The Reading / Listening - Baldness - Level 5

Help may be near for people who are losing or have lost their hair. Japanese scientists have found stem cells that are vital for hair regeneration. This is welcome news for the millions of people worldwide who suffer from baldness. Scientists have been working on a cure for decades. The Japanese scientists are now doing clinical research and laboratory tests. They hope to adapt the stem cells to create a therapy for hair loss. Baldness mainly affects men. By the age of 35, around two-thirds of men will experience hair loss. By the age of 50, up to 85 per cent will have thinning hair.



The scientists took fur cells from mice and cultured them in the lab. They saw that hair growth is cyclical within the follicle. The scientists used 220 combinations of chemicals to make the hair regrow naturally. The lead scientist said his system creates the cyclical regeneration of hair follicles from stem cells. He said it would, "help make hair follicle regeneration therapy a reality in the near future". He added: "Losing hair is not life-threatening, but it adversely affects the quality of life." One bald man said: "Having a full head of hair again will make me look ten years younger".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Baldness - Level 4 or  Baldness - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/02/14/national/hair-loss-researchers/
  • https://bgr.com/2021/02/13/baldness-cure-stem-cell-hair-growth-riken-study/
  • https://interestingengineering.com/a-cure-for-baldness-may-lie-in-engineering-stem-cells-that-regenerate


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. vital for hair
  2. suffer from
  3. working on a cure
  4. scientists are now doing clinical
  5. adapt the stem cells to
  6. Baldness mainly
  7. two-thirds of men will
  8. 85 per cent will have thinning
  1. affects men
  2. regeneration
  3. hair
  4. for decades
  5. experience hair loss
  6. baldness
  7. create a therapy
  8. research

Paragraph 2

  1. The scientists took fur
  2. hair growth is
  3. 220 combinations
  4. a reality in
  5. Losing hair is not life-
  6. adversely affects the quality
  7. Having a full
  8. make me look
  1. of life
  2. of chemicals
  3. ten years younger
  4. cells from mice
  5. cyclical
  6. head of hair
  7. the near future
  8. threatening

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Help may (1) ___________________ people who are losing or have lost their hair. Japanese scientists have found stem cells that are (2) ___________________ regeneration. This is welcome news for the millions of people worldwide (3) ___________________ baldness. Scientists have been working on a (4) ___________________. The Japanese scientists are now doing clinical research and laboratory tests. They hope to adapt the stem cells to (5) ___________________ for hair loss. Baldness mainly affects men. By the age of 35, around two-thirds of men will experience hair loss. By the age of 50, up to 85 per cent will (6) ___________________.

The scientists took (7) ___________________ mice and cultured them in the lab. They saw that (8) ___________________ cyclical within the follicle. The scientists used 220 combinations of chemicals to make the (9) ___________________. The lead scientist said his system creates the cyclical regeneration of hair follicles from stem cells. He said it would, "help make hair follicle regeneration therapy a reality in (10) ___________________". He added: "Losing hair is not life-threatening, (11) ___________________ affects the quality of life." One bald man said: "Having a (12) ___________________ hair again will make me look ten years younger".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Helpmaybenearforpeoplewhoarelosingorhavelosttheirhair.Japanes
escientistshavefoundstemcellsthatarevitalforhairregeneration.Thisi
swelcomenewsforthemillionsofpeopleworldwidewhosufferfrombald
ness.Scientistshavebeenworkingonacurefordecades.TheJapaneses
cientistsarenowdoingclinicalresearchandlaboratorytests.Theyhopet
oadaptthestemcellstocreateatherapyforhairloss.Baldnessmainlyaff
ectsmen.Bytheageof35,aroundtwo-thirdsofmenwillexperiencehai
rloss.Bytheageof50,upto85percentwillhavethinninghair.Thescientis
tstookfurcellsfrommiceandculturedtheminthelab.Theysawthathairg
rowthiscyclicalwithinthefollicle.Thescientistsused220combinations
ofchemicalstomakethehairregrownaturally.Theleadscientistsaidhis
systemcreatesthecyclicalregenerationofhairfolliclesfromstemcells.
Hesaiditwould,"helpmakehairfollicleregenerationtherapyarealityint
henearfuture".Headded:"Losinghairisnotlife-threatening,butitad
verselyaffectsthequalityoflife."Onebaldmansaid:"Havingafullheado
fhairagainwillmakemelooktenyearsyounger".

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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Free writing

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Answers

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