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The red in redheads’ hair is thought to put them at increased risk of the dangerous skin cancer melanoma, even if they don’t spend a lot of time in the sun, according to a new study.

Study co-author Dr. David Fisher and his research team first uncovered the apparent link between red hair pigment and melanoma last fall. That study used genetically altered mice that had been given a mutant gene that increased their risk of contracting the skin cancer.

Now the researchers are taking the next step: asking why the body’s creation of the red hair pigment — called pheomelanin — might prompt that risk.

Their new paper, published May 9 in the journal BioEssays, speculates that pheomelanin could increase skin cancer risk by leaving skin cells more vulnerable to DNA damage.

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Read the rest — Red Hair Pigment Might Raise Melanoma Risk: Study

Tags: melanoma, skin cancer, red hair, redhead


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In the latest research by scientists at the International Hair Research Foundation, the University of Brescia in Italy and the Hebrew University Medical Centre in Israel, used 45 sufferers with alopecia areata, affecting two per cent of the population.

The patients had injections on one half of their head. Some were given the PRP, some traditional steroid cream, while others received a placebo. Three treatments were given every month. Hair growth was checked by measuring the area where new hairs grew on the bald scalp. Results showed the plasma injections led to significant hair regrowth in the bald patches, compared with the placebo and the steroid treatment.

Following the publication of the study in the British Journal of Dermatology, the scientists are hoping to develop a cream, so needles won’t need to be used.

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Read the rest — The vampire ‘cure’ for baldness: Scientists inject patient’s own blood into head to stimulate hair growth’

It is important that the readers do not confuse the alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss) with the genetic male pattern balding condition called androgenic alopecia. Applying platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to androgenic alopecia has been tried over and over again, and despite many attempts to use this treatment for androgenic alopecia, hair growth has never been shown in a clinically valid, controlled study.

Although Dr Fabio Rinaldi told the Telegraph that the new treatment could also help those suffering more common hair problems like male-pattern baldness, I think he has gone overboard when he stated, “We think it can help to regrow hair on people with androgenic alopecia“. I strongly suggest that those people with classic male patterned baldness (androgenic alopecia) to not get suckered into the many doctors who have been selling this treatment for years.

Tags: prp, platelet rich plasma, alopecia areata, hairloss, hair loss


I am 25 years of age and i am concerned about my bald spot. I noticed it about 4 or 5 months ago. At first it was the size of a dime and now its bigger than a half a dollar coin. I am worried about my bald spot and i don’t know what to do. I also do not have any family history of balding.

Is there any treatment for my balding spot? Help me

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An examination by a good doctor is critical. The bald spot looks bare and I wonder about whether this could be alopecia areata, as part of the differential diagnosis to genetic balding. It could also be an infection of some sort. Get to a good dermatologist as the first step in your travel through this process.

Tags: bald spot, hair loss, hairloss


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A Philadelphia boy with a chronic balding illness was sent home by his school for having too much hair.

Eight-year-old Zion Williams has been receiving medical treatment for the illness called alopecia at Drexel University which includes painful injections to the scalp. Doctors at the Philadelphia university’s medical program told Williams’ mother Talia Mann to let his hair grow for at least ten weeks.

Last Wednesday, Williams was turned away from the Shiloh Christian Academy in Philadelphia for violating the school’s mandatory short hair policy. Mann said she even filed a doctor’s note with the school to allow her son to attend with slightly lengthened hair.

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Read the rest — Eight-Year-Old With Alopecia, Hair Loss Disease, Asked To Leave School For ‘Long Hair’

I suspect that this young boy has alopecia areata (an inherited autoimmune disease). The simplest solution to me would be to waive their short hair requirement for a few months so that it would not impact his treatment, but it seems that the school was inflexible in its policies and victimized this boy.

Tags: alopecia areata, hairloss, hair loss, child


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Scientists have developed a new radiation therapy for cancer patients that has no debilitating side-effects such as hair loss or sickness. Trials in the U.S. have successfully killed cancer cells in mice and funding is now being sought to test the treatment on humans.

Side-effects of radiotherapy occur because it temporarily damages some of the healthy cells as well as destroying the cancerous ones.

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Read the rest — New radiation therapy for cancer patients that has NO side-effects such hair loss or nausea

Tags: cancer, side effects, hair loss, hairloss


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Men who lose their hair may have more to worry about than just vanity, especially if their balding starts early.

Researchers have long known about the potential link between baldness and the risk of prostate cancer, but studies have been conflicting. Now a study of African-American men shows a higher risk of prostate cancer among men losing their hair, supporting the results of a previous study that found similar results in a group of primarily Caucasian men. In the current study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, researchers focused specifically on African-American men, since they have the highest rate of prostate cancer among men in the U.S. and are twice as likely to die of the disease than these men.

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Tags: african american, hairloss, hair loss, baldness, prostate, cancer


I am 53 yr old, African American female with lupus, it is not internally only scalp. I have seen many dermatologists and finally after 2yrs of testing, they stated it was Lupus. I have been told that my scalp is scarred. From the top of my head to near my ears, I am bald. Is there any physician in my area that can grow the hair back or is this just permanent. My scalp literally looks like Bozo the clown. Is there any help for me? I have tried cortisone injections and no help…

Please Help me what can I do? Thanks for taking time to read my story, may God continue to Bless you for the help you have given many.

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Usually, people with lupus who lose their hair as a result of this autoimmune disease will not be candidates for a hair transplant. The Lupus Foundation of America has an article about hair loss that can result from the disease or the treatment, which you may find helpful (see here).

There is possibly a solution with Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) if you have some patchy hair, but I would need to view many good photos of your scalp and hair loss to see if you would be a candidate for this approach.

Tags: lupus, hairloss, hair loss, female hair loss


I have been recently diagnosed with alopecia areata (one spot) and have had several HT session in the past. Recently been under a lot of work related stress. and my hair has been thinning all over event in the safe zone (I am 48 Years old). And the back of my scalp has a see thru appearance. So I am wondering if this is diffuse alopecia areata that could evolve to alopecia totalis or DUPA since my donor area is very thin?

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Anything is possible, but not probable. Alopecia areata without any treatment often will resolve over time (which can take up to one year).

Tags: alopecia areata, hairloss, hair loss


I am 41 years old and a female. When i was 4yrs of age, i lost all my hair, including eyebrows, eyelashes, scalp and the nails on my fingers and toes. With homeopathy over a period of time, i regained my eyelashes, eyebrows, nails. With puberty, i grew hair in the correct places, normally. Just my scalp, arms and legs remain without hair till today.

I was diagnosed with Alopecia Totalis. I am happily married with a son also now. Do you have any hope for me,whatsoever? If not clinical, then
anything cosmetic that you can recommend for me which would be available in India?

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Unfortunately, there is little anyone can offer for treating alopecia totalis. There are people with this disease where the gene runs in the family and the hair loss goes complete at the age of about 4. These conditions do not reverse.

You can visit the National Alopecia Areata Foundation site for support and the latest research.

Tags: alopecia totalis, hairloss, hair loss


Hi, I am a 21-year-old female. I have always had seborrheic dermatitis, so my scalp has always been scrubbed during shampoos, with nails, until I was about 16, when I learned it was not alright to do.

Sometimes (about a few times a year) I scratch my seborrheic dermatitis if it is itchy, or run my fingertips through my hair (with a bit of pressure) to push out blackheads on the scalp. Hair rarely comes out. Today I was running my fingers through my hair (with pressure) intermittently all day, and ended up losing about 10-20 hairs (I did not comb or wash my hair for a few days, though). When I play with my boyfriend’s hair, I end up removing his blackheads too, through fingertip-rubbing, about a couple times a month. Did I cause any permanent damage to our hair follicles?


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If you pick at your scalp and repeat the process in the same area, you may lose hair permanently (see Trichotillomania Learning Center). So while I don’t know if you caused permanent loss, it’s doubtful at this point. Losing 100 hairs a day is normal, and since you didn’t comb or wash your hair for a few days it’s entirely possible that those hairs were already fallen out and just trapped.

Seborrheic dermatitis is a common condition and there are many good commercial products out there that can address it with traditional shampoos like Head and Shoulders (one of my favorites).

Tags: hairloss, hair loss, trichotillomania, dermatitis


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