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BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39066.383750.BE1 (Published 04 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:50

Premedicating patients with melatonin before they are given general anaesthetics significantly reduces the doses of propofol and thiopental needed to induce anaesthesia, according to a prospective randomised double blind study in Anesthesia and Analgesia (2006:103:1448-52 doi: 10.1213/01.ane.0000244534.24216.3a). Successful induction was assessed by loss of response to the command “open your eyes” and disappearance of the eyelash reflex.

The British Doctors and Dentists Group is a self help group of doctors and dentists who are recovering from chemical dependency and addiction—mainly alcohol and drugs. Monthly support meetings take place in 16 centres around the United Kingdom. The group uses a 12 step recovery programme and separate support is available for the families of members. To find out more contact Paul (paulr4bddg@aol.com) or go to www.bddgfamilies.org.uk.

It is not bad hair days that hairdressers should worry about, but bad hand days. The Health and Safety Executive (www.badhandday.hse.gov.uk) has warned salon owners to wise up to dermatitis caused by exposure to shampoos, …

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