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Avulsed teeth – what is the best management option?

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4 RCTs were included in ths Cochrane review update of interventions for avulsed and replanted permanent front teeth. None of teh included studies was at low risk of bias and there is insufficient evidence to support or refute the effectiveness of different interventions.

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Eye-tracking in eating disorders research: new insights? #LEDC19

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Caitlin Lloyd writes her debut elf blog on a new systematic review of eye‐tracking research in eating disorders.

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Anorexia therapies present and future: a 3-star review, or a 3-star field of research? #LEDC19

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Sarah McDonald writes a new blog to accompany the #LEDC19 conference, which explores established and emerging interventions for the treatment of anorexia nervosa in adults and children.

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Metal-ceramic vs ceramic: Material of choice for restoring implants?

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This review comparing ceramic and metal-ceramic restorations was developed by MSc Students from @UClanDentistry during a recent workshop. While the findings suggest no difference between the two materials only a small number of limited quality studies are available.

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The costs of care prior to institutionalisation among people living with Alzheimer’s disease

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The past few decades have seen a gradual shift of provision of services for older people from residential care to community-based care in the UK and other high-income countries. ‘Ageing in place’ is a widely accepted and supported discourse. In practice, receiving care at home enables older people to stay in a familiar environment, and [read the full story…]

Platelet Rich Fibrin as a biomaterial in oral surgery

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This blog on a review of the efficacy of platelet rich fibrin (PRF) in oral surgery procedures was prepared by MSc Students from @UClanDentistry during a workshop with the @TheDentalElf. The review includes 30 small studies of limited quality more high quality studies are needed to assess effectiveness.

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Periodontitis and preterm birth

Antenatal mental health is a growing UK clinical and research priority, which affects all pregnant women

This review assessing the association between periodontitis and preterm birth included 31 studies with 20 contributing to a meta-analysis suggesting a significant positive association 2.01 (95%CI; 1.71 – 2.36).

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Open Dialogue: what’s the evidence?

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Sameer Jauhar and colleagues critically assess the evidence for Open Dialogue, presented in a recent narrative review of quantitative and qualitative studies, which finds that most current studies are highly biased and of low quality, and there is an absence of clear data on effectiveness.

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Can smoking cessation improve cognitive functioning in people with psychosis?

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Dafni Katsampa explores a recent prospective cohort study that investigates the association between smoking behaviour and cognitive functioning in patients with psychosis, their siblings and healthy control subjects.

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Cavity liners for resin-based composite restorations

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No new trials were available for this Cochrane review update. Only 8 RCTs were available providing inconsistent, low-quality evidence for a difference in postoperative hypersensitivity after placing a liner for posterior resin-based composite restorations in adult permanent teeth.

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