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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.
The Air Force's top general says one of the designers of the ride-sharing app Uber is helping the branch build a new data-sharing network that the Air Force hopes will help service branches work together to detect and destroy targets.
The network, which the Air Force is calling the advanced battle management system (ABMS), would function a bit like the artificial intelligence construct Cortana from Halo, who identifies enemy ships and the nearest assets to destroy them at machine speed, so all the fleshy humans need to do is give a nod of approval before resuming their pipe-smoking.
An F-15 is rocking a WWII paint job to honor a B-17 pilot who gave his life to save a wounded crewman
An F-15C Eagle is sporting a badass World War II-era paint job in honor of a fallen bomber pilot who gave everything to ensure his men survived a deadly battle.
A U.S. E-11A Battlefield Airborne Communications Node aircraft crashed on Monday on Afghanistan, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein has confirmed.
Beloved basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven other people were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday. Two days earlier, Army Spc. Antonio I. Moore was killed during a vehicle rollover accident while conducting route clearing operations in Syria.
Which one more deserves your grief and mourning? According to Maj. Gen. John R. Evans, commander of the U.S. Army Cadet Command, you only have enough energy for one.
After 70 years, service members are finally filing medical malpractice claims against the US military
Jessica Purcell, a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, was pregnant with her first child when she noticed a swollen lymph node in her left underarm.
Health-care providers at a MacDill Air Force Base clinic told her it was likely an infection or something related to pregnancy hormones. The following year they determined the issue had resolved itself.
It hadn't. A doctor off base found a large mass in her underarm and gave her a shocking diagnosis: stage 2 breast cancer.
Purcell was pregnant again. Her daughter had just turned 1. She was 35. And she had no right to sue for malpractice.
A 1950 Supreme Court ruling known as the Feres doctrine prohibits military members like Purcell from filing a lawsuit against the federal government for any injuries suffered while on active duty. That includes injury in combat, but also rape and medical malpractice, such as missing a cancer diagnosis.
Thanks in part to Tampa lawyer Natalie Khawam, a provision in this year's national defense budget allows those in active duty to file medical malpractice claims against the government for the first time since the Feres case.
With the Department of Defense overseeing the new claims process, the question now is how fairly and timely complaints will be judged. And whether, in the long run, this new move will help growing efforts to overturn the ruling and allow active duty members to sue like everyone else.