New drug hope for bald­ness

Sunday Mail - - NEWS -

AN end to bald­ness for peo­ple with alope­cia could be in sight, with an Aussie drug trial re­veal­ing promis­ing re­sults.

The suc­cess­ful test­ing of two new drugs known as Janus Ki­nase In­hibitors has given hope that alope­cia areata can be treated safely and ef­fec­tively, with­out peo­ple los­ing their hair.

There is no cur­rent ef­fec­tive treat­ment for the de­bil­i­tat­ing con­di­tion.

About 15 per cent of peo­ple with the con­di­tion ex­pe­ri­ence to­tal or uni­ver­sal hair loss.

Univer­sity of Mel­bourne Pro­fes­sor of Der­ma­tol­ogy Rod­ney Sin­clair said the drugs were po­ten­tially life-chang­ing for those liv­ing with alope­cia.

While the re­sults had not yet been peer-re­viewed or pub­lished, Prof Sin­clair said there were promis­ing signs from the ini­tial trial.

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