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Doctors could have found a cure for the baldness condition alopecia after a new wonder pill appeared to fully restore the hair of three patients.
Experts were able to develop the drug, called ruxolitinib, after identifying the immune cells responsible for destroying hair follicles in people with the condition.
So far only pilot trials of the drug have been conducted. But within five months all three patients who took part experienced full hair regrowth.
Lead researcher Dr Raphael Clynes, from Columbia University Medical Center in New York, said: "We've only begun testing the drug in patients, but if the drug continues to be successful and safe, it will have a dramatic positive impact on the lives of people with this disease."
Alopecia affects around one in 100 people in the UK. Famous sufferers include TV presenter Gail Porter and Olympian cycling champion Joanna Rowsell.
TV presenter Gail Porter has tweeted her shock after a man accosted her in the street, calling her "baldy."
The Scottish personality has alopecia which has left her suffering from severe hair loss and she has spent years campaigning to increase awareness of the condition.
Porter tweeted to describe the incident which she said left her in tears near her London home:
Long tweet alert. On the way to the post office today, a man, who was not even the driver of a white van,decided it was appropriate to shout
Oi Baldy, are you a man or a woman? I would like to say that I didn't cry, but I did. Thank you van man. Hope you enjoyed reading The Mail
I did knock on the door of his van as the idiot was at a red light. He panicked and pretended I wasn't there. Still crying though.
The 42-year-old later tweeted to thank her 116,000 followers for their support.
MP Nadine Dorries has also spoken out about her battle with alopecia.
Tory MP Nadine Dorries, who is suffering from alopecia, says men react very differently to women when they lose their hair.
She told Daybreak: “When men go bald and when they lose their hair, what they tend to do is have a mid-life crisis and go out and have an affair.
“But what women tend to do is to actually go into their houses and lock their door.”
She added: “The worse part is every morning you wake up and look in the mirror – that actually does make you cry every morning.
“That’s the worst part – it’s a bit like your femininity is going down the shower, it’s going down the plughole…
“I’m terrified it’s going to get worse, because it’s getting so thin… it’s an absolute confidence-stealer.”
Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has told Daybreak that she is about to start treatment for alopecia.
“I probably had the best year of my life… but obviously these things build up...
“I was having an interview with Tom Bradby a few weeks ago and I noticed on a camera shot that I had a bald patch at the back of my head and I had noticed that my hair in the shower was falling out.
“I do have a friend... who has been off work and on anti-depressants – and I thought ‘goodness, this is happening to me as well’.”