Fayetteville Company Raising Funds for Hair Loss Treatment
A Fayetteville company is trying to raise $7 million to treat hair loss. BiologicsMD Inc. raised $400,000 so far, according to its Feb. 8 filing at the U.S Securities & Exchange Commission. The money raised will go toward helping to get regulatory approval of its treatment for hair loss, mainly for people who have alopecia areata, an autoimmune skin disease that causes hair loss on the head and on other parts of the body, said Dr. Rob Gensure, the company’s medical officer. “They have an immune system problem where their immune system attacks their hair follicle, and it falls out in patches at random times,...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - March 7, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Targeted Treatment May Reverse Alopecia AreataTargeted Treatment May Reverse Alopecia Areata
The psoriasis drug ustekinumab can spur hair regrowth and normalize immune function in patients with alopecia areata, according to the results of a study in three patients. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - December 14, 2015 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Allergy & Clinical Immunology News Source Type: news

A Baldness Cure Isn't Here Yet, But New Research Is Promising
No one is claiming a cure for baldness just yet, but researchers at Columbia University Medical Center may have taken an important step in that direction. In a series of experiments involving mice and human tissue, the scientists showed that enzyme-blocking drugs known as JAK inhibitors can cause significant regrowth of hair when applied to the skin. The unexpected finding raises the possibility that these medications might be used to restore hair growth in men and women experiencing pattern baldness, as well as in cancer patients who have lost hair as a result of chemotherapy treatments. Oral versions of the med...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 27, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

What Is Telogen Effluvium?
Discussion Hair is an epidermal appendage. It has a regular cycle of phases where hair grows (anagen), rests (telogen) and has a transition phase (catagen) in between. Normal hair loss is ~50-100 hairs lost/day on the scalp. Normal hair grows about 2.5 mm/week. The history should include details about general health, health stressors especially in last 4-6 months including fevers, surgeries, new medication and life events are important. Review of systems for possible anemia, diabetes, and hypothyroidism and other autoimmune diseases should be obtained including fatigue, constipation, weight changes, night sweats, eye, mus...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 21, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Corticosteroids far outpaced minoxidil use for alopecia areata
Alopecia areata sends “hundreds of thousands” of patients to the doctor every year in the United States, and six in ten of those visits end with a corticosteroid prescription, investigators reported in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. In contrast, “minoxidil appears either underreported or... (Source: Skin and Allergy News)
Source: Skin and Allergy News - September 15, 2015 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Researchers beat untreatable eczema with arthritis drug
Researchers have successfully treated patients with moderate to severe eczema using a rheumatoid arthritis drug recently shown to reverse two other disfiguring skin conditions, vitiligo and alopecia areata. The study is evidence of a potential new era in eczema treatment, they report. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 20, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

WCD: Topical squaric acid may help alopecia areata in kids
VANCOUVER, B.C. – If you haven’t tried topical 5% squaric acid dibutylester for alopecia areata in children, you probably should, according to investigators at the University of Texas in Houston. “We have treated over 500 patients” with decent results. “A lot of children referred to us had failed...googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-cta'); (Source: Skin and Allergy News)
Source: Skin and Allergy News - June 16, 2015 Category: Dermatology Tags: PED Conferences SAN Conference News PED News PED Dermatology SAN Clinical News SAN News SAN Hair & Nail Disorders FPN News Source Type: news

Alopecia in APS type 3
Makino et al. present a case of autoimmune polyglandular syndrome (APS) type 3 with a severe form of alopecia areata ( 76 – 99% hair loss). Although recovery from alopecia is rare in APS, they found that following successful control of diabetes, the patient had total hair re-growth within 2-3 months. Read full Case Report by Makino et al. titled ‘Recovery from alopecia areata in a patient with autoimmune polyglandular syndrome type 3 ‘ in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports, Article ID: 14-0084; DOI:10.1530/EDM-14-0084 (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - March 26, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Combination Therapy Helpful in Refractory AlopeciaCombination Therapy Helpful in Refractory Alopecia
Combination therapy with diphenylcyclopropenone (DPCP) and anthralin is more effective than DPCP alone in patients with chronic extensive alopecia areata (AA), according to Turkish researchers. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines - February 27, 2015 Category: Dermatology Tags: Dermatology News Source Type: news

North Texas Fracking Zone Sees Growing Health Worries
This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. DALLAS—Propped up on a hospital bed, Taylor Ishee listened as his mother shared a conviction that choked her up. His rare cancer had a cause, she believes, and it wasn’t genetics. Others in Texas have drawn the same conclusions about their confounding illnesses. Jana DeGrand, who suffered a heart attack and needed both her gallbladder and her appendix removed. Rebecca Williams, fighting off unexplained rashes, sharp headaches and repeated bouts of pneumonia. Maile Bush, who needed...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 11, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Coping with alopecia: one bride-to-be's story
As if preparing for her wedding hasn't been stressful enough, Keremi Gawade has had to do it while facing the loss of her hair (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - October 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: wedding plan alopecia causes hair-loss alopecia treatment alopecia areata Source Type: news

Vitiligo, Alopecia Affect 1 in 20 Patients With GVHDVitiligo, Alopecia Affect 1 in 20 Patients With GVHD
In patients with chronic graft-vs-host disease (cGvHD), having a female stem cell donor or a female-donor-to-male-recipient sex mismatch is associated with an increased risk of vitiligo and alopecia areata, according to new findings. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines - September 19, 2014 Category: Dermatology Tags: Dermatology News Source Type: news

Study examines vitiligo, alopecia areata and chronic graft vs. host disease
(The JAMA Network Journals) Vitiligo (depigmentation of the skin) and alopecia areata (AA, patchy or complete hair loss) in patients with chronic graft vs. host disease (GvHD) following a stem cell transplant appear to be associated with having a female donor and the sex mismatch of a female donor and male recipient. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 10, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

JAK Inhibition Restores Hair in Alopecia PatientsJAK Inhibition Restores Hair in Alopecia Patients
In keeping with results in murine studies, pharmacological inhibition of Janus kinase (JAK) family protein tyrosine kinases led to recovery of hair growth in three patients with alopecia areata. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines - August 29, 2014 Category: Dermatology Tags: Dermatology News Source Type: news

Drug Restores Hair in Alopecia Patients: FAQ
A drug used to treat a rare bone marrow cancer caused hair to grow back in some people with alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that attacks the hair follicles, scientists have found. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - August 19, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news