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Elf Help: we are recruiting volunteers


If you are looking to gain real life experience in social media and publishing, here’s your opportunity! Our Elf Help volunteer programme features positions for Publishing Volunteers and Communications, PR and Social Media Volunteers.

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Periodontal intrabony defect regeneration using platelet-rich plasma


This review of platelet-rich plasma for intrabony periodontal defects included 21 studies. These were mainly small studies with a marked degree of heterogeneity. They suggest some potential benefits but the findings should be interpreted with caution.

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Work Capability Assessments linked with increase in suicides


Ian Cummins considers the findings of a recent longitudinal study that measures the impact that welfare reform and disability assessments have had on mental illness and rates of suicide.

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Something old, something new: Defensive practice in social work


Jill Manthorpe examines a study on social work student perspectives on defensive practice and finds that fear and organisational culture play a role and that this can effect service user and family engagement.

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All in the mindfulness? Reflections on the Mindful Nation report


André Tomlin considers the recommendations for health service delivery and research from the recent Mindful Nation report.

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Systemic antibiotics for aggressive periodontitis?

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This review of systemic antibiotics and non-surgical periodontal therapy for aggressive periodontitis included 13 RCTs and suggests a statistically significant benefit compared to non-surgical therapy alone.

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Little research on non-surgical interventions to accelerate orthodontic treatment

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With orthodontic treatment lasting typically 18-24 months, adjunts to accelerate tooth movements would be welcome. This Cochrane review identified two RCTs on non-surgical interventions to accelerate orthodontic treatment. However, both studies were at high risk of bias, so we cannot rely on their findings.

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CBT plus taper may help reduce short-term benzodiazepine use


John Baker summarises a recent Cochrane systematic review of psychosocial interventions for benzodiazepine harmful use, abuse or dependence.

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Clinical commissioning for key health challenges in English cities


Caroline Storer summarises a recent NHSCC report, which defines how clinical commissioning groups in England’s core cities are responding to the Five Year Forward View.

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