Alopecia ‘cure’ fully restores hair in five months

Via Sarah Knapton

A cure for alopecia may have been discovered after US scientists found a drug which restored the hair of three patients within five months

Apill that cures alopecia baldness has full restored the hair of three patients in a breakthrough hailed as ‘dramatic’ and ‘exciting’ by scientists.

Doctors conducted a pilot trial after identifying which immune cells were responsible for destroying hair follicles in people with the condition.

And within four or five months of being put on the drug, ruxolitinib, all three patients experienced complete hair growth.

“We’ve only begun testing the drug in patients, but if the drug continues to be successful and safe, it will have a dramatic positive impact on the lives of people with this disease,” said US lead researcher Dr Raphael Clynes, from Columbia University Medical Center in New York.

However, the team said further tests were needed before the drug can safely be used as a baldness treatment.

Alopecia is a common autoimmune disease that leads to partial or total hair loss. Olympic cyclist and gold medallist Joanna Rowsell has suffered from the condition for 13 years.

 The 23-year-old, removed her helmet at the London Olympics to reveal that she is almost totally bald and collected her medal in front of an audience of 17 million, without her usual wig.

The model and television presenter Gail Porter has refused to wear a hat or wig to hide the condition which she has suffered from since 2005.

There is no connection between alopecia and male pattern baldness that affects 6.5 million men in the UK and is hormone-driven. Read full

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