Drug that cures hair loss
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By Karen O’Shea: Most hair-loss drugs currently
available may stop hair loss, but do not cause hair to re-grow.
Now, research suggests that a drug already used to treat people with other
conditions could restore hair growth in patients with one disease that can cause
In a study, three people who took a drug called ruxolitinib daily for four to
five months saw a complete re-growth of their hair. The patients had alopecia
areata, an auto-immune disease that causes the loss of hair from the scalp or
other areas of the body.
The drug used in the study is already approved by the US Food and Drug
Administration to treat people with myelofibrosis, a bone marrow disorder.
The study also determined the cellular mechanism that causes hair loss in people
with alopecia areata.
“Additional clinical trials are needed to test the effectiveness of this drug in
more patients in larger studies,” said study author Angela M Christiano, a
professor of dermatology and genetics at Columbia University in New York.
“However, for patients with alopecia areata, this is an exciting result, because
it offers a potential new class of drugs that have not been tried before in this
disease, with some promising early results.”
There is currently no approved treatment that can restore hair in patients with
alopecia areata, which usually starts with the loss of small patches of hair on
the scalp. In some cases, the condition can lead to the loss of all hair on the
scalp or body.
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