• iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorApproximately 6.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from alopecia areata, an auto-immune condition in which the immune system attacks a person’s own hair follicles, causing them to lose big patches of hair or even go completely bald.But now, new research is showing an arthritis drug called XELJANZ may help some people with alopecia regrow hair. The theory is that the drug blocks inflammation that destroys the hair follicle. A few words of caution: The drug is expensive and can cause side effects such as a weakened immune system or tears in the lining of the intestinal tract.Other causes of thinning hair can be helped by shampoos, platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections into the scalp, supplements or light caps.
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  • Courtesy Matt Hanneken(GLEN BURNIE, Md.) -- When one baby saw her parents kissing in front of her, she broke down in a fit of tears.Thankfully, the tears subsided when 5-month-old Ella's parents kissed her on her cheeks.Proud father Matt Hanneken told ABC News that it's a bedtime ritual that he and his wife, Krissy, have with each of their kids. The two are also parents to Tyler, 8, and Carter, 5."We would kind of kiss them at the same time every night before going to sleep, and [the boys] would get a kick out of it and they'd laugh and they'd love it," he recalled.The Glen Burnie, Maryland, father noted that his daughter Ella also seemed to love the routine, except for on this fateful day on Oct. 3."This particular night, she started to give us that look. My wife said, 'She must be off her game tonight,'" Matt Hanneken recalled, saying that's when his wife grabbed the camera to record the hilarious reaction.Now when the parents kiss Ella good night "she's all giggles and all smiles."Matt Hanneken said he's glad the video of his daughter went viral because it's important that parents teach their kids how to love."Love is an expression," he continued. "For kids to know that they're loved, they need to see it, they need to experience it so then they can show it to others as well."
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  • Courtesy Kate Douglas (NEW YORK) --  One man's online ode to his stay-at-home wife, the mother of his two boys, has the internet swooning.Scott Douglas wrote a note to his wife after what she called "a hard day" with her two boys. Kate Douglas shared the note in a post on Facebook. Since then, it has been shared more than 11,000 times. The Newcastle, Australia, mom became "very emotional" when she saw the post, she told ABC News."I was in a room full of mums when I read it; who were also all in tears,” she added. “It was just what I needed to hear at that moment."Since the post went viral, Kate Douglas said, she has been surprised by "mums who say that they have never felt appreciated by their other half."The comments on the post are overwhelmingly positive. "Wow! You have a king! So nice to know that a man actually realizes what we do all day! We NEVER clock off! He is a keeper," Lisa Compagne wrote."This bloke is an incredible role model for his sons,” Pauline Matejczuk wrote. “They can't fail with his attitude.”Scott Douglas is "surprised" by the reaction to his tribute, he told ABC News."I think it has resonated so well because any type of mother, whether working or stay-at-home put so much pressure on themselves to make sure the household stays in order and the kids have everything they need,” he said.“Then when a bad day comes along they question themselves. I think with what I wrote has let them know they are not alone by having those days but also there are positives in those days, and to be appreciated for the bad days is very rewarding for them too."Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The founder of a fringe "church" who had claimed a chemical solution could cure virtually any disease, from autism to cancer to herpes, said he takes it back -- just days after ABC News tracked him down in Mexico to ask about the dangerous game prosecutors say his church is playing with desperate people."There are certainly times I have said some things that I probably should have said differently. For lack of a better way to express things at the time -- or because others put words in my mouth, in the past I have stated that MMS cures most of all diseases. Today, I say that MMS cures nothing!" Jim Humble, founder and archbishop of the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, wrote in a newsletter posted on the church's website Thursday.But while federal prosecutors say MMS, Miracle Mineral Solution, is really just industrial bleach, Humble maintained in his note that it, along with "various other important health tools," can "combat the ill effects of poor foods, and chemicals that make us sick."U.S. officials and medical experts told ABC News that it's the MMS that can make people very sick, as shown Friday on ABC News "20/20"."They might as well be selling Clorox," said Ben Mizer of the Department of Justice, who indicted four people for selling the stuff in Nevada in 2013. "You wouldn't drink Clorox, so there is no reason to drink MMS."Humble and other church officials in the U.S. and around the world have marketed MMS as a miracle cure or treatment online and at weekend seminars, held up as a way to overcome breast cancer or childhood autism. ABC News was there at one of the seminars presided over by a church archbishop, Mark Grenon."HIV. I wish everyone had HIV, and that's all the disease we had to deal with. We'd get rid of that quick. Easy," Grenon said at one point. And later: "So what would you use this for? The cancer, Lyme disease, Parkinson's. Stuff that's taking a long time to heal. Usually within three to six months, they're fine."Outside that conference, ABC News asked Grenon about his claims. He denied that the church was doing anything wrong, stood by the claims MMS can cure diseases and accused an ABC News reporter of being an "actor" and "pawn" of the pharmaceutical industry.Humble was more difficult to track down, but ABC News eventually found him living in a small town outside Guadalajara, Mexico, outside the reach of American law. There, Humble maintained that MMS should be given to women with breast cancer and children with autism. When asked about allegations that he was just a con man, Humble said they "ain't true."The newsletter with Humble's apparent dramatic reversal on the "cure" claims came this week amid a flood of emails into an ABC News reporter's inbox from MMS supporters -- hundreds of emails that came in the wake of ABC News' first online report Wednesday calling it and later reports lies."MMS saved my life," wrote one person from Malaysia. Another man from Michigan wrote, "I have been using MMS for 10 [years] now and it has helped me with my health in several different ways ranging from the common cold to eliminating cancer." One woman added, "Whenever my dogs looked really sick, MMS has helped to cure the sickness sometimes immediately."More than 500 people reached out to the ABC News producer to tell their stories of using MMS, many, like Grenon, accusing ABC News of being beholden to "big pharma.""You need to get a real job," wrote one Humble follower. "You need to stop harassing wonderful, honest hearted, good people like Jim Humble. You need to stop the lies and wake up."It's unclear what the reaction inside the pro-MMS community was to Humble's recantation.
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  • ABCNews.com(WEST ORANGE, N.J.) -- The moment when Alexis McClure realized that her twin sister Ava was one minute older than her has captured the Internet's attention -- because it's just so darn cute.In the video, which has gone viral on social media, Alexis is listening to her mother, Ami, inform her that her sister is older."Ava was born one minute older than Alexis; one minute," Ami says in the video."But I want to be older," Alexis says with faux tears in her eyes."You're one minute younger, you don't have to cry," her mother says, trying to comfort her. Then her big sister also tries to comfort her saying, "I'm just one minute older. That's it!" Then the hugs come and our hearts melt."I want to grow," Alexis tearfully pushes out as her mother laughs.The twin girls' father Justin told ABC News that he and his wife of one year started a YouTube channel for their girls as a way to spread positivity."I used to be a comedian and a writer," the West Orange, New Jersey, dad continued. "I don't do that anymore because I laugh way more just being a dad that I ever would just being an adult on my own."Justin, 42, now spends his time working at a law firm and photographing his daughters."We're a modern family that embraces culture," he said, noting that his wife is Nigerian while he hails from North Georgia."All along we've tried to be a family that brings joy, especially in this time when there's so much negativity," Justin added.
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  • Josh Sundquist(NEW YORK) --  One amputee took a page out of a fairytale this Halloween.Josh Sundquist, who had his left leg amputated after being diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer at the age of 9, is dressing up as Lumière from "Beauty and the Beast."A photo of the Santa Monica, California, man as the animated candlestick is now going viral online. In an Instagram caption, Sundquist wrote, "Want to see my #HalloweenCostume? Be my guest." Sundquist, 32, told ABC News he's been brainstorming his Halloween costume for about three months. He keeps a running list of ideas on his phone.The motivational speaker gets help from his assistant, Lisa McLaughlin, to create his costumes each year, which have gone viral before."They're pretty time-consuming," he said. "But Lisa basically builds them from scratch. She's incredibly good at crafting."  McLaughlin spent weeks creating Lumière.According to Sundquist, McLaughlin purchased a metallic gold morph suit. Next, the base was made out of papier-mâché and covered with gold fabric. The candle holder was made out of decorative tubes -- or poster board glued into a cylinder -- topped with clay to create the illusion of dripping wax."On my face is a silicon nose that I bought on Amazon and clown makeup," Sundquist added.  Previously, Sundquist has dressed up as the Gingerbread Man, an IHOP sign and even a pink flamingo.
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