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Arthritis drug helps people regrow hair

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This can probably help a lot of men that lost hair!
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This would be amazing to help my dad grow hair if possible
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I would rather be hairless ( yes, I have alopecia) than have liver damage. I am not that vain
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But WHERE is it causing re growth ??? Hopefully not on the back or in other areas you don't need hair.!!
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Yes it does but it suppresses the immune system and there's some real bad side effects from our info on this x
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Yes it does but it suppresses the immune system and there's some real bad side effects from our info on this x
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Xeljanz appears to work by stopping the immune system's attack on hair follicles, King said. In addition, the researchers have identified genes that might predict a patient's response to treatment, he said.

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Two patients, who each lost all of their hair 10 years ago due to a medical condition, recently regrew some of their hair after taking an arthritis drug, according to a new report of the cases.

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The authors of the study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, said: “Successful treatment can improve patients’ lives dramatically, as it did for out patients.
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That's pretty cool. I mean he still has a bald spot which would prompt most guys to shave their head, but its none the less cool.
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The drug tofacitinib triggered hair regrowth in patients diagnosed with alopecia - a first step towards tackling pattern baldness, the most common cause of baldness in men.
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Two patients, who each lost all of their hair 10 years ago due to a medical condition, recently regrew some of their hair after taking an arthritis drug, according to a new report of the cases.

Did the two patients in this study have any side effects? Any liver damage or other negative conditions?
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I will mention this to my dad when I see him for Thanksgiving this week. I am just worried about potential side effects.
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I would think this would be considered a side effect of the arthritis drug. Is the hair growth just limited to hair on the scalp?
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Xeljanz appears to work by stopping the immune system's attack on hair follicles, King said. In addition, the researchers have identified genes that might predict a patient's response to treatment, he said.

Oh it impacts the immune system? That can't be good overall.
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Researchers at Yale and Stanford have provided the most conclusive evidence to date that a rheumatoid arthritis drug can also be used to grow hair on patients with a disease that causes disfiguring hair loss.

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Definitely something I don't need. I am incredibly hairy!
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The more we understand about the different pathways, about what makes hair grow and what makes hair not grow, we can come up with better, more refined treatments that are hopefully safer and more reliably effective.
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Alopecia areata is an immune system infection that causes inconsistent or finish male pattern baldness, including on the head, body, eyebrows and eyelashes.
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