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Alopecia Areata: The shame and embarrassment of this disease devastates the lives of too many women and girls when treatments do not work. Since 2007 Bald Girls Do Lunch has connected with over 3,000 to restore self-confidence and conquer isolation. With requests for meet-ups in every state and beyond the USA, Bald Girls is answering the plea for women to find others for community and support. From intimate groups to style workshops to restoring her looks, BGDL puts women on the track to normalcy and living well with this disease. Learn more...

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No Slam Dunks

February 5th, 2013 by Chassin

Explaining about research is one of the ways we like to educate about alopecia areata. Quite often recent news from research quarters to alopecia areata sufferers emphasizes that “genes have been discovered” or “genes have been located” or similar  “genes identified” with other autoimmune conditions.  We urge caution in assuming that this means better treatments or cures are right around the corner.

To keep expectations in perspective, take a look at a press release like this one from the NIH  about DNA research. What we want to emphasize to our community today is how important it is to notice the small and indefinite qualifiers in articles about any kind of research such as:  “may lead”, “should help” and “may relate”.