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AAAF Instagram competition April 15 – April 30 2016
Create an Alopecia-inspired meme and post it to your Instagram account with #AAAFmemecomp from the 15th to the 30th of April. Potential bragging rights aren’t the only things up for grabs AAAF will be awarding the winner with a $100 Visa Gift Card and the two runners-up with $50 gift cards.
This competition could decide who is the funniest friend or family member once and for all, so submit as many memes as you want. In order to be considered for the prizes and the prestigious title of ‘Best Alopecia Meme-Maker,’ you must like the competition post on Facebook, follow us on Instagram @alopeciaaaaf and set your account to public so we can see your creations. You can also send it to us at media@aaaf.org.au and we will post it, however you won’t be eligible for the prizes. See our website for more details. http://www.aaaf.org.au/event/aaaf-instagram-competition/ This is a great opportunity to get the word out about Alopecia. We want to spread the AAAF love, build our community and most importantly have some laughs.

Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation Inc.

Alopecia Areata is believed to be an immunological disease under genetic control, which disrupts the normal biology of the hair follicle. For more than 30 years, leading Dermatologists around the world have been studying hair growth patterns, genetic and immune theories, striving for a cure and an acceptable treatment for Alopecia Areata.

Today there is no cure! Today the treatments vary! Today we have hope!

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Promote positive image and respect for Alopecia Areata sufferers.
Assist individuals and families with coping strategies to live with Alopecia Areata.
Provide strategies against bullying / name calling.
Provide opportunities for Alopecia Areata sufferers to have a voice and participate in their communities
Increase awareness into our community about all forms of Alopecia Areata.
Attend schools to inform parents and school communities on the disease.
Raise funds into medical and psychological research.

JuliaWilsonJulia: Having Alopecia doesn’t have to be just bearable or just manageable. It will be part of you, but you can move on and it will not define you!
CatherineGrantCatherine - 21: Whether I have hair or not I am always thankful for what I have, rather on concentrating on what I don't have.
HeidiAHeidi: Alopecia isn’t something we should feel embarrassed or ashamed about.
stefStef: 16, telling her story through a poem.
camCam O'Rourke: 12, I first got AA in early 2010. It was a massive shock because it started off as just one tiny patch, and in about four weeks, it had all gone, apart from a couple of tiny patches.
MichelleMichelle: hair loss is something to be embraced. I'm ready for openness; I'm ready for people to be challenged; and I'm ready for bald women to feel empowered. I don't want to spend my life merely surviving as a bald woman. I'd much prefer to live.
SarahPSarah P: I’ve had ups and downs, I’ve been self conscious and I’ve been brave. I don’t know where I will be this time next year, or what my head will look like. But it’s an adventure, and its all part of my story.
JamesMillerJames Miller: Imagine you are 10 years old, and one morning you wake up to find you have a bald patch at the back of your head the size of a golf ball,this is what happened to me.
StellaStella 10 …..I’m VERY happy now in my school and I have a great family and friends and I’m happy to live a very bald and happy life!!!!!
Alex_WebAlex: Alison tells her story on son Alex ……We have a resilient, positive, strong willed young man. He may not have hair but he is healthy, wealthy and wise otherwise in his life – That’s the greatest gift of all!

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A big thank you to Hayley who, after four long years growing her hair, has cut and donated it to support Wigs For Kids. ...

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Alopecia areata (AA) clinical trial using topical Janus Kinase (JAK) Inhibitors
Janus Kinase (JAK) inhibitors inhibit the activity of the JAK enzymes. These JAK enzymes are involved in signal transduction, which plays a role in cytokine signalling. Cytokine signalling controls the growth of cells and the immune response. It is this immune response that causes AA.
To date, there have not been any studies that look at whether the JAK inhibitor ointments, when applied to the skin, work for Alopecia Areata Totalis. However, studies investigating efficacy of JAK inhibitors, taken in tablet form, show excellent results in clinic. Our study looked at the effectiveness of topical Janus Kinase (JAK) inhibitors, specifically Ruxolitinib and Tofacitinib in potentially regrowing hair. This study is a double- blind placebo controlled, prospective clinical trial comparing 1% Ruxolitinib ointment, 2% Tofacitinib ointment, 0.05% betamethasone diproprionate (an ultra-potent topical corticosteroid) ointment-to-ointment base. A total of four ointments, including a base ointment, was provided to participants in 1 gram unlabelled tubes (Tube A,B,C & D) to apply twice daily for 12 weeks. Applications were on four different areas: left and right eyebrows as well as left and right parietal scalp (above the ears).
Our preliminary results suggest promising outcomes for the use of JAK inhibitors in regrowing hair. A total of sixteen patients were successfully recruited into the trial and put on medication. 30% of patients reported spontaneous hair regrowth in both treatment areas and scalp. One patient reported complete regrowth of scalp hair and eyebrows. Regrowth is maintained 12 weeks after medication have completed. Areas treated with 2% Tofacitinib have demonstrated marginally better regrowth in comparison to 1% Ruxolitinib. In addition, 0.05% Betamethasone diproprionate (corticosteroid) have shown to result in hair regrowth in some of these patients. We are currently in the final stages of the study and in the process of analysing results.
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Little Ani, aged five, has been growing her hair for a year in order to donate it and help support Wigs for Kids. Now, this little star is running a fundraiser to support her as she cuts her long locks to help other children who have lost their hair.

"In 2014 my 4yr old saw a young girl with no hair. This prompted many questions and ended with her wanting to give her hair to another child. My daughter has just turned 5 and her hair is now long enough so she will be donating her waist length hair to Wigs for Kids on 25 June as well as fundraising for AAAF. So far she has exceeded her goal of $700 and is now hoping to hit $1000 before she gets her hair cut. So proud of her for being so socially aware and wanting to help make a difference."

What an amazing and generous effort Ani! We couldn't thank you enough!

Can our supporters help Ani make it to her $1000 goal??

makingadifference.gofundraise.com.au/page/AnnabelleLyons
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A big AAAF thanks to Emily who has donated 35cm of her gorgeous long locks to help support children with Alopecia! We hope you love the new look Emily! ...

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