A drug used to treat arthritis has made a previously hairless man hairy again.
Scientists at Yale University said that during an eight-month trial, a 25-year-old who lost nearly all of his body hair from alopecia universalis, an autoimmune disease, grew back a full head of hair.
His eyebrows, eyelashes and hair on other parts of his body also grew back, according to the researchers.
In addition to alopecia universalis, the young man also has plaque psoriasis, a condition that causes red, scaly patches on the skin.
Senior study author Dr. Brett A. King said he believed tofacitinib citrate, an FDA-approved rheumatoid arthritis drug, could possibly address both of the patient's conditions.
“The results are exactly what we hoped for,” senior study author Dr. Brett A. King said in a release.
King also called it a “huge step forward” for alopecia universalis treatment, which has no cure.
“While it’s one case, we anticipated the successful treatment of this man based on our current understanding of the disease and the drug,” he said. “We believe the same results will be duplicated in other patients, and we plan to try.”
Researchers said the patient did not have any negative side effects from the tofacitinib, which was mildly effective at treating his psoriasis.
King has submitted a proposal for a clinical trial using tofacitinib in cream form to treat patients with alopecia areata.
20 Jun 04:54 PM
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Arthritis drug helps bald man regrow hair, Yale study says