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Researchers have implicated eight genes in the development of alopecia areata, a disorder that causes hair to thin and fall out.
The genes are already associated with other autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes, meaning that drugs may already be in the pipeline that could benefit people with hair loss, the researchers said.
“This greatly accelerated our ability to think about new drugs for patients with alopecia areata because so much work has already been done in these other diseases,” said senior study author Angela Christiano, professor of dermatology and genetics & development at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. “It is a huge advantage.”
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This is a fantastic breakthrough and will hopefully lead to treatments for this disease. For more about alopecia areata, see the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.