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The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a COVID drug for the treatment of severe Alopecia.

Olumiant (Baricitinib) is an oral pill used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and COVID-19. Baricitinib, made by Eli Lilly and Company, is the first drug to be approved for the treatment of alopecia in the United States.

Alopecia is an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss as the body's immune system attacks the hair follicles as foreign invaders.

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The condition made headlines after former A-list actor Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock during the 2022 Oscars for joking about actress Jada Pinkett Smith's balding hair.

Jada spoke out about her alopecia for the first time in 2018. But some skeptics suspect she is not being truthful about her diagnosis.

300,000 people in the US suffer from alopecia that causes temporary or permanent hair loss.

On Monday, the FDA announced bricitinib was approved for alopecia. Eli Lilly applied for FDA approval in January.

The drug is available in 2mg or 4mg doses.

The FDA approval was based on the results of 2 clinical trials involving 1,200 adults with severe alopecia.

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After 36 weeks, the group that took 4 mg daily grew back 80 percent of their scalp hair, according to the research results. Those who took 2 mg grew back 40% of their scalp hair.

"Access to safe and effective treatment options is crucial for the significant number of Americans affected by severe alopecia," said Kendall Marcus, MD, in a press release.

Baricitinib also acts as an anti-inflammatory drug for patients diagnosed with COVID-19.

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Bill Maher seemed to take Chris Rock's side after Will Smith slapped the comedian during the 2022 Oscar Awards.

Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) on Friday, nearly a week after The Slap.

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It was theorized that Smith was defending his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith's honor after Rock cracked a joke about Jada's hair loss.

Jada Pinkett Smith previously announced she was diagnosed with alopecia, an autoimmune disorder characterized by shiny bald spots on the scalp.

In his monologue on "Real Time With Bill Maher", the comedian called Smith a "d*ck."

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"I'm not here to humiliate Will Smith. He gets enough of that at home," Maher joked.

Many believe that Jada psychologically manipulated Will Smith over the years, and that he finally snapped.

Maher noted that alopecia is not a deadly illness - and certainly not worth manipulating a man to ruin his own career.

"If you are so lucky in life as to have that be your medical problem, just say 'Thank God,'" Maher told Jada.

"It's not life-threatening. It's part of – for most people, 80% of men, 50% of women – it's part of aging. Aging is, trust me, I know, it's the degradation of the flesh. It happens to all of us. And you know, just put on a f**king wig like everybody else at the Oscars if it bothers you so much."
 

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Will Smith's assault on Oscars host Chris Rock shined a spotlight on Jada Pinkett Smith's medical condition on Sunday.

Smith, 53, walked onstage and slapped host Chris Rock, 57, after the comedian cracked a joke about Pinkett Smith's alopecia (hair loss).

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Pinkett Smith, 50, announced her struggle with hair loss in 2018. She shaved her hair in 2021 after daughter, Willow Smith (2nd from left), had previously shaved her head.

Pinkett Smith frequently discussed her alopecia diagnosis in her popular Facebook series "Red Table Talk."

"My hair has been a big part of me," she said in 2018. "Taking care of my hair has been a beautiful ritual and having the choice to have hair or not. And then one day to be like, 'Oh my god, I might not have that choice anymore.'"

What is Alopecia Areata?

Alopecia areata is caused by the immune system attacking the scalp and hair follicles. The condition is characterized by round or oval smooth, shiny patches of skin on the scalp. Smooth, shiny skin means the hair follicle is destroyed and hair will never grow from the follicle.

Alopecia areata occurs when the immune system mistakes healthy scalp cells for foreign invaders and attacks the scalp and follicles.

Is There a Cure for Alopecia?

There is no cure for alopecia areata but treatment can prevent the disease from progressing to Alopecia Totalis -- total loss of all the hair on the head. A small percentage of people will also suffer total hair loss on their body. Alopecia areata is not contagious and can't spread to others in your family.

Treatment for Alopecia

Treatment for alopecia areata includes steroidal pills, creams or ointments to decrease inflammation. Minoxidil (Rogaine) is used in addition to steroidal creams. Hair growth may return in 8-12 weeks.

Natural treatment includes aromatherapy, acupuncture, microneedling, probiotics, laser therapy, vitamins like zinc and biotin, and aloe vera drinks.

Doctors also recommend applying essential oils like tea tree, rosemary, lavender, and peppermint directly to the scalp.

It's important to dilute essentials oils in a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or almond oil, to minimize irritation to the scalp.
 
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Will Smith lost his cool and slapped presenter Chris Rock during the 2022 Oscar Awards live telecast on Sunday night.

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The A-list actor won his first ever Best Actor Oscar for his performance in "King Richard", but his big achievement was marred when he slapped the Oscar Awards presenter earlier in the evening.

Smith shed tears before apologizing for slapping Rock. "Love will make you do crazy things," he said.

The incident unfolded after Rock cracked a "G.I. Jane" joke about Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith's alopecia, Smith defended his wife's honor by slapping Rock's face.

Rock was momentarily stunned, but he recovered quickly.

"Wow! Wow! Will Smith just smacked the sh*t out of me!" Rock told the stunned audience.

Will sat back down in the front row and yelled, "Keep my wife's name out your f****ing mouth!"

Rock responded, "Wow, dude. It was a G.I. Jane joke."

Smith repeated his warning: "Keep my wife's name out your f****ing mouth!"

"I'm going to, OK?" Rock told the furious actor.

Below is the censored version seen on American TV and the uncensored version that was seen around the world.
 

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Director Tyler Perry (right) shared some advice and encouraging words with Smith afterwards.

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Twitter users guessed that Smith really wanted to slap Laverne Cox for being messy and bringing up his wife's entanglement at the 2022 SAG Awards last month. But Smith played it cool and, instead, took out his frustration on Rock.

Cox made the situation worse by refusing to apologize to the Smiths the next day.

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Jada Pinkett Smith says her daughter WilloW Smith inspired her to shave her head bald.

On Monday, Jada took to Instagram to share a post from Willow's IG page that shows mom and daughter with shaved heads.

She captioned the image: "Willow made me do it because it was time to let go BUT ... my 50's are bout to be Divinely lit with this shed [sic]."

Jada partially shaved her hair in the past amid her ongoing battle with alopecia. Alopecia means a partial or complete loss of hair.

In 2018 Jada told People.com she first realized she was losing her hair while taking a shower.

"It was terrifying when it first started. I was in the shower one day and then just handfuls of hair just in my hands. And I was just like, 'Oh my God, am I going bald?'. It was one of those times in my life where I was literally shaking in fear. That's why I cut my hair, and why I continue to cut it."

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Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley had a lot on her mind the day the Democrats voted to impeach President Donald Trump in December. She told The Root that she lost the last of her hair the night before the vote.

"I was completely bald. And in a matter of hours, was going to have to walk into the House Chamber ... and cast a vote in support of articles of impeachment. And so I didn't have the luxury of mourning what felt like the loss of a limb. It was a moment of transformation, not of my choosing."

Pressley's personal struggles with Alopecia began last fall when she noticed "sinks full of hair" every morning.

Pressley, 45, said she learned she had bald patches on her scalp while getting her hair retwisted. She wore custom lacefront wigs and head wraps to conceal her shame.

She said she lost the last bit of hair at a pivotal time, while juggling her responsibilities on Capitol Hill.

After voting to impeach Trump, Pressley fled the House chamber to hide her shame in a bathroom stall.

"I felt naked, exposed, vulnerable. I felt embarrassed. I felt ashamed I felt betrayed," she said.

Pressley revealed her bald head in her interview with The Root.

Alopecia is patches of hair loss or balding on the scalp caused by tension, pulling, excessive heat for styling tools, fungal and biological infection.

Black women are affected more than any other race or ethnicity due to the stress put on our scalps by hair styles including tight braids and hair extensions applied with glue or sewn in. Also, Black stylists using blow dryers on high heat burns the scalp. Some blow dryers can heat up to 500 degrees!