alopecia head
PHOTO COURTESY OF JNS

Earlier this morning, The Algemeiner reported a newfound "cure" for baldness in the most unlikely source. An Israeli-developed drug intended to soften the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Cancer has been proven to stop alopecia as well.

Alopecia is "triggered by an inflammatory process around the hair follicle that causes it to fall out—hair loss is concentrated in the scalp, beard, and other parts of the body," says Dr. Yuval Ramot, a physician in the Department of Dermatology and Venereal Diseases at Hadassah. Though there have been no official and successful treatments for the condition to date, a 16-year-old with a genetic autoimmune disease who has been under the treatment of a drug called baricitinib, is now being studied for other reasons. A bald patch in the back of his head which has "resisted treatment for years," according to Ramot in an interview with JNS, is now growing back.

Researchers at Columbia University are now furthering the study on lab mice, and have discovered that "the use of inhibitors on that path can be effective against this disease as well." Ramot notes that the miraculous results have increased research on a global level. “There is also evidence from researchers throughout the world that drugs from the same family have been shown effective in treatment-resistant patients.”

Have you experienced hair loss as a result of your illness (autoimmune disease or cancer)?