The compelling results of a huge study has been shared with the medical community, it points to a link between female baldness and the development of fibroids in the uterus.
John Hopkins University
We have reported on stories coming out of this famous university before. As a centre of excellence for biomedical engineering they are regularly responsible for throwing light on hair loss. Earlier this year we reported on their published study looking at the effect of trichorrexhis nodosa (TN), a condition which primarily affects women of colour. You can see that article by clicking here
Their latest published study, in the JAMA Dermatology Journal, on hair loss again relates to women of colour, it took advantage of the patient records of nearly half a million African American women over the age of 18. They compared the results of women who had developed a hair loss condition called Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA) with those who had not developed the condition. CCCA predominantly affects women of colour and is the most common form of permanent alopecia in this population. The scarring associated with CCCA is similar to the scarring seen with excess fibrous tissue elsewhere in the body so the study set out to establish what, if any, links existed.
In pure numbers, 16,212 of the 487,104 women studied had uterine fibroids - where excess fibrous tissue had built up on the uterus wall. This equated to 13.9% of the women who presented with CCCA but only 3.3% of women who did not. A statistically significant fivefold increase in risk.
Crystal Aguh, author of the study, called on physicians who treat women with CCCA to make patients aware that the condition means they are at increased risk for fibroids and should be screened for that condition... especially if they suffer from heavy bleeding and/or pain.
HIS Hair Clinic
We like that John Hopkins, a world-leading university, spends its energy looking at the subject closest to our heart - even more that it has been looking at the problem as it affects women, and women of colour too! The results of this study will inform the medical community and contribute to improving outcomes.
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