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What are the most common types of hair loss and their treatment options?

Project by Polygence alum Diya

What are the most common types of hair loss and their treatment options?

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This was a review paper meant to gather information on the most common types of hair loss and various researched and novel treatment options. My goal was to create a paper that could effectively guide individuals suffering from hair loss themselves.

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Research on hair loss is a constantly developing topic, with many studies still being conducted to gain a better, more thorough understanding of different conditions and hair diseases. 35 million men and 21 million women suffer from hair loss worldwide, with a hair loss market worth 52.37 billion USD in just 2022 itself. There are many types of hair loss, though the most common of which are androgenetic alopecia (AGA), telogen effluvium, and alopecia areata (AA). There is no clear path to reducing the effects of hair loss. Rather, many different medications and treatments may be suggested to yield favorable results. Clinicians and patients should take the time to discuss each option and its cost, benefits, and adverse effects. This paper will discuss the efficacy and adverse effects of different treatments for each of these three causes of hair loss.



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MD/PhD Doctor of Medicine and of Philosophy candidate


Quantitative, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine


Genetics, biology, chemistry, medicine/human disease related projects, data science / coding in R unix or python




Hello! My name is Diya Doshi and my Polygence project is on the causes of hair loss and its treatment options. I chose to work on this project because after having received countless options and suggestions on how to treat hair loss, I wanted to delve deeper into the matter and educate myself. After my project is complete, I would like to use my research to help other make educated decisions about hair loss treatments by sharing my work.

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Project review

“Communication was really easy between me and my mentor. This exceeded my expectations as my mentor was always online, responding to me and taking an initiative to help me grow. ”

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“My mentor took lots of time to engage in meaningful conversation that helped me on my project. She was very accommodating and also took the time to respond to my messages in a timely manner.”