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Geneticists Get to the Roots of Hair Loss in Men

Posted 14 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 – Gene research may offer a glimmer of hope for men challenged by that bane of aging – male-pattern baldness. In the largest such study to date, a Scottish research team said it has identified close to 300 genetic regions tied to baldness. Previously, only a handful had been identified, the scientists said. The University of Edinburgh researchers stressed that their findings don't mean a cure for shiny pates is coming tomorrow. "However, these results take us one step closer," said study principal author Dr. Ricardo Marioni. He spoke in a news release from the journal PLOS Genetics, which published the findings Feb. 14. Marioni, who's with the university's Center for Genomic and Experimental Medicine, believes "the findings pave the way for an improved understanding of the genetic causes of hair loss." In this study, the research team analyzed genetic data from ... Read more

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Hawaii Facing Rise in Dengue Fever Cases

Posted 3 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 – Do your winter travel plans include Hawaii? You may want to pack bug repellent, experts say. That's because the Big Island of Hawaii is facing an outbreak of dengue fever – a mosquito-borne virus that can cause terrible headache and crushing pain in the muscles and joints. State health officials have confirmed 117 cases of dengue fever on the Big Island since mid-September, including 103 local residents and 14 visitors to the island. One other case has been reported on the island of Oahu, but health officials say it was not locally transmitted and is not tied to the new outbreak. The jump in cases has prompted top experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to visit the island this week to try and help, CNN reported Wednesday. "I don't think travelers should be overly worried, but they should take care to avoid mosquitoes as much as ... Read more

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Retail Prices of Dermatology Drugs Skyrocket

Posted 25 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – Patients using prescription creams, gels, sprays and pills for skin conditions may shell out substantially more at the pharmacy than they did just six years ago, a new study suggests. Between 2009 and 2015, retail prices of brand-name dermatologic drugs rose 401 percent, on average, study authors reported Nov. 25 in JAMA Dermatology. Even generics have succumbed to price inflation, up 279 percent between 2011 and 2014, based on the drugs surveyed. Price increases for skin treatments far outpaced the general inflation rate of 11 percent during the six-year study period, the researchers said. "Cancer drugs were the worst in terms of the numbers" – up 1,240 percent or nearly $11,000 over the six-year study period – primarily because of two medicines, said Dr. Steven Rosenberg, voluntary professor of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Perfect Image Solutions Topical Hair Regrowth Products: Recall - Unapproved Drugs, Risk of Health Hazards

Posted 23 Jan 2012 by Drugs.com

Men's Minoxidil 15% Azelaic 5% Hair regrowth topical, 60ml Men's Minoxidil 10% Azelaic 5% Hair regrowth topical, 60mL Men's Minoxidil 5% Azelaic 5% Hair regrowth topical, 60mL Women's Minoxidil 3% Azelaic 5% Hair regrowth topical, 60mL Hair regrowth shampoo enhanced with Ketoconazole and salicylic acid, 180mL ISSUE: Perfect Image Solutions recalled all lots of these topical hair regrowth products because they are deemed “unapproved new drugs” under FDA regulations, and may present potential health hazards. Use of these topical products containing 15% and 10% Minoxidil have not been shown to be safe, and could pose a risk to the general public due to the possibility of systemic absorption. Skin abrasions or irritations, such as psoriasis or sunburn, could increase the systemic absorption of topically administered Minoxidil. Minoxidil 15% and 10% could cause low blood pressure, heart pa ... Read more

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