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Drug companies race to get FDA approval of alopecia treatment

Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. Hair loss for both men and women comes with not only the obvious physical repercussions, but also often emotional consequences as well, with sufferers wrestling with issues of identity and self-confidence as their appearance is sometimes dramatically altered. The most common type of alopecia, which is very well known is hereditary. Called androgenetic alopecia, also known as pattern hair loss, it affects 80 million men and women in the United States. Another form of alopecia that is very familiar is drug-induced, often by chemotherapy. Under normal circumstances, this is a temporary hair ... Read More

Are wigs the best solution for women who have permanent hair loss?

Many women who suffer from hair loss feel like they need to hide their bald heads with wigs to either feel beautiful or just to fit in and avoid stares and even questions from strangers. However wigs are hot and uncomfortable and present many challenges for those who deal with permanent hair loss. Michelle, who suffers from chemotherapy-induced permanent alopecia, says of wigs in the blog A Head of Our Time, “You can’t ride a roller coaster or go to a water park with your kids in a wig. You can’t exercise vigorously or ride a bike on a trail. ... Read More

Did You Know Certain Types of Hair Loss May Be Avoided?

Hair loss, especially for women, can be emotionally devastating, as hair greatly affects appearance, which is often tied to self esteem. Even more so when the hair loss could have been avoided. Nearly a thousand cancer patients who took the chemotherapy drug Taxotere are suing drug-maker Sanofi-Aventis, saying the drug company did not give them the information they needed about the drug’s side effects to make an informed decision about which chemotherapy drug to use for treatment. “I have no doubt that, had I been told that Taxotere had a chance of permanent baldness, I would have selected Taxol. I ... Read More

Taxotere MDL holds Science Day, lawsuits allege cancer drug causes alopecia

On Wednesday in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana under Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt, Science Day presentations took place for the Taxotere (Docetaxel) Products Liability Litigation. According to an order dated April 27, 2017, both sides were allowed 30 minutes and the presentations were open to the public. In complex mass tort cases, Science Day presentations are designed to give both sides a chance to brief judges on the underlying science that will serve as the basis of the legal arguments in the bellwether trials that will take place. Taxotere (docetaxel), marketed by Sanofi-Aventis, has been in ... Read More

Bride with alopecia embraces bald head, inspires others to show inner beauty

Twenty-seven-year old Southern Californian bald and beautiful bride Kylie Bamberger has alopecia universalis. That means she has only “peach fuzz” on her scalp, no eyelashes, eyebrows, or hair in her nose. She has lost hair on every part of her body. Her hair loss began at age 12. Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. For some it is temporarily caused by drugs such as chemotherapy. For some cancer patients, their hair loss isn’t temporary. Many Taxotere patients, after their treatments were complete, waited for their hair to grow back and when it did not fully return as expected ... Read More

College student with alopecia hopes to inspire others through Ninja Warrior

Senior chemistry major Connor Carlson found out that he had alopecia in middle school when he lost all the hair on his body. “It was hard,” Carlson said. “There was a couple months where I didn’t talk to anyone. I didn’t show my face.” He has since become an activist for those with the same disease. He has worked to expand the scope of his influence, from creating a social media brand called ‘tall.n.bald’ during his sophomore year of college, to working with business partner Josh Harshman to create Makou Mea, which right now offers a “Believe Beanie” and stickers ... Read More

Henna art brings courage and hope to women with cancer-related hair-loss

Since the now closed organization Henna Heals began raising awareness about “Henna Crowns” in 2010 henna artists around the world have begun to use their skills to serve women who have suffered hair loss due to chemotherapy by designing beautiful and inspiring temporary henna tattoos for women to wear proudly instead of covering up their heads with scarves or hats or wigs. Some women dealing with cancer find the emotional aspect of hair loss difficult to cope with, shaking their confidence and causing them to question their beauty and womanhood. In fact some women even have lost their hair permanently ... Read More

Miss England hopeful opens up about heart-breaking challenges of alopecia

One 22-year-old UK woman who has suffered from alopecia, a form of hair loss, since early childhood, shares her experiences publicly as she prepares to compete in several pageants as a Miss England hopeful. The Mirror reports on her story. From early childhood on she tried many therapies from visiting the hospital twice a week for ultraviolet light treatment to ointments to corticosteroids scalp injections to vitamins to head massage and reflexology, but she still found herself always having to try to cover up her hair loss. She had her first wig made for her at age 6, and all ... Read More

When alopecia affects cancer survivors

“When Cathy beat cancer, something unexpected happened,” USA Today said in its report on cancer survivor Cathy Johnson’s disappointing experience with alopecia – hair loss – long after surviving cancer. According to USA Today, six years ago, following kidney surgery after Cathy was declared cancer free, she began to have bald spots. Cathy’s hair loss was determined to be alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune disease. The doctors weren’t sure what caused the onset of the disease. After years of trying to cover up her condition Cathy finally decided to shave her head with the help of her daughter, “to have ... Read More

Taxotere faces allegations linking the chemotherapy drug to five deaths

Docetaxel, sold under the brand name Taxotere, a chemotherapy drug used to treat breast, lung, prostate, stomach, and head and neck cancer, is already being sued by more than 700 patients in the United States over allegations that the drug causes permanent alopecia, or hair loss. Now this same drug is facing even more allegations of serious side effects. US Recall News reports that the French National Drug and Health Product Safety Agency (ANSM) is investigating Taxotere/docetaxel in response to a report that shows the drug connected to five deaths in only six months. Patients using a generic version of docetaxel ... Read More