Hair loss

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James Gallagher

Health and science correspondent, BBC News

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A South African dermatologist's study suggests that one type of hair loss among women of African descent could be genetic, reports IOL news.

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Chemical straightening, braids and heat combs are often blamed for hair loss.

But Professor Ncoza Dlova's study showed that the gene which helps hair shaft growth had mutated in women with the type of hair loss that radiates outwards from the centre of the crown. This mutation causes destruction of the hair follicles leading to scarring and permanent hair loss.

She made the breakthrough after she followed 15 families for five years, Heath24 adds.

“This has huge implications on early diagnosis, prevention and possible future targeted therapy of CCCA [Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia]” the news site quoted her as saying.

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