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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1995
Q: Why do people, especially men, go bald? A: Scientists do not fully understand the balding process, but it is clearly a combination of aging, male hormones and heredity. In people who inherit the as-yet-unknown gene for baldness, hair follicles shrink with age until they produce only very thin, nearly invisible hairs. This shrinking process requires the presence of the male hormone testosterone, which is why male-pattern baldness affects mostly males. In the absence of testosterone--as in males who have been castrated--a full head of hair remains even when there is a family history of baldness.
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March 25, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A Colorado third-grader whose freshly shaved head violated her school's dress code will be granted a waiver from the policy because of extraordinary circumstances -- the fact that she cut off her hair to empathize with a cancer-stricken friend. After a closed-door discussion, the board of directors for Caprock Academy in Grand Junction said they voted 3-1 Tuesday night to exempt Kamryn Renfro from the no-shaved-heads rule. "Compassion and selfless acts of courage are to be commended and encouraged -- in children and in adults," the board said in a statement after announcing the decision.
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NEWS
March 21, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
In mice and men, baldness is a scourge that cries out for a cure. Fortunately, a far-flung group of American researchers is on it - and on Wednesday reported progress on this front in the very sober journal Science Translational Medicine. Plucking hair follicles from the pates of 22 men with male-pattern baldness(think George Constanza here) and an army of mice, researchers detected a key difference between patches where hair was growing and patches where it was thinning or bald: In humans, a prostaglandin called PGD2 was far more plentiful in areas of the pate that were bald than in patches where hair continued to grow; and in mice, the same prostaglandin was in large supply when they were in the shedding phase of their normal hair follicle cycle.  The team was led by dermatologist Luis Garza (then of the University of Pennsylvania, now at Johns Hopkins University)
NATIONAL
December 28, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
SALT LAKE CITY - Buz Marthaler felt the once-proud aerial predator fall limp in his arms, and the veteran animal caretaker knew he was facing a mystery unlike any in his career. Bald eagles are dying in Utah - 20 in the last few weeks alone - and nobody can figure out why. Hundreds of the majestic birds - many with wing spans of 7 feet or more - migrate here each winter, gathering along the Great Salt Lake and feasting on carp and other fish that swim in the nearby freshwater bays.
BUSINESS
November 14, 1997 | From Washington Post
A cure for baldness--in a pill? That tantalizing possibility may have moved a step closer to reality Thursday when a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee reviewed a drug that Merck & Co. wants to market for baldness. The drug, finasteride, would be marketed under the brand name Propecia if approved by the FDA. The drug has been shown in clinical trials to prevent further hair loss and increase hair growth in many users.
NEWS
September 14, 1989 | RICHARD SANDOMIR, Sandomir is a free-lance writer and author of the coming book, "Bald Like Me."
"C'mon, bring your bald head over here," roars John T. Capps III as I enter the Holiday Inn. With six other baldies, I face the lobby's wall-size mirror as we pose for a Philadelphia TV station. Between our heads and the lights, there's plenty of glare. Capps exhorts us to rub our domes in unison and chant: "Hip-hip! Bald is beautiful! Bald is beautiful! Bald is beautiful!" As Capps choreographs our movements, he takes phone calls from the news media.
NEWS
October 29, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Researchers using mice to examine a pesticide's effects on skin cancer also developed data they say indicates baldness may be linked to the presence of a female hormone, not the absence of a male one. Dr. Robert Smart and graduate assistant Hye-Sun Oh at North Carolina State University in Raleigh were studying the pesticide's impact when they found that the shaved skin of mice grew hair when treated with an estrogen blocker.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1988
A University of Miami researcher says that the biochemical cause of male baldness has been found, but a cure for the hair loss problem will require more study. Dr. Marty E. Sawaya, a researcher at the University of Miami School of Medicine, said last week that she and her colleagues have isolated specific proteins involved in the balding process by studying tissue taken from the scalps of men undergoing scalp surgery.
NEWS
March 16, 1987 | United Press International
An advisory committee today recommended Food and Drug Administration approval of a drug that can help alleviate baldness, although some members expressed skepticism over how many people would benefit. The unanimous recommendation by the five-member committee is viewed as a forerunner of formal FDA approval in a few months. The Upjohn Co.
NEWS
November 7, 1988 | Associated Press
Experts are baffled by a mysterious ailment that is causing dozens of children in a Ukrainian town to go bald. Residents are beginning to panic, the newspaper Socialist Industry reported Sunday. Soviet media say at least 82 children have been affected. The reports say the children--infants to those aged 15--have suffered no other unusual effects. The town, Chernovtsy, is near the Romanian border, about 200 miles from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Michael Sheen awoke early Thursday to a pleasant surprise: a Golden Globe nomination for his role on the Showtime series “Masters of Sex.” Playing influential sexologist Bill Masters on the freshman drama is both familiar territory and an exciting challenge for the Welsh actor, who'd never before had a regular part on a television series but who has come to be known for portraying real-life figures - most notably former Prime Minister Tony Blair,...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2013 | From KTLA
Calling all birdwatchers: National forest officials are asking for volunteers to help count bald eagles in the San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains this winter. Starting on Dec. 21, forest rangers will hold monthly get-togethers, where volunteers can meet in the mountains, grab a pair of binoculars and help observe the once-endangered national bird. According to the U.S. Forest Service, counting events help authorities monitor the bald eagle population - which was close to extinction three decades ago - and track which areas are most populous.
NATIONAL
December 6, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - In a decision that highlights the clash between two cherished environmental goals - producing green energy and preserving protected wildlife - federal officials announced Friday that some wind power companies will be allowed to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty. Conservation groups decried the Obama administration's new regulation as a "stunningly bad move" for wildlife, but wind industry officials said Friday that the rules from the Department of the Interior were far from a "free ride.
SCIENCE
October 21, 2013 | By Monte Morin
In a feat that may provide hope to men and women who suffer from hair loss, researchers said they had successfully grown hair follicles in human flesh using implanted donor cells. While rodents have the ability to regenerate lost hair, scientists have so far been unable to trigger re-growth in humans. Instead, they traditionally treat hair loss by removing hair follicles from the back of a patient's head and transplanting them to another area of the scalp. Now, in a study published Monday in the journal PNAS , researchers used lab methods to simulate the behavior of rodent cells in order to induce hair growth in human flesh.
NEWS
August 29, 2013 | By Nika Soon-Shiong
YouTube sensation Talia Castellano moved more than 14.5 million viewers with her makeup tutorials and message “to just keep swimming,” as she famously said in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres in September 2012. The honorary CoverGirl was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, cancer of the nervous system, at only 7 years old. She made bald beautiful when she started posting YouTube videos to express her love of makeup, which she wore in lieu of a wig - Talia hoped to inspire others with her self-confidence.
NEWS
July 25, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
As I was leaving the house this morning, I caught a brief "Today" show segment about a bunch of people who shaved their heads to show solidarity for a leukemia patient. Although this thoughtful gesture of support is hardly novel, what made it noteworthy was that one of those going all chrome dome was George H.W. Bush. The back story is that the 2-year-old patient Jason is the son of a member of Bush's Secret Service detail. When the toddler started to lose his hair because of treatments to battle the disease, his dad's co-workers -- and the 89-year-old former commander-in-chief -- decided to lose their locks as a show of support.
NEWS
February 24, 1993 | From Associated Press
Men losing their hair should look to their hearts. A study found that 21- to 55-year-old men who were severely bald at the top were three times more likely to suffer heart attacks than those with full heads of hair. Men with mild to moderate baldness on top had about a 1 1/2 times greater risk. Men with receding hairlines--even severely receding hairlines--but no baldness on top faced no increased risk.
NEWS
December 23, 1997 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first-ever pill to fight baldness, providing another rare weapon for man's seemingly endless battle against hair loss. The new pill, called Propecia, is manufactured by Merck & Co. of West Point, Pa., and is expected to cost about $45 a month. It will be available by prescription in mid-January. It helps male pattern baldness only--promoting hair growth mostly on the top of the head and the front mid-scalp areas. "This is real hair," Dr.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2012 | By Charlotte Stoudt
It looks like “Mad Men,” but you'd never catch Don Draper at this shindig. The City Garage staging of Eugene Ionesco's midcentury absurdist farce “The Bald Soprano: A Christmas Anti-Play” has all the ingredients for intoxication but goes down like one of Sally's Shirley Temples - it's a classic but lacks a certain kick. This is the world of low-profile sofas, smoking jackets and the screeching charm of the bourgeoisie. Somewhere in the Parisian suburbs, Mr. and Mrs. Smith (Jeff Atik and David E. Frank)
NEWS
November 6, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Visibly aging but young at heart?  Don't count on it, suggested researchers Tuesday.  In a study following more than 10,000 people over 35 years, the presence of visible signs of aging signaled an increased risk of heart attack and heart disease. The research was presented at the American Heart Assn.'s Scientific Sessions in Los Angeles and was conducted in Denmark by University of Copenhagen biochemist Dr. Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen and colleagues. The team analyzed data collected from participants in a large study of heart disease, noting whether subjects developed heart disease and also whether they had any of six signs of aging: baldness at the crown of the head, receding hairline at the temples, gray hair, wrinkles, earlobe crease and fatty deposits around the eyelids.
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