A new drug has allowed a man to grow a full head of hair. The 25-year-old patient was nearly hairless due to a condition called alopecia universalis.
Giving hope to those dealing with baldness, a new drug has allowed a man to grow a full head of hair. The 25-year-old patient was nearly hairless due to a condition called alopecia universalis. The disease causes the rapid loss of all hair including eyelashes and eyebrows.
Scientists at Yale used an FDA-approved arthritis drug to reverse the aftermath of the man’s disease. As a result, the patient was not only able to grow hair back on his head, but his eyebrows, eyelashes, armpit, facial and other bodily hair also re-grew.
The assistant professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Brett A. King remarked “The results are exactly what we hoped for. This is a huge step forward in the treatment of patients with this condition. While it’s one case, we anticipated the successful treatment of this man based on our current understanding of the disease and the drug.”
King knew the drug had previously treated mice with a lesser form of alopecia and that it was successfully used for treating psoriasis. Now he plans to treat other human patients with it and hopefully the same results will be achieved.