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(Fox News)   Early balding may be linked to Lou Gehrig's Disease. In other news, gambling, denial and an incredibly bad haircut may be linked to Pete Rose's disease   (foxnews.com) divider line 15
    More: Scary, ALS, motor neurons, incurable, American Journal of Epidemiology  
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2013-08-26 09:27:16 AM  
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2013-08-26 09:55:34 AM  
FTA:  "Men who show signs of early balding may be at an increased risk of the rare but incurable disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)...The researchers looked at more than 50,000 men ages 46 to 81, and asked them to recall the shape of their hairline at age 45"

Balding at 45 is considered early?  I was noticeably balding in my early 20s...I'll be dead from ALS within the week.
 
2013-08-26 10:02:41 AM  
My dad died from ALS at the age of 49.  Full head of hair.  I'm not quite sure how this new information is useful.  Are we gonna start testing all baldies for a incredibly rare disease?
 
2013-08-26 10:45:02 AM  
Wow, a correlation.

Most of my dad's side of the family is bald; some went bald quite early. I was mostly bald by 30. No family history of ALS, thank God.

But I wouldn't be a bit surprised if this news leads insurance providers to bump my rates yet again, because who's going to stop them?
 
2013-08-26 10:58:01 AM  
I was losing my hair before I graduated high school.  Guess my number's up next.
 
2013-08-26 11:00:48 AM  
I just blamed my hair loss in my thirties to being married to a total biatch..
 
2013-08-26 11:18:10 AM  
The Navy initiated my balding, and after I got out it somehow stopped. The damage had been done though...
 
2013-08-26 11:21:12 AM  
This seems like a silly correlation to make.  Balding is incredibly common.  ALS is not.  This information doesn't seem to be particularly useful in gaining new insight into the disease.
 
2013-08-26 12:11:36 PM  

CreativeFarkHandle: This seems like a silly correlation to make.  Balding is incredibly common.  ALS is not.  This information doesn't seem to be particularly useful in gaining new insight into the disease.


And yet, there's something statistically significant going on -- the rate among baldies is much higher. This doesn't say anything, though, about whether it's a common balding factor that raises the risk a little bit for all baldies, or whether it's a very rare (and yet-unisolated) balding factor that is much more closely correlated.

This does NOT mean, though, that if your hair is falling out you should start wearing a tinfoil hat to protect yourself from the ALS rays.
 
2013-08-26 12:11:50 PM  

guestguy: FTA:  "Men who show signs of early balding may be at an increased risk of the rare but incurable disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)...The researchers looked at more than 50,000 men ages 46 to 81, and asked them to recall the shape of their hairline at age 45"

Balding at 45 is considered early?  I was noticeably balding in my early 20s...I'll be dead from ALS within the week.


Can I have your stuff?
 
2013-08-26 12:57:41 PM  
Hopefully this drives a cure for baldness once and for all.
 
2013-08-26 01:23:42 PM  

RedPhoenix122: guestguy: FTA:  "Men who show signs of early balding may be at an increased risk of the rare but incurable disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)...The researchers looked at more than 50,000 men ages 46 to 81, and asked them to recall the shape of their hairline at age 45"

Balding at 45 is considered early?  I was noticeably balding in my early 20s...I'll be dead from ALS within the week.

Can I have your stuff?


I'm going to be buried with my stuff, and my tomb will be guarded by all manner of impractical deadly obstacles including (but not limited to):  attack koalas, acid-tipped projectile nunchucks, Nickelback's greatest hits played on a loop at 120 dB, pool of AIDS blood.  Grave rob at your own peril.
 
2013-08-26 03:23:37 PM  
I went bald at 18. My maternal uncles all went bald at 18. No one has ALS. We represent the earliest case of balding and lowest happening of ALS, therefore your argument is a non-starter.
 
2013-08-26 03:43:38 PM  

jfarkinB: Wow, a correlation.

Most of my dad's side of the family is bald; some went bald quite early. I was mostly bald by 30. No family history of ALS, thank God.

But I wouldn't be a bit surprised if this news leads insurance providers to bump my rates yet again, because who's going to stop them?


That was my first thought reading the article...crap, there go my insurance rates.  There is no history of ALS in my family anywhere and both sides of my family tree have balding issues.  Now if this article was about early balding and Parkinson's I would be nervous.

on a side note...45 is early to start going bald? Wow..I am screwed
 
2013-08-26 09:06:27 PM  
I started going bald at 20. At 30 I have the same hair line as Patrick Stewart in season 1 of The Next Generation, been shaving or very short crop since 25.

Guess I'll be dead any day now, better but that those ho-hos and bottles of whiskey I wanted.
 
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