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29 July 2016

What causes dandruff?

What causes dandruff? Since the late nineteenth century, doctors have believed that a type of scalp-dwelling fungus is to blame. But now, researchers in China have demonstrated that the presence of dandruff is more closely linked to the excessive growth of so-called Staphylococcus bacteria than to fungal infections. Their discovery indicates that it’s the microbial balance on your head which is likely to determine whether or not you suffer from dandruff. It may also lead to more effective ways of treating the condition.

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