Skip to comments.This Common Drug Can Cure Baldness (Yale Univ. Study)
Posted on 06/21/2014 1:46:15 PM PDT by Innovative
According to Yale University scientists, this new novel treatment option was crafted as a way to treat alopecia universalis - a disease that leaves its victims almost entirely bare of hair. The university reports that the results of experimental testing on a 25-year-old male patient mark the first successful targeted treatment of this disease in medical history.
King is the senior author of a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology that details this success.
According to the study, the male study participant was placed on a daily regimen of 10 mg of tofacitinib citrate - a preexisting FDA-approved drug for rheumatoid arthritis.
After two months, the patient had grown scalp and facial hair. After eight months of treatment, the patient had experienced "full regrowth of hair" including eyebrows and eye lashes.
Yet, the authors warn that people who are experiencing natural hair follicle loss would not see the same effects from this treatment. Alopecia universalis is caused by an unusual immune system attack on hair follicles, and tofacitinib appears to turn off this reaction without impacting standard function of the immune cells.
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Is the name of the drug "hair"?
Brand name of this drug is: XELJANZ ( pronounced zel-jans ) is the first in a new class of treatments for moderate to severe RA. Called a Janus-associated kinase (JAK) inhibitor, it helps to reduce common RA symptoms such as joint pain, swelling, and stiffness.
Impressive. And it grows hair besides? Wow.
> the authors warn that people who are experiencing natural hair follicle loss would not see the same effects from this treatment. Alopecia universalis is caused by an unusual immune system attack on hair follicles
I’ve noticed my joints ache more and more when I wake up in the morning.
I use that special quiet time in the morning to take inventory and make sure all the parts are still there. If anything doesn't hurt, I check to make sure it's still there.
I remember, when I was nearing my teen years, how a certain activity would make hair grow but it was limited only to the palm of the hand..............didn't need a prescription either....
Didn’t George Costanza find something like this from China?
Yes, it was found by GC but it stunk so badly he almost lost the few friends he had.
But one data point? Nothing scientific about this. Lottery odds.
Says not a thing about the usual male pattern baldness most of us have.
We're still screwed.
limited only to the palm of the hand
How’s your eyesight ?
35 odd years ago, there were a brother and sister in my elementary school with this condition. They both wore wigs. As I recall, one trait of kids with this is that they turn out to be remarkably well adjusted. (don’t quote me on that, it was something I recall about it.). Both of these kids were very popular, actually. If this is an autoimmune disease, this is great news of a possible treatment.
Yes, I am always careful to not move too quickly when I first wake up.
Speak for yourself. I've got long, luxuriant hair that clogs the shower if I so much as walk past it.
I had a visitor today that was bald. He was one of the 4 smartest people that I've ever met. His lack of hair meant less than nothing. He also had a babe on his arm.
Now if we can only find a cure for liberalism.
Remember finasteride which ended up chemically castrating men permanently? Whoops! You got hair and divorce papers! Congratulations!
Tofacitinib may increase the risk of serious and sometimes fatal infection. Patients who also take medicine to suppress the immune system (eg, methotrexate, corticosteroids) may be at greater risk. Reported infections have included tuberculosis (TB), shingles, and other bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. You should be tested for TB before you start tofacitinib. Discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using tofacitinib.
Contact your doctor right away if you develop symptoms of infection (eg, fever; chills; persistent cough or sore throat; increased or painful urination; unusual muscle aches; red, warm, swollen, painful, or blistered skin; tiredness; loss of appetite or unusual weight loss; night sweats).
Lymphoma, skin cancer, and other types of cancer have been seen in patients treated with tofacitinib. Patients who have had a kidney transplant and take medicine to suppress the immune system may be at greater risk for a problem with certain white blood cells growing out of control. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
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