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Balding? You Can Thank Your Mom For That
Have you ever run your hands over your head only to remember that you have nothing left but brittle, lifeless strands where there was once an abundance of beautiful hair? For two-thirds of American men over the age of 35, the answer is yes. They are already experiencing male-pattern balding.
What’s worse? Eight-five percent of those men will have severely thinning hair by the time they are 50.
According to scientists at the University of Edinburgh who explored the condition in a new 52,000-person study, there’s nothing you can do to stop it. Baldness likely has nothing to do with what men eat, the way they wear hats, or how much they exercise.
If you have severe balding, you can thank your mom and her crappy genetics for screwing you over.
“We identified hundreds of new genetic signals,” Saskia Hagenaars, one of the leaders of the study, said in a statement. “It was interesting to find that many of the genetics signals for male pattern baldness came from the X chromosome, which men inherit from their mothers."
The researchers pinpointed 287 genetic regions linked to the baldness, concluding, “These genetic variants could be used to predict a man's chance of severe hair loss.”
Though there’s not yet an exact science to determine if a man will experience extreme hair loss, this study has brought geneticists one step closer. Discovering the exact causes of baldness may one day lead to prevention or treatment.
That’s still a ways off though, so maybe buy a hat in the meantime? And if you aren’t balding, lucky you. Just know that it’s only because you happened to win the genetic lottery.
A collision between a Coast Guard boat and a Navy vessel near Kodiak Island, Alaska on Wednesday landed six coasties and three sailors to the hospital, officials said.
The Navy has identified the two Defense Department civilians who were killed in a shooting Wednesday at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii.
A shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida has left four people dead, including the gunman, law enforcement officials said at a Friday news conference.
The shooter and two victims were killed at the base and another victim died after being taken to the hospital, said Chip Simmons, deputy chief of the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.
Another seven people remain hospitalized, including two sheriff's deputies who engaged the gunman, Simmons said at Friday's news conference. One was hit in the arm and the other was shot in the knee. Both are expected to recover.
Widespread sexism and gender bias in the Marine Corps hasn't stopped hundreds of female Marines from striving for the branch's most dangerous, respected and selective jobs.
Six years after the Pentagon officially opened combat roles to women in 2013, 613 female Marines and sailors now serve in them, according to new data released by the Marine Corps.
"Females are now represented in every previously-restricted occupational field," reads a powerpoint released this month on the Marine Corps Integration Implementation Plan (MCIIP), which notes that 60% of those female Marines and sailors now serving in previously-restricted units joined those units in the past year.
The troubled 22-year-old Pearl Harbor sailor identified as shooting three shipyard workers Wednesday and then killing himself may have come from a troubled ship.
Gabriel Romero, a sailor on the submarine USS Columbia, fatally shot two civilian workers and wounded a third while the Los Angeles-class vessel is in Dry Dock 2 for a two-year overhaul, according to The Associated Press and other sources.
Romero "opened fire on shipyard personnel with his M-4 service rifle and then turned his M9 service pistol on himself," Fox News Pentagon reporter Lucas Tomlinson reported, citing a preliminary incident report.
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam was not able to provide information Thursday on a report that multiple suicides have occurred on the Columbia.
Hawaii News Now said Romero was undergoing disciplinary review and was enrolled in anger management classes.