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Inside the Odd Origins of an Allegedly Ruinous Hair-Loss Drug

Propecia's backstory begins with 'male pseudo hermaphrodites'

(Newser) - It's a little pink pill taken once daily and prescribed to millions of men. A sliver of those users allege it was a devastating choice. Writing for Tonic , Lisa Marshall reports a class-action suit against Merck over finasteride, better known as Propecia, will be heard late next year. In... More »

$26.3M Settlement Possible in Hair Product Lawsuit

Those who suffered extreme reactions to Wen by Chaz Dean products could get up to $20K

(Newser) - A $26.3 million settlement has been given the preliminary green light in a class-action lawsuit by more than 200 women over what they say are damaging hair-care products—meaning around 6 million people may soon be richer for their tress troubles. An LA federal judge gave an initial OK... More »

Plaintiffs: Infomercial Product Made Our Hair Fall Out

Hundreds of women are suing makers of Wen by Chaz Dean

(Newser) - Wen by Chaz Dean hair-care products are touted as a natural alternative to shampoo and other products, but some angry customers say the downside is hair loss—and lots of it. More than 200 women across the US have joined a class-action lawsuit claiming that the sulfate-free hair products contain... More »

A Solution for Baldness: Precise Plucking?

Findings point to communication among hair follicles

(Newser) - Hope for bald men? Perhaps. A study suggests that plucking out one's hair could actually trigger the growth of even more. But before anyone starts tearing at his scalp, know that the plucking process has to be done in a specific way—and has thus far only been tested... More »

Chemo Doesn't Have to Mean Baldness Anymore

Women saving their hair by freezing their scalps

(Newser) - Say the word "chemo" and what comes to mind? Cancer? Nausea? Hair loss? It seems that final association is, for some, becoming a thing of the past. The New York Times reports that some breast cancer patients are hanging on to the hair on their head, even as other... More »

Arthritis Drug Makes Hairless Man Very Hairy

25-year-old grew full head of hair, plus everything from eyebrows to armpit hair

(Newser) - It turns out an FDA-approved rheumatoid arthritis drug might just cure baldness—at least the form caused by a rare immune disease. During an eight-month trial of the drug, a 25-year-old man whose body was nearly hairless grew, well, a lot of it, including plenty atop his head, armpit hair,... More »

Breakthrough Is Big News for the Bald

But chance of new follicles still years away

(Newser) - Some extremely unimpressive hairs sprouting from the back of a mouse represent one of the biggest advances against baldness in years, NPR finds. The experiment, which involved grafting human skin onto the animal, was the first time scientists have ever been able to get skin from our species to produce... More »

Scientists Grow Human Hair on Mouse

But tests on humans are probably a decade away

(Newser) - Bald people may have new hope for getting back those flowing locks. Japanese scientists have regenerated hair growth on bald mice, reports the Wall Street Journal . The researchers injected the follicle cells of a hairy mouse into the follicles of a bald mouse, and within three weeks, 74% of the... More »

Hugo Chavez's Hair Disappears

Venezuelan president undergoing chemotherapy

(Newser) - Hugo Chavez, who is undergoing chemotherapy , revealed what he called a "new look" on TV: a shaved head. In a ceremony with his ministers yesterday, the Venezuelan president said his cancer treatment has been going well, the Telegraph reports. “I went to bathe and a bit of hair... More »

Baldness Cure Discovered by Accident?

Single jab reversed hair loss in lab mice

(Newser) - Researchers studying stress hormones were surprised to stumble upon what appears to be a cure for baldness—at least in mice. Mice who had gone bald due to overproduction of a stress hormone were treated with a compound that blocks stress in the gut and then returned to cages where... More »

Rogaine to Wills: We Can Help With That Bald Spot...

Prince William would be the perfect spokesperson, company rep says

(Newser) - The royal wedding is sure to be a divine affair, with one teensy exception: Prince William’s bald spot. But never fear: Rogaine is here to help! A rep for the company tells Life & Style , “We've been watching Prince William's growing bald spot closely for years, and we... More »

Bald Bears Stump German Zookeepers

Mystery condition leaves bears hairless as winter sets in

(Newser) - Zookeepers in Leipzig are scrambling to figure out why three bears have lost their fur coats. The spectacled bears, South American natives who normally have dark rings around their eyes, have gone almost completely bald just when they should be growing even thicker coats for the onset of winter. The... More »

Baldness Gene Can Pass From Father to Son

Think your mom's dad's lush locks mean your 'do is safe? Maybe not.

(Newser) - The old idea that looking at the maternal grandfather's hairline to predict whether a man will go bald is about half right, genetic researchers have found. The female X chromosome carries one baldness gene, but two studies have identified another gene that can be inherited from Dad. Guys with both... More »

Bald Take Note: Mice Grow New Hair Follicles

(Newser) - In what could lead to a cure for baldness, scientists have discovered a technique for regrowing hair in an adult mammal for the first time. University of Pennsylvania researchers suceded in stimulating the growth of new skin complete with hair follicles in mice, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. More »

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