Alopecia Areata

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Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles. This can lead to hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. In most cases, hair falls out in small, round patches on the scalp. Although uncommon, hair loss can be more extensive in some people. This condition can progress to cause total loss of hair on the head (alopecia totalis) or complete loss of hair on the head, face, and body (alopecia universalis). While there is neither a cure for nor drugs approved for treatment, some people find that medications approved for other purposes can help their hair grow back.
 

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Following organizations serve the condition "Alopecia Areata" for support, advocacy or research.

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Bald Girls Do Lunch Inc

Bald Girls Do Lunch (BGDL) helps women with alopecia areata live full and fulfilling lives, and it’s all centered around the idea of getting together for “lunch.” Our lunches and other events are fun, friendly, educational, relaxing and, most of all, totally empowering. By being with people who experience the same things as you, your self-esteem improves and you gain confidence, camaraderie and a powerful sense of community.

Last Updated: 20 Jun 2013

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Children's Alopecia Project, Inc.

We help children living with hair loss due to all forms of Alopecia. We raise awareness and build self-esteem so the kids can become stronger teens and more productive adults and the advocates of tomorrow.

Last Updated: 20 Mar 2013

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National Alopecia Areata Foundation

The National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) supports research to find a cure or acceptable treatment for alopecia areata, supports those with the disease, and educates the public about alopecia areata.

Last Updated: 8 Mar 2013

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Following organizations serve the condition "Alopecia Areata" for support, advocacy or research.

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Bald Girls Do Lunch Inc

Bald Girls Do Lunch (BGDL) helps women with alopecia areata live full and fulfilling lives, and it’s all centered around the idea of getting together for “lunch.” Our lunches and other events are fun, friendly, educational, relaxing and, most of all, totally empowering. By being with people who experience the same things as you, your self-esteem improves and you gain confidence, camaraderie and a powerful sense of community.

http://www.baldgirlsdolunch.org

Last Updated: 20 Jun 2013

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Children's Alopecia Project, Inc.

We help children living with hair loss due to all forms of Alopecia. We raise awareness and build self-esteem so the kids can become stronger teens and more productive adults and the advocates of tomorrow.

http://www.childrensalopeciaproject.org

Last Updated: 20 Mar 2013

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National Alopecia Areata Foundation

The National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) supports research to find a cure or acceptable treatment for alopecia areata, supports those with the disease, and educates the public about alopecia areata.

http://www.naaf.org

Last Updated: 8 Mar 2013

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Alopecia Areata" returned 114 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Videocapillaroscopic alterations in alopecia areata.
 

Author(s): Agnieszka Gerkowicz, Dorota Krasowska, Aldona Pietrzak, Anna Michalak-Stoma, Joanna Bartosińska, Maria Juszkiewicz-Borowiec, Grażyna Chodorowska

Journal: Biomed Res Int. 2013 ;2013():160203.

 

Alopecia areata (AA) is a common hair disorder observed in dermatological practice; however, the exact mechanisms that lead to the hair loss are still unknown. Disturbances in the blood supply of hair follicles may be one of the elements in the complex pathogenesis of AA. Nailfold ...

Last Updated: 28 Oct 2013

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Alopecia areata - Vitiligo overlap syndrome: an emerging clinical variant.
 

Author(s): A S Krishnaram, Anuj Saigal, Balaji Adityan

Journal: Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. ;79(4):535-7.

 

Last Updated: 13 Jun 2013

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Alopecia areata in a patient receiving infliximab.
 

Author(s): Nerea Ormaechea-Pérez, Arantxa López-Pestaña, Ana Isabel Muñagorri-Santos, Ane Jaka Moreno, Anna Tuneu-Valls

Journal: Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. ;79(4):529-31.

 

Last Updated: 13 Jun 2013

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The terms "Alopecia Areata" returned 18 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Recent advances in the pathogenesis of autoimmune hair loss disease alopecia areata.
 

Author(s): Taisuke Ito

Journal: Clin. Dev. Immunol.. 2013 ;2013():348546.

 

Alopecia areata is considered to be a cell-mediated autoimmune disease, in which autoreactive cytotoxic T cells recognize melanocyte-associated proteins such as tyrosinase. This review discusses recent advances in the understanding of the pathogenesis of alopecia areata, focusing ...

Last Updated: 23 Oct 2013

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Alopecia areata: an update.
 

Author(s): Kolalapudi Anjaneyulu Seetharam

Journal: Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. ;79(5):563-75.

 

Alopecia areata (AA) is a common form of non-scarring hair loss of scalp and/or body. Genetic predisposition, autoimmunity, and environmental factors play a major role in the etiopathogenesis of AA. Patchy AA is the most common form. Atopy and autoimmune thyroiditis are most common ...

Last Updated: 26 Aug 2013

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Clinical and histological challenge in the differential diagnosis of diffuse alopecia: female androgenetic alopecia, telogen effluvium and alopecia areata - part I.
 

Author(s): Betina Werner, Fabiane Mulinari-Brenner

Journal: An Bras Dermatol. ;87(5):742-7.

 

Diffuse androgenetic alopecia (female pattern hair loss), telogen effluvium, and diffuse alopecia areata may have similar clinical manifestations. Subtle details on physical examination and dermoscopy of the scalp may help to identify those disorders. The authors present a practical ...

Last Updated: 9 Oct 2012

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Alopecia Areata Registry
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Alopecia Areata; Alopecia Totalis; Alopecia Universalis; Autoimmune Hair Loss; Alopecia Partialis

 

Last Updated: 25 Apr 2014

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Efficacy of Hair Transplantation Compared With Hypodermic Needle Irritation in Alopecia Areata
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Alopecia Areata; Alopecia; Balding

 

Last Updated: 29 Jun 2011

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Tofacitnib for the Treatment of Alopecia Areata and Variants
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Alopecia Areata (AA); Alopecia Totalis (AT); Alopecia Universalis (AU)

 

Last Updated: 22 Jul 2014

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