Hair loss: One in three people able to regrow hair using arthritis drug in study

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Despite the positive results, trials continue to make sure baricitinib is not only effective but safe for wider use.

Nevertheless medicinal professionals such as Dr Amy McMichael have described the results as a “great outcome of great science that will ultimately change the lives of alopecia areata patients for the good”.

She added: “These trials tell us there is finally enough understood about the mechanism of alopecia areata that we can block the immunological process causing hair loss with an oral medication.”

Alopecia and the act of losing hair quickly can be a distressing time for those affected by the disease; in the UK it affects 15 people in every 10,000.


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