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Hair today, more hair tomorrow?

The balding pate can be treated with drugs, hair transplants — or both. But the search for the ultimate solution to hair loss goes on.

For men and women experiencing the most common type of hair loss — androgenetic alopecia, or pattern hair loss — and pondering what, if anything, to do about it, there's a mix of encouraging and discouraging news.

There's still no great way to easily restore your hair to its former glory. No drug treatments have gained FDA approval since 1997, and the most effective existing therapy — a hair transplant — is expensive and unlikely to come down in price.

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