Scientists find going bald really screws you up

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Just got this very enlightening email

I never knew that

19.03.10 The Bald Facts: The Psychological Aspects of Hair Loss

A survey commissioned by Hair Restoration Group DHI Global Medical found that 41% of those suffering from hair loss, felt “psychologically disturbed”. Nearly half of those interviewed felt a full head of hair was important for aesthetic reasons, with 11% stating that hair plays a role in attracting the opposite sex. A third of hair loss sufferers even said they would give up sex if it meant they would get their hair back! The majority of those interviewed felt that hair restoration would improve their quality of life and be a good investment in their personal life and career!

Results also showed that an amazing 64% of their patients experienced hair loss before their 25th birthday, with 6% having hair loss problems between 16-20 years old proving that it’s not just men in the 40s who suffer from baldness! However, 60% of men do have a chance of losing their hair, but nearly 50% of women will also be affected by permanent hair loss, while only 20% of women will completely escape hair loss or thinning during their lifetime.

Hair Loss Facts – Did You Know?

Did you know that hair is the fastest growing tissue in the human body? The average person has approximately 100,000 scalp hairs and inside each follicle grows one to four hairs! On average we lose 100 to 150 hairs daily and new hair continues to grow as long as the follicles remain healthy and intact. Hair will grow at a rate of about half an inch – 9 millimetres – every month and the maximum length hair can grow to is about 25 inches, about 0.7 metres.

So, what causes hair loss?

* Scalp bacteria
* Stress
* Poor nutrition
* Genetic baldness (men and women)
* Hormonal imbalance

DHI Global Medical Group Founder, Mr K.P. Giotis has been exclusively engaged in the field of hair restoration since 1970 and is a pioneer in the treatment of hair loss. In 2002 DHI Medical Group was one of the major innovators in Follicular Unit Extraction. After years of refinement, DHI replaced FUE in 2004 with the DHI No Touch Technique™, a pioneering treatment for hair loss with no pain, no stress, no scars and no scalpels.

Quote from Mr K.P. Giotis:

“Hair loss can cause a huge amount of psychological distress for men and women across the UK. It can affect an individual’s social and professional confidence which can have a direct result on their quality of life. This need not be the case when effective hair restoration techniques are readily available. ”

Mr Giotis is a member of the American Society of Cosmetic Surgery, the founder of The International Hair Society (IHS) and has spoken at numerous medical and non-medical Forums. Mr Giotis has published papers in The Hair Transplant Forum and other respected medical journals and holds several patents on its hair implanter and method by leading an international team in the Research and Development field of ‘hair multiplication’ and ‘body hair transplantation’.

Mr K.P. Giotis or one of the team at DHI Global Medical Group will be available for interview to discuss the psychological aspects of hair loss.

Online publishers pessimistic about growth, but there are reasons to be cheerful

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There’s a good article at Paid Content http://paidcontent.co.uk/article/419-pessimistic-publishers-expect-even-slowe… on why publishers are expecting slow growth this year. As Rob Andrews points out

‘Online publishers – who have always had reason to be bullish because their medium offers advertisers more bang-for-buck – have lost their confidence as the ad downturn has flattened their perpetual up-curve.’

There are three fundamental reasons for this

1 CPMs (the money ad companies pay per 1000 views of a website page) have collapsed and show no signs of returning to the place they were three years ago.

2 While website traffic to UK sites is up considerably a lot of has been sparked by growth outside of the UK. Many publishing companies monetise US traffic (albeit at much lower rates than they do in the UK) but have no real sales in places like India, Russia and South America.

3 Video content doesn’t make any money unless you are an established broadcaster. CPM rates on video are ridiculously low and publishers have been well and truly burned. Some developed video content in the hope that they could attract sponsorship and apart from a few high profile deals that hasn’t happenned.

While this isn’t great news for the bigger players there are a few reason for smaller online companies to feel optimistic.

1 Brand advertising is back – Shiny’s fashion and tech sites and the sites of our rivals are attracting the kind of quality brand ads that simply weren’t around last year.

2 CPMs are creeping back up – Ok, so not to the levels of 2007, but brands are once again realising the importance of indie new media sites and are starting to pay to be associated with them

3 Other types of advertising are thriving – Not just take-overs (where the brand takes all the ad positions on a site) and other newish ad formats. Text Links, sponsored sections and paid for competitions are all starting to generate serious income for smaller publishers.

4 Adsense is holding steady – Google Adsense, the main revenue source of a lot of smaller companies, is doing OK thanks. And the fact that Google can monetise ad inventory across the globe is giving the format a mini renaissance.

It is of course much harder for mainstream media companies who are working with much larger cost bases and consequently have much greater revenue requirements.

However with the less competition for eyeballs (the introduction of paywalls, the BBC news site being cut back and more generous with its links) and new opportunities (the growth of tablet PC and smartphones) many mainstream sites should see an increase in UK traffic. So maybe not all is as bleak as it appears

Quick quiz – Who said I’d rather beg than send children to state school?

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Not some hard right nutter, but Oliver Letwin MP.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2003/oct/10/conservatives.schools

These days he is Chairman of the Conservative Research Department and a very significant influence on Tory policy

However history may remember him best as the architect of fellow old Etonian David Cameron’s leadership bid.

They don’t let him out too often for obvious reasons