Mark-Steven Howe

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Mark qualified from Birmingham University in 1988. After 4 years in general practice he joined the Royal Air Force Dental Branch on a Short Service Commission serving in the UK and overseas gaining his Diploma and Membership exams in general dental surgery. On leaving the RAF Mark completed his Fellowship to the Faculty of General Dental Practice (FFGDP) and has recently completed an MSc in Evidence-Based Healthcare at the University of Oxford.  Mark has been a full time general dental practitioner at Broadway Dental Care, Worcestershire since 1998. He is a Fellowship assessor for the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners UK, and examiner at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.

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Covid-19 screening: Please may I take your temperature?

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In this blog Mark-Steven Howe takes a look at the findings ot two reviews of non-contact thermometers for detecting potentially infected staff or patients.

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Which occupations have the highest potential exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

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Mark-Steven Howe takes a look at recent data from the Office for National Statistics on estimated occupational exposure to generic disease, and physical proximity focusing on the dentists and a number of other professional groups.

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Are we sleepwalking into PPE paralysis?

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In this opinion piece Mark-Steven Howe looks at the estimated prevalence of covid-19 in the UK and the impact that it may have on the design of studies to test PPE.

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Re-opening of dental services: A rapid review of international sources

Systematic reviews of antidepressants have found beneficial effects overall on depressive symptoms and suicidality in adults and in children.

Mark-Steven Howe looks at this rapid review of recommendations for re-opening dental services following changes to dental services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dentistry, Diagnostic Test Accuracy (DTA) and the Covid-19 Antibody Test

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Mark-Steven Howe looks at the diagnostic test accuracy of Covid-19 antibody tests in this opinion piece.

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What is the most appropriate gown/apron for preventing Covid-19 contaminated fluids transfer in dental practice?

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Mark-Steven Howe reanalyses a recent Cochrane review on personal protective equipment focusing on the evidence from a primary care rather than secondary care perspective.

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Mouthwash; can it reduce levels of Covid-19 in the mouth?

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This latest rapid review from Mark-Steven Howe looks at the virucidal efficacy of commonly used oral mouthwashes. No high quality evidence was identified. Some demonstrate good virucidal properties but have poor substativity with the benefits being lost within a few minutes.

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How much extra protection does an FFP3 mask offer in the dental surgery?

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This rapid review suggests that in the clinical environment where high volume aspiration and rubber dam is in use during dental AGP procedures there may be no significant additional benefit in wearing an FFP3/FFP2 or surgical mask.

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