Does degree of baldness influence vitamin D status?

Mark J Bolland, Ruth W Ames, Andrew B Grey, Anne M Horne, Barbara H Mason, Greg D Gamble and Ian R Reid
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (11): 674-675.
  • Mark J Bolland1
  • Ruth W Ames2
  • Andrew B Grey3
  • Anne M Horne4
  • Barbara H Mason5
  • Greg D Gamble6
  • Ian R Reid7

  • Department of Medicine, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.


Competing interests:

All but one of the male authors has a full head of hair.

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