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Scientists Probe Mystery of How Hair Prematurely Goes Gray

Posted 3 May 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 3, 2018 – Sometimes life's sudden shocks or illnesses can turn hair gray – Barbara Bush, the former first lady who passed away in April, reportedly had her brown hair turn gray as a young mother, following a daughter's tragic death. But how does premature graying happen? Scientists say new animal research may help clear up the mystery. The mouse studies suggest there's a link ...

New Combination Treatment Could Be 'Breakthrough' for Vitiligo Skin Condition

Posted 5 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 – Doctors have discovered a combination of treatments that can return color to skin that has been lightened by vitiligo – the skin disease that turned Michael Jackson's skin white. The new therapy includes the oral medication Xeljanz (tofacitinib) – a drug already approved for use in rheumatoid arthritis patients that dampens the body's immune response – and ultraviolet-B ...

Researchers Pinpoint More Genes Linked to Vitiligo

Posted 12 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12, 2016 – Researchers say they've identified more genes linked to the autoimmune disease vitiligo, which causes patches of white skin and hair. An international team of scientists pinpointed 23 new locations on the genome associated with susceptibility to vitiligo. That doubles the number of known genes connected with vitiligo, the researchers said. Vitiligo may be related to ...

Could a Cellular Tweak Someday 'Switch Off' Gray Hair?

Posted 28 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 – Researchers who pinpointed two cellular signals that control skin and hair color say their findings might lead to new drugs to treat skin and hair conditions, possibly even gray hair. One skin condition where the finding could potentially lead to a treatment is vitiligo. Vitiligo is caused by the loss of skin pigmentation and causes blotchy, white patches on the skin. ...

Psoriasis, Cold Sores Most Stigmatized Skin Disorders: Survey

Posted 9 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 9, 2015 – Psoriasis and cold sores top the list of stigmatized skin conditions, a new survey indicates, but experts say much of the ill will directed at sufferers is misguided. Surveying 56 people, Boston researchers found that nearly 61 percent wrongly thought psoriasis – which produces widespread, scaly red skin lesions – looked contagious, and about nine in 10 said they would ...

Drug for Rheumatoid Arthritis May Also Help Ease Vitiligo

Posted 24 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 – It's only been tested in one patient so far, but researchers report that a drug for rheumatoid arthritis may be a promising treatment for the discoloring skin condition known as vitiligo. Vitiligo is characterized by a disfiguring loss of pigmentation in skin. Most notably, pop star Michael Jackson suffered from the disorder much of his adult life. According to the ...

Experimental Vitiligo Treatment Shows Promise in Mice

Posted 27 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27 – A genetically modified protein could provide the first effective treatment for the skin condition vitiligo, a new study in mice suggests. People with vitiligo have white patches on the face, hands and other parts of the body. Vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system becomes overactive and kills the pigment cells that give skin its color. Researchers at ...

Skin Cell Transplant May Offer New Hope to Vitiligo Patients

Posted 22 Jun 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 22 – Skin cell transplants can restore pigment to the skin of some patients with the disorder known as vitiligo, new research finds. Vitiligo is a skin condition in which melanocytes, or the cells in skin that produce pigment, are destroyed. The result is the skin loses color, often in patches. Vitiligo affects about one in every 200 people in the United States. In the study, ...

Skin Condition Vitiligo Tied to Immune System Dysfunction

Posted 21 Apr 2010 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 21 – Scientists have discovered several genes linked to vitiligo that confirm the skin condition is, indeed, an autoimmune disorder. Vitiligo is a pigmentation disorder that causes white splotches to appear on the skin; the late pop star Michael Jackson suffered from the condition. The finding could lead to treatments for this confounding condition, the University of Colorado ...

Cell Transplant May Help Treat Vitiligo

Posted 10 Mar 2010 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 10 – Skin transplant surgery successfully and safely treats vitiligo, a condition that causes white patches on the skin of about 1 in 200 people in the United States, doctors say. Light therapy and skin medications are common treatments for the condition, which is most famously associated with singer Michael Jackson. But the treatments don't always work. In a new study, ...

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