlossgreatlyaffectedpeopl
e'slives.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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