(Photos: Yale Dermatology)
There's no cure for alopecia universalis--a complete absence of hair on the body. But researchers at Yale University's medical school may have found a treatment. They gave a drug normally used for rheumatoid arthritis to a man with alopecia. After five months of taking 10-15 milligrams a day, the patient grew hair on his face and body, including eyelashes and eyebrows. CBS News reports:
"The results are exactly what we hoped for," Dr. Brett A. King, assistant professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine and senior author of a paper outlining the results online in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, said in a statement. "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. We believe the same results will be duplicated in other patients, and we plan to try."
Dr. King hopes to begin clinical trials of a cream form of this drug.
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