Love is in the hair! Scientists successfully test drug that can reverse the effects of going bald

Updated: September 11, 2014

A WONDER-DRUG that is normally used to fight bone marrow disease is believed to have an unusual side effect – it can cure baldness.

Scientists believe a medication called ruxolitinib can reverse the effects of alopecia areata, a condition that is normally difficult to treat and which can cause severe patchy and thinning hair in young people.

Experts at the Columbia University Medical Center say they have already cured hair loss in three people by giving them a twice-daily dose of the drug, according to an article in respected journal Nature Medicine.

The patients had already lost a third of their hair but it grew back within five months. Alopecia areata can affect people of all ages but it is mostly seen in teenagers and young adults. It is not related male baldness in later life that is driven by hormones.

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

Fellow expert Prof David Bickers added: “This is a major step forward in improving the standard of care for patients.”

Keep up the good work, fellas!

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