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Microneedle Patch Might Restore Hair Growth After Alopecia

Researchers have developed a novel way to promote hair growth in people who have the autoimmune disease alopecia areata.

It's a skin patch that delivers immune-system controllers through an array of tiny needles.

In alopecia, the body's own T-cells mistakenly attack hair follicles. The experimental treatment strategy uses a patch to deliver specialized cells called T-cell regulators...

Microneedle Patches Might Reverse a Form of Hair Loss

Early research in mice suggests a new path forward to restoring hair growth in people affected by a form of alopecia. 

Alopecia areata is an autommune disorder that affects an estimated 6 million Americans and has no cure, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. 

The condition causes immune system T-cells to attack hair follic...

Could Hair Loss Drug Finasteride Help Men's Hearts?

The common hair-loss drug in Propecia and Proscar might lower men's risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels, a new study suggests.

Finasteride is used to treat male pattern baldness, and it's also been shown effective in treating an enlarged prostate, researchers said in background notes.

But men who use finasteride also have substantially lower cholesterol levels, acco...

A New Treatment Option for a Form of Sudden Hair Loss

A new type of medication, JAK inhibitors, can effectively treat moderate to severe alopecia areata, a hair loss condition that has been historically hard to treat.

A study of its effectiveness, by Dr. Brett King and Dr. Brittany Craiglo...

What Is Male Pattern Baldness? Can Anything Be Done?

Have you seen more hair in the shower or on the bathroom floor than usual?

Grab a mirror and take a look at your head. If it looks like you're “going bald,” you may have androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness).

According to the Cl...

Sometimes Hair Loss in Women Can Point to Bigger Health Issues

Hair loss can be devastating for women, but the condition can also signal additional health problems.

An American Academy of Dermatology expert offers information about the types of hair loss seen in women with darker skin tones, common types of medical conditions associated with hair loss and treatment options.

“Research shows that women who experience hair loss can also have oth...

The Naked Ape: Science Unravels How Humans Lost Their Body Hair

In the mammalian world, there are the hairy, the less hairy and the hairless. But why that is has remained a mystery.

Until now.

In a new study that compared the DNA of 62 animals, researchers found that while humans appear to have the genes for a full coat of body hair, evolution has disabled that DNA. The same thing has happened in mammals at least nine times, including in the anc...

Bald Men, Take Note: Scientists Grow Hair Follicles in the Lab

In what could be an advance against hair loss, researchers say they've successfully grown hair follicles in culture in the lab.

The Japanese research team created a system that produces fully mature hair follicles — the tube-like structure in which the root and strand of a hair grow — as well as hair as l...

Who'll Get Long COVID? Just a Look at a Patient Gives Clues

Sometimes just looking at a person can give clues to their likelihood of developing long COVID after a bout with the virus.

For example, obese people are five times more likely to suffer long COVID symptoms that persist at least three months after their infection clears, a major new U.S. s...

FDA Approves First Pill to Treat Severe Alopecia

The first pill to treat adults with severe alopecia was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday.

Olumiant (baricitinib) is the first FDA-approved alopecia therapy that treats the entire body rather than a specific spot, the agency said in a

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  • The Bald Facts on How Best to Fight Hair Loss in Men

    Nearly all men see their hairline recede or a bald spot emerge at some point in their life. For those looking to slow the march of time, a new study helps sort out which hair-loss medications work best.

    The analysis, of 23 previous studies, ranks the available hair-loss medications, from most effective to least.

    Experts said the list is helpful. The medications -- dutasteride, finas...

    Bald Truth: Mouse Study May Get at Roots of Hair Loss

    New research in mice may provide clues to age-related hair loss in men and women.

    Scientists found that as hair stem cells in mice age, they lose the stickiness that keeps them secured inside the hair follicle. This allows the stem cells to drift away from the follicle.

    "The result is fewer and fewer stem cells in the hair follicle to produce hair," said study lead author Rui Yi, a ...

    Gene Tied to Balding May Also Raise COVID Risks for Men

    It's long been known that COVID-19 is more fatal for men than women, and new research links some of that excess risk to a gene known to cause a form of hair loss in males.

    A U.S. team of researchers first suspected the link when they noticed that men with a common form of hormone-sensitive hair loss, known as androgenetic alopecia, were also more prone to being hospitalized with COVID-19....

    When Will You Go Gray? Your Race Matters

    Could the color of your hair as you age be determined by the color of your skin?

    Yes, according to new research that suggests race plays a role in when and how your hair goes gray.

    The scientists conducted a search of 69 publications to review what's known about changes in hair as people age, focusing on the differences according to ethnicity.

    They analyzed data on hair s...

    Losing Your Hair Because of Pandemic Stress?

    Add stress-related hair loss to the many problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

    "I've had patients coming in recently with stress-related hair loss, who tell me they were so worried about dying earlier this year or even that they had COVID-19. But they don't see the effects until three months later," said dermatologist Dr. Ohara Aivaz of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

    Could Propecia Up Young Men's Suicide Risk?

    Young men who consider using the drug Propecia to prevent baldness may be putting themselves at risk for depression and suicide, a new study suggests.

    Information from the World Health Organization indicates that over the past 10 years, reports of suicidal ideation among young men using the drug have increased, rising significantly after 2012, the researchers said.

    "There are many p...

    Could Baldness Become 'Optional'? New Research May Give Men Hope

    The best way to avoid baldness is to stop hair from falling out in the first place. Now, researchers say a new hair growth discovery might help men keep their locks for a lifetime.

    The new insight involves a structure lying within the hair follicle.

    "Our major discovery is a previously unknown smooth muscle that surrounds hair follicles and is called the dermal sheath," expl...

    Hair Loss Not Just a Male Problem

    The sad sight of a receding hairline is not limited to men, a dermatologist says.

    Hair loss is just as common in women, and it can occur due to factors such as genetics, and the hairstyles and hair products used by women.

    It's important to identify the cause of hair loss in women to treat it, said dermatologist Dr. Paradi Mirmirani.

    "Making sure you have the right...

    Can Stem Cells Be the Cure for Baldness?

    Could wigs, weaves or transplants someday become a thing of the past? Scientists report they were able to grow hair with stem cells in animal studies.

    So far the technique has only been tried on mice, and results may not be the same in humans. But researchers say they have been able to grow natural-looking hair through the skin using stem cells.

    This could bring new hope t...

    Hair Styles That Can Lead to Hair Loss

    Hairstyles are a defining feature for many people, but some 'dos can also damage hair follicles.

    A Johns Hopkins review of 19 studies has found that many hairstyles can lead to a condition known as traction alopecia. That's the gradual loss of hair from damage to the follicle due to prolonged or repeated tension on the roots. It's especially common among black women, but can affect a...