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BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 29 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1498

Acne may be common, but it is not trivial. A team of British epidemiologists and dermatologists compared the health and well being of 111 patients with moderately severe acne with a random community sample of over 9000 people (British Journal of Dermatology 1999;140:672-6). The patients with acne reported worse mental health and social problems than controls with asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, back pain, or arthritis. Acne is an unfashionable disease that deserves more attention and, of course, more money, they conclude.

Brighter is better when it comes to light therapy for seasonal affective disorder (Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica 1999;99:315-23). A clear dose response relationship between light intensity and clinical benefit emerged from a meta-analysis of 39 comparative studies. Strong light of 6000 to 10 000 lux works better than medium light −1700 to 3500 lux—and both work better than dim light. Typical depressive symptoms respond best to treatment.

Teenage girls who drink plenty of milk may end up with higher peak bone mass as adults, say investigators from the USA who questioned over 224 women about their childhood and adolescent calcium intake (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1999;69:1014-7). The findings, although observational, support other work showing that giving calcium supplements to teenagers can increase their peak bone …

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