Arthritis Drug Spurs Hair Growth - Lots of It

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A man who was almost completely bald has grown a full head of hair after a novel treatment by doctors at Yale University.
 
The man, 25, suffers from psoriasis and a condition called alopecia, which left him with virtually no hair on his body, according to a Yale press release. There is no cure or long-term treatment for the disease.
 
However, after taking an arthritis drug called tofactinib citrate, the man not only grew a full head of hair, but also eyebrows, eyelashes, facial hair, and body hair, Yale researchers reported.
 
“The results are exactly what we hoped for,” said Dr. Brett A. King, assistant professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine and senior author of a paper reporting the results in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.
 
It took about eight months for the man to grow hair and he reported no side effects, researchers said.
 
“There are no good options for long-term treatment of alopecia universalis,” said Dr. King. “The best available science suggested this might work, and it has.”

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