Key insight: Immune cells do much more than fight disease — and understanding their work in the skin could spark the development of new drugs to treat baldness.

A California dermatologist studying how wounds heal has stumbled upon a striking new insight into baldness — a discovery that could, perhaps, pave the way for a new generation of drugs to treat hair loss.

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  • This makes sense to me — I have suffered from Hashimoto’s syndrome (immune system attack on thyroid gland) and other autoimmune issues for 30 years. During that time I have also suffered from hair loss. My hairdresser tells me most people she sees with thinning hair also have immune system thyroid disorder. We need more work in this area for those of us with immune system problems.

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