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It Turns Out You Can Pop a Pill to Reverse Hair Loss

Increasing number of dermatologists are prescribing low-dose minoxidil pills

(Newser) - For all those who wished a magic pill could make their hair grow back, some heartening news: such a pill exists, and in the New York Times' telling, it's cheap and safe. The drug is minoxidil, which you likely know as the active ingredient in scalp treatments like Rogaine....

After Oscars Uproar, New Focus on Jada's Hair-Loss Disorder

Jada Pinkett Smith has long talked about her struggles with alopecia

(Newser) - Whether people are falling on the side of #TeamRock or #TeamSmith after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars on Sunday night, there seems to be nearly universal support for Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who was the subject of Rock's joke about her shaved head that...

He's Running for President in S. Korea. Bald People Love Him

Lee Jae-myung is pushing government to pay for hair loss treatments

(Newser) - South Korean presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung isn't bald. But he is enjoying the support of many bald voters over his push for government payments for hair loss treatments. Since his proposal was disclosed earlier this week, hair loss has emerged as a hot-button topic ahead of March's presidential...

Lawsuits Mount Against Popular Hair-Care Line
Lawsuits Mount Against
Popular Hair-Care Line
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Lawsuits Mount Against Popular Hair-Care Line

Users of DevaCurl say it makes their hair fall out

(Newser) - DevaCurl products offering to tame frizzy hair have been "the focus and center" of the natural hair movement over the past two decades, Florida hair stylist Stephanie Mero tells NPR . Indeed, the New York Times describes a cult-like following by curly-haired women and men, some of whom used DevaCurl'...

Pressley: 'This Is My Official Public Revealing'

Congresswoman has lost all her hair from alopecia

(Newser) - Rep. Ayanna Pressley says she isn't going to keep it a secret any longer: She has lost all of her hair due to alopecia. The Democratic congresswoman tells the Root that she first became aware of the condition last fall, when she was getting her hair retwisted. She says...

Ricki Lake Buzzes Her Hair to Free Herself After 3 Decades

Actress has been struggling in silence with hair loss

(Newser) - "It is a new year and new decade and a new me." So said Ricki Lake in New Year's Day Instagram and Facebook posts showing off her new hairdo: a buzz cut that, she says, left her "liberated and free." No, the 51-year-old actress didn'...

After Hair-Loss Drug Came Years of Erectile Dysfunction

It's the first study to arrive at the finding

(Newser) - Two drugs—one to treat hair loss, the other to shrink enlarged prostates—could wreak havoc on men's sexual health. Researchers at Northwestern University reported Thursday in the journal PeerJ that among the men they studied who are between the ages of 16 and 89 and who took either...

Genetic Test Could Predict Your Risk of Going Bald
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We're One Step Closer to Test Predicting Baldness

Researchers indentify 287 genes linked to hair loss

(Newser) - Guys, if you've ever wished you could look into a crystal ball and see if hair plugs are in your future, scientists have good news. Using data from 53,000 men in the UK, they've come up with a DNA-based algorithm that could someday predict whether one is...

Boy Grows Hair for 2 Years for Best Reason

Tyler Boone endured taunts, being called a girl for friend Gabby Ruiz, who has alopecia

(Newser) - For two years, Tyler Boone has been growing his hair out, and a few days after Christmas the 10-year-old finally had his 12-inch tresses shorn—not as part of some evolving tween aesthetic, but because the kid with the "super-big heart" was donating it to a friend who suffers...

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...

$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...

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...

A Solution for Baldness: Precise Plucking?

 A Solution for Baldness: 
 Precise Plucking? 
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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...

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...

Arthritis Drug Makes Hairless Man Very Hairy
Arthritis Drug Makes
Hairless Man Very Hairy
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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,...

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...

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...

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...

'Baldness Cure' Stuns Mouse Researchers

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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...

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...

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