BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39038.654213.471 (Published 23 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1130

Minerva recently found herself the subject of some journalology research (Learned Publishing 2006;4:267-71 doi: 10.1087/095315106778690724). Editors at the Croatian Medical Journal investigated whether sending email notices about their articles to her would get their research mentioned more often in the BMJ. Over a year, Minerva reported on six articles from the Croatian journal, including five out of 46 that had been in email notices. The year before, without the emails, Minerva had mentioned the Croatian journal just once. The editors concluded that increasing journals' visibility encourages submissions and increases the impact of the articles.

Only one over the counter preparation that is sold to help with mild to moderate symptoms of depression has any evidence to back it—and that's St John's wort (Psychiatric Bulletin 2006;30:365-8 http://pb.rcpsych.org/cgi/content/abstract/30/10/365). A total of 13 products were suggested by health shop staff in 10 shops. The 12 other products suggested were offered as a general “boost” or “pick me up,” and most have potentially serious drug interactions.

Laughing is not generally a symptom that patients go to the doctor about, …

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