Kyle Rhodes loves to consider the possibilities: He could sport a long, full Viking beard, or maybe grow a mullet like his favorite 1980s hockey players. Or he could get something nice and clean like George Clooney’s signature 1990s Caesar haircut.
They’re all choices he’s never had before — he was diagnosed with alopecia areata at age 2, and the hair on his head started falling out in patches. By 18, he’d lost all the hair on his head and body.
One day his doctor at Yale University had a thought: Since Rhodes’ hair loss was caused by an autoimmune disease, why not try a treatment used for another autoimmune disorder? He chose the drug Xeljanz, which is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
Eight months later, Rhodes had a full head of hair. His eyebrows and eyelashes grew back, as did the rest of the hair on his body.
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