-Dr.Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC
A disease called Alopecia Areata, which attacks hair follicles and causes baldness, affects 5.3 million Americans. According to AAPR.com, a gene was recently discovered that is linked to this disease. Researchers found that this disease is connected with other autoimmune conditions for which drugs are being produced to treat symptoms.
The hope is that drug manufacturers will start to concentrate on producing more drugs for Alopecia Areata, as it is the most common form of autoimmune disease and causes hair loss. It affects males and females equally.
Hair loss, while not deadly, can be embarrassing. It is good to know that research is being conducted to develop new drugs to help prevent Alopecia Areata.