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December 11, 2002

Official Israeli Site for Current News

The other day I wrote about Israel’s scientific achievements, which I find particularly remarkable considering that the country has been under siege since its birth. Today I found the following item which should bring relief to many a teenager:
FDA Approves Israeli Acne Treatment

U.S. teenagers and adults who suffer from acne are now able to benefit from a new Israeli-developed treatment using light therapy technology, GLOBES reported. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the ClearLight device, which causes acne bacteria to self-destruct without damaging surrounding skin or tissue. Clearlight is produced by Curelight, a daughter company of Lumenis LTD of Yokneam, Israel, and is the first such device to win FDA approval.

"Acne often causes social withdrawal, depression and embarrassment, which can have a devastating effect on self-esteem and self-confidence," says dermatologist A. R. Shalita, M.D. of SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, one of the world's leading acne experts, who led the ClearLight clinical trials leading up to the FDA approval. He added that "ClearLight is effective, painless and, most importantly, has no known side effects."
Nearly 17 million people in the United States have acne, making it the most common skin disease. The US market for acne remedies exceeded $1.1 billion in 2001 and is the most rapidly growing therapeutic category in the dermatology sector. The Clearlight system, now on the market in the United States, is based on photoclearing technology, which uses intensive light rays to destroy acne bacteria.
This item was e-mailed by Israel Line, which is associated with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. One can receive Israel Line by filling out a subscription form at http://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa/listservform.asp.

Additionally, current news may be found at these official sites:
http://www.mfa.gov.il
and
http://newyork.mfa.gov.il

And finally, in this context,
http://www.f2f.co.il/
or, Face2Face, is the “fresh new webzine about Israel, created by the Consulate General of Israel in New York.”

Contributed by Joseph Alexander Norland. This piece is cross-posted on IsraPundit and Dawson Speaks.