DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is it true that you inherit genes for baldness from your mother's side of the family? Is there anything that can be done to prevent or slow hair loss? ANSWER: Actually, patterns of baldness are inherited from many genes, which can come from both sides of the family. So, to assess your chances for hair loss, look at all relatives in your mother's and father's families. Although age-related baldness has no permanent fix, if you are concerned about hair loss, treatments may help.
Chicago Tribune, by Dr. Dawn Davis, 03/01/2012