The Risk of Smoking and Hair Loss Video

Learn how smoking may be linked to hair loss in Asian men in this medical report.
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Dr. Susan Sharma: This is insidermedicine in 60. From Taipei, smoking may be linked to hair loss in Asian men. Researchers surveying over 700 men for smoking habits, hair loss and other risk factors for alopecia, noted that those who smoked more than 20 cigarettes had twice the risk for hair loss. A dose response was also noted. From the Netherlands, having your tonsils and adenoids removed many not be cost effective. In a study of 300 subjects, half were randomized to receive surgery and the other to watchful waiting. The average cost for those in the surgery group was 46% higher than those in the watchful waiting group with little incremental benefit noted. And finally from California, Phase II results of Avastin, a drug created for the treatment of colorectal cancer, show promise in the management of brain cancer. Over one-third of those with glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive type of brain cancer, achieved remission following treatment with Avastin alone as did nearly one half who used this in combination with chemotherapy. The natural history of this cancer is dismal. For insidermedicine in 60, I'm Dr. Susan Sharma.

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