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”.