New Drug Could ‘Cure’ Hair Loss In ‘Six Weeks’

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Bald people have been given fresh hope after an eczema drug restored hair growth in a teenage girl with long-standing alopecia.

Doctors told how their 13-year-old patient, who has alopecia totalis – a total lack of scalp hair – as well as eczema, experienced ‘significant’ hair regrowth while being treated with dupilumab, a drug marketed under the brand name Dupixent.

The unexpected side-effect came from treatment with dupilumab, which is approved for the treatment of moderate to severe eczema, also called atopic dermatitis.

Study senior author Dr Maryanne Makredes Senna, of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in the US, said:

We were quite surprised since this patient hadn’t grown scalp hair since the age of two, and other treatments that can help with hair loss did not in her case.

As far as we know, this is the first report of hair regrowth with dupilumab in a patient with any degree of alopecia areata.

In addition to longstanding alopecia, this girl had also experienced extensive, treatment-resistant eczema since the age of seven months.

Treatment with prednisone and methotrexate, medications that can suppress the overactive immune system, led to limited improvement in her eczema but no hair regrowth and was therefore discontinued.

In July 2017 she began to be treated with weekly injections of dupilumab, which had recently received official approval.

Here are two pictures of a patient, six weeks and 11 months after treatment:

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After six weeks of treatment, which led to significant improvement in eczema symptoms, she also noticed that fine light hairs called vellus hairs were appearing on her scalp.

After seven months of dupilumab treatment, the girl had grown a ‘significant’ amount of the pigmented hair that typically grows on the scalp.

Because of a change in her insurance coverage, she had to discontinue dupilumab for a two-month period, during which she noticed shedding of the recently regrown hair.

But after she could resume treatment in April this year, the hair growth resumed and has continued.

Dr Senna explained that dupilumab’s mechanism of targeting a key immune system pathway known to be overactive in eczema could explain its action against alopecia, since recent studies have suggested other elements of the same pathway may induce autoimmune hair loss.

She added:

Right now, it’s hard to know whether dupilumab could induce hair growth in other alopecia patients, but I suspect it may be helpful in patients with extensive active eczema and active alopecia areata.

We’ve submitted a proposal for a clinical trial using dupilumab in this patient population and hope to be able to investigate it further in the near future.

Wow. It’s a start isn’t it? Let’s hope the research continues to grow.

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14 Amazing Uses For Coconut Oil for Personal Hygiene

Whether you’re an old hat, or just jumped on the bandwagon, coconut oil is suddenly HOT!

From celebrity endorsements to word of mouth on the playground, it seems everyone has tried it in one form or another, and best of all, it’s natural!

SAHM found some of these awesome uses for coconut oil to both pamper and protect your body!

1. Moisturiser and Eye Cream

Just scoop it out of the jar and rub all over your body. The best thing is, you don’t need a separate eye cream, just apply under the eyes also to reduce puffiness and wrinkles.

2. Pre and After Shave

Prep your skin for the damage that shaving causes, and then heal it afterwards without clogging your pores. It is also great for stopping the blood flow with those inevitable nicks and cuts.

3. Deodorant

Combine 1/4 cup cornflour, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup coconut oil to make your own deodorant. Uber frugal!

4. Hair Treatment

Grab a small amount of coconut oil and rub it onto the ends of your hair, then distribute through to condition. For a deeper treatment, finely coat the hair in about a tablespoon of coconut oil, cover with a shower cap and leave it in overnight! If your hair is prone to a little frizz, rub a little between your palms and either scrunch or finger comb through for a sleeker, more controlled look.

5. Toothpaste

Mix a little baking soda and coconut oil and brush, brush, brush!

6. Make Up Remover

Just dab the coconut oil onto a cotton swab and wipe away!

7. Lip Balm and Sunscreen

Coconut oil not only acts as a softening agent on dry and cracked lips, but it also has a small degree of SPF (around 4) so you get a little protection.

8. Massage Oil and Lubricant

Get frisky with a natural product instead of those store-bought, chemical nightmares! It’s easy, just grab some and rub. Just note, coconut oil is not suitable for use with, or compatible with, latex!

9. Stretch Mark Cream/Nipple Cream

Coconut oil is renowned for nourishing damaged skin. Slather it on for stretch marks and sore, cracked nipples between feeds. No chemicals means it’s perfectly fine if bubs manages to ingest some whilst feeding.

10. Nappy Cream

Got a rashy bum? Coconut oil is not only great for nappy rash, but also thrush and those nasty, itchy rashes that little girls can get when they don’t wipe or wash properly.

11. Cradle Cap

Coconut oil will definitely soothe and nourish that dry skin on bub’s head. Just rub a teaspoon a day onto the scalp.

12. Body Scrub

Your only limitation is your imagination on this one! Mix coconut oil and sugar together to make a scrub of your desired coarseness and add any essential oils you like! Rub all over your body in the shower and you’ll jump out super soft!

13. Healing and First Aid

Much like a bandaid, coconut oil forms a thin layer over the skin which protects from dirt and bacteria and when applied to bruises, it can speed up the healing processes by repairing damaged tissues. When applied to bug bites and skin conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning as well as speed up the healing process.

14. Treat Swimmer’s Ear

Mix one clove of minced garlic and two tablespoons of coconut oil and put a few drops in the sore ear for about 10 minutes, 2-3 times a day for 1-2 days.

Do you know other uses for coconut oil?

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