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Mother and daughter embrace female baldness in beautiful photo shoot

In a recent Human Interest story, PEOPLE Magazine featured a mother and daughter whose photos have captured the internet’s heart. “They are two of the most beautiful people I’ve met, inside and out,” said Kellie, of Kellie Rose Photography, who is responsible for the joyous photographs. “They are here to show everyone that BALD IS BEAUTIFUL!” Seven-year-old Rose Tavenner developed autoimmune disease alopecia a few years ago. Alopecia areata affects 147 million people worldwide according to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. The symptoms often first appear in childhood. This hair loss disease is caused when the immune system attacks hair follicles. ... Read More

Issues of hair loss, excess hair growth affect women physically, psychologically

More and more women have been speaking out about hair loss disorders such as autoimmune disease alopecia, or the permanent baldness that they experience as a result of chemotherapy drugs such as Taxotere. Many of these women are boldly showing the world their bald heads and discussing issues of acceptance, both self-acceptance and the hope to overcome the social stigma that is still associated with female baldness. They are discussing the psychological consequences of their experiences. Movements such as “See Us In September” gave these women unity and encouraged open dialogue in public forums about the impact of living with ... Read More

Taxotere MDL maintains rapid growth, lawsuits over permanent hair loss

This summer we reported that the Taxotere federal multidistrict litigation had grown from 33 lawsuits to more than 1,000 in just a little more than seven months. Now six months later, the litigation has continued to see dramatic increase. More than another 1,000 suits have been added to the MDL, with a total of 2,304 claims as of Nov. 15, 2017, according to the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. MDL -2740 Taxotere (Docetaxel) Products Liability Litigation under U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt was established in the Eastern District of Louisiana in October of last year. The federal ... Read More

Children’s book about bald princess is gift to kids with alopecia and cancer

Yahoo Lifestyle features a unique children’s book that was self-published on Amazon this October. Rosaria Calafati, the author, says, “My experience with children and my experience [with cancer] is what started it all.” The breast cancer survivor, who underwent a lumpectomy and lost her hair to chemotherapy in 1997, is a mother of six and a full-time nanny. Calafati’s hair grew back after cancer treatment, but not all cancer patients are so lucky. Some drugs, such as Taxotere, which is used to treat breast and other cancers, can leave survivors permanently bald. Women and children with autoimmune disorder alopecia areata ... Read More

Beautiful bald senior portraits raise awareness about alopecia as they go viral

There are many reasons people experience hair loss. Some men and women experience pattern baldness, which is genetic and often associated with aging. Some lose their hair as a side effect of toxic drugs such as chemotherapy. This type of hair loss is generally expected to be temporary, but for some cancer survivors their hair never grows back. Many are women who used Taxotere to treat breast cancer. Others, like 17-year-old Madisyn Babcock, have autoimmune disease alopecia areata, which causes patchy hair loss and in extreme cases total loss of hair on the scalp, face and even body. No matter ... Read More

Teen determined to help children with hair loss, bullies won’t stop him

Baldness can be caused by many things. It doesn’t only affect aging men with a genetic predisposition. Many of all ages experience baldness as a result of cancer treatment. In fact, there are some cancer survivors who even find themselves find themselves facing the stigma of baldness for the rest of their lives when their chemotherapy drugs, Taxotere for example, caused permanent hair loss. Another cause of hair loss is an autoimmune disease called alopecia. It often first appears during childhood and in extreme cases can cause complete loss of hair on the scalp, face and even the whole body. ... Read More

Australian campaigns against tax on medical wigs

Australian Stefanie Hodgson, 21, completely bald since sixth grade, has suffered from alopecia totalis since age 6. Metro UK shares some of her story and gives her a platform to speak out against her country’s tax on medical wigs. Alopecia totalis is an autoimmune disease which causes complete loss of hair on the scalp. It is an advanced form of alopecia areata, where hair is lost in round patches. The hair loss can be triggered by stress. Hair can grow back, but the hair loss is often recurring. In extreme cases people have complete hair loss on the scalp and ... Read More

NBC features character with alopecia on award-winning drama

NBC’s Emmy-winning series This Is Us recently aired an episode introducing many viewers, perhaps for the first time, to the disease alopecia areata. Often those who suffer from hair loss, like that caused by this autoimmune disease, are tempted to hide what they are going through from others, confused and ashamed by their changed appearance. All forms of hair loss have emotional consequences, whether genetically caused pattern hair loss, or drug-induced hair loss–the short-term baldness during chemotherapy treatment as well as the devastating permanent hair loss that can come as a side effect of some cancer drugs, like Taxotere. Those ... Read More

Local woman makes hair loss solutions accessible

Here in Alabama, a Birmingham business has recognized the grave impact that hair loss has on people’s lives and is offering compassion and practical support. People find themselves in need of hair loss solutions such as wigs for a variety of reasons. Some suffer hereditary hair loss, which is associated with aging. Others have the autoimmune disorder, alopecia areata, which can begin in childhood. Many lose hair after undergoing cancer treatments. Some chemotherapy drugs, such as Taxotere, can even cause permanent baldness, leaving cancer survivors visibly facing the effects of their disease for the rest of their lives as they ... Read More

Stress can cause hair loss and other signs of aging

GQ online warns readers that stress takes a toll on their physical appearance, specifically their face and hair. If readers aren’t doing it for their physical, mental and emotional well-being, the magazine suggests that for the sake of vanity, they should work to reduce stress in their lives. Stress can cause your hair to fall out. It can trigger a condition known as alopecia areata, which causes bald patches, not only on the scalp but they can also appear on the beard. Alopecia can affect eyelashes, eyebrows and in severe cases can cause total hair loss all over the body. ... Read More