Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 219 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-Aug-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Aug-2003
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Information for patients: Questions and answers about alopecia areata
This guide contains general information about alopecia areata (al-oh-PEE-shah ar-ee-AH-tah). It describes what alopecia is, its causes, and treatment options. Information is also provided on current research.  more

Information for patients: Hirsutism (excess hair)
Hirsutism is a condition in which too much hair grows on the face or body. Although hirsutism can occur in both men and women, it is usually only a problem for women. more


Information for patients: Vaccines and hair loss
A recent study suggests that hair loss may occur in a few persons who have received vaccinations. This side effect, if confirmed by other studies, would be considered very rare. Other studies to further investigate these findings are underway.  more

Heading off hair-care disasters: Use caution with relaxers and dyes
It's never a good sign when the hairdresser panics. That's what happened to Barbara Cabrera-Avila, 38, when she returned to the salon about six weeks after having her hair straightened a couple of years ago. The cause for alarm: several bald spots in the back of her head.  more

Information for patients: Understanding hair replacement surgery
Because of significant surgical advances with improved results, interest in hair replacement surgery has increased significantly during the past decade. Hair loss affects two out of every three men, and one in five women. Some people begin to lose hair in their twenties. Frequent shampooing, poor circulation, wearing hats or any other personal habits are not factors that cause hair loss. For men, heredity is the major factor in hair loss. For women, hormonal changes, including those that occur in menopause, are mainly responsible for female "pattern changes," which include thinning and loss.  more

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