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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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Kamila Valieva of Team Russia made several costly errors during the women's Free Skating event at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games in China on Wednesday.

The 15-year-old was favored to win the gold medal in women's figure skating, but her "uncharacteristic" mistakes left her in fourth place. Beijing Olympics officials had said they would not hold a medal ceremony if she came in 1st through 3rd place.

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The visibly distraught teen buried her face in her hands and sobbed uncontrollably while being consoled by "Kiss & Cry" officials.

Her Russian teammate Anna Shcherbakova won the gold in the free skating event.

Russian teammate Alexandra Trusova and Japan's Kaori Sakamoto (who won silver and bronze, respectively) both cried, while Shcherbakova stood alone for several minutes, unsure of what to do.
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Valieva made headlines after she tested positive for the banned heart medicine trimetazidine.

Trimetazidine is an anti-angina medication that is prescribed for chest pain caused by lack of blood flow and oxygen to the heart.

The drug is banned because it gives athletes an advantage by elevating the heart rate, thus increasing blood flow and oxygen to the heart muscle.

Valieva claimed the banned drug got into her system when she drank from the same cup as her grandfather, who was prescribed the medication.

However, medical experts told PEOPLE that it was "highly unlikely" that the tiny amount of medication on her grandfather's lips would be enough to get into her system and be detected by sensitive lab equipment.

Despite testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, Valieva was allowed to compete in the Beijing Olympics.

The Court of Arbitration for sport, which cleared Valieva to compete, said preventing the teen from competing "would cause her irreparable harm" due to her age.

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But American track star Sha'Carri Richardson was unsympathetic. Richardson tested positive for marijuana use and was banned from competing at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo (held in 2021 due to the pandemic).

Richardson, who is Black, claimed a double standard and suggested the only difference in their cases was the color of her skin.

However, Mark Adams, the spokesman for the International Olympic Committee, insisted the two cases are very different.

"Every single case is very different. [Richardson] tested positive on June 19 (2021), quite a way ahead of the Tokyo Games," Adams said. "Ms Richardson accepted a one month period of ineligibility which began on June 28. I would suggest that there isn't a great deal of similarity between the two cases," he added.

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Olympic track star Sha'Carri Richardson famously failed a drug test prior to the Olympics in 2020, and was not allowed to compete.

Richardson, 21, was favored to win a gold medal in the women's 100 meters at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo and had blown away her competition at the U.S. Olympic trials.

But her dreams of Olympic gold ended after she tested positive for cannabis.

Meanwhile, 15-year-old Kamila Valieva, a Russian who is favored to take home the gold medal in figure skating, was cleared to compete at the Beijing Olympics in China after she tested positive for the banned heart medication Trimetazidine.

Trimetazidine, an anti-angina medication that is prescribed for chest pain, is banned because it improves performance by increasing the heart rate. The International Olympic Committee ruled the banned drug gives athletes an unfair edge over their competition.

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Richardson noted the similarities between herself and Valieva — and that only one of them was cleared to compete.

"The only difference I see is I'm a black young lady," she tweeted on Monday.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport, which cleared Valieva to compete, said the teen's age was one of the factors in its decision and that banning her "would cause her irreparable harm."

Richardson and other American athletes were unsympathetic to Valieva's plight.

"You have athletes that are competing under two different systems, and we saw that today," tweeted former figure skater Ashley Wagner. "THAT is not fair, raise the age minimum so we can all play on the same terms. This is not the call," continued Wagner, who won a bronze medal with the U.S. team in 2014.

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Three women in Charlotte, NC claim they failed drug tests and lost their jobs after drinking a popular weight loss tea.

According to WSOC, the three Black women filed a class action lawsuit against Total Life Changes (TLC) company that makes the Iaso raspberry lemonade flavored tea.

The women claim the raspberry lemonade flavored tea contains THC, the main ingredient in marijuana.

One woman consumed the tea after seeing ads for TLC and talking to a friend who was selling the Iaso Tea.

After applying for worker's comp following an injury on her job, the woman was surprised when the company asked her how long she had been using marijuana.

"She was like, 'How long have you been using marijuana?' And I said, 'What? Marijuana? No, I don't do drugs. I'm an advocate. I'm in minister classes. I'm writing a book. I'm doing all of this positive stuff in my community."

She added: "I told him it says '0.0 THC.' This is what I've been taking. I do not do drugs. They escorted me to HR and HR took my badge and I'm in tears."

TLC's owner Jack Fallon told WSOC that third party manufacturers were to blame for the tainted tea.

"We use third-party manufacturers all over the world. We trusted them and obviously we got let down in some of these instances," he said.

TLC's website no longer states "0.0% THC." The product description now contains this added line: "We do not recommend use if you are subject to drug testing."

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Sha'Carri Richardson's name was left off the roster for the 4x100 relay team at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The American sprinter received a 30-day suspension for a failed drug test after she won the 100-meter dash at the U.S. trials in Eugene, Oregon last month.

Richardson tested positive for THC, an ingredient found in marijuana. The positive test meant she would lose her spot on Team USA's 100-meter dash.

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The 21-year-old held out hope that she would still be part of the 4x100 relay team since her suspension was up before the start of the relays on Aug. 4.

However, her name was left off the roster USATF released on Tuesday.

Richardson received the bad news over the weekend. She sent out a series of tweets that suggested she didn't take the news well.

Richardson told her followers the Olympic Games will not be the same without her.

"The support [from] my community I thank y'all, the negative [people] forget y'all and enjoy the games because we all know it won't be the same... I'm sorry, I can't be y'all Olympic Champ this year but I promise I'll be your World Champ next year... All these perfect people that know how to live life, I'm glad I'm not one of them!"

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American sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson apologized to her fans for failing a drug test, that resulted in a 30-day suspension.

A source tells NBC that Richardson tested positive for THC, the main ingredient in marijuana, after she won the 100-meter dash at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon last month.

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The positive test result means Richardson won't be allowed to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games which kicks off on July 23 in Japan.

The 21-year-old Dallas native issued an apology on NBC's "Today" show on Friday morning. "I want to take responsibility for my actions. I know what I did. I know what I'm supposed to do. I know what I'm allowed not to do, and I still made that decision."

Richardson blamed her mother's sudden death last month for her lapse in good judgment. She said learning of her mother's death sent her into a state of "emotional panic."

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Richardson, who was raised by her aunt and grandmother, added:

"(I'm) not making an excuse or looking for any empathy in my case, but, however, being in that position in my life, finding out something like that, something that I would say is probably one of the biggest things that have impacted me ... that definitely was a very heavy topic on me. I greatly apologize if I let you guys down, and I did."

She dismissed rumors that she used performance-enhancing steroids. "It's never been a steroid. It will never be a steroid."

"Don't judge me because I am human. I'm you, I just happen to run a little faster."

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American sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson may miss the Tokyo Olympic Games this month after she reportedly tested positive for a prohibited substance.

According to The Jamaican Gleaner, Richardson, 21, tested positive for cannabis, aka marijuana, and could miss her chance to win a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games which kicks off on July 23 in Japan.

Richardson faces a 30-day suspension from international competition.

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She has already withdrawn from a track and field meet in Stockholm, where she was scheduled to run in the 200-meter race.

Speculation ran rampant on social media that Richardson tested positive for performance enhancing drugs such as steroids.

However, it was reported by Reuters on Thursday that Richardson tested positive for cannabis at the U.S. Trials in Eugene, Oregon last month.

Richardson won the women's 100-meter dash in 10.86 seconds at the U.S. Trials.

Reuters also reported that the U.S trials' 4th place finisher Jenna Prandini was already asked to fill in the third spot on the USA Olympic team if Richardson is disqualified.

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Richardson's agent, Renaldo Nehemiah, former NFL star and record holder in the 110 meters, did not respond to Reuters' request for a comment.

The news prompted anger on social media. Many users questioned why Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps was allowed to compete in the Olympics after he admitted to smoking marijuana in 2009.

Phelps was suspended for 6 months in February 2009, but his suspension occurred during the off-season.

Donell "DJ" Cooper was suspended by The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) when a urine drug test revealed he was pregnant. Cooper, who was not selected in the 2013 NBA draft, was playing for a pro team in France when his urine test revealed he was with child.

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