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Intrabony periodontal defects – does combining bone substitutes and enamel matrix derivatives improve outcomes?

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This review of combining bone substitutes and enamel matrix derivatives for the management of intrabony periodontal defects only identified 5 small RCTs of limited quality. The addition of EMD to bony substitutes was not seen to be beneficial but the results should be interpreted cautiously due to limitations in the available evidence.

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Guided cCBT for depression: optimising therapist support and maximising efficiency

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Monisha Nahar writes her debut blog on a recent RCT that explores how we can improve the efficiency of psychotherapy for depression. The trial compares web-based guided CBT with face-to-face CBT for people with depression who are not taking medication.

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Powered toothbrushes for orthodontic patients

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This review of powered toothbrushes for periodontal health in orthodontic patients included 9 small RCTs. A small statistically significant benefit was noted in short term use.

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Which personality traits may protect us from alcohol use disorder?

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Andrew Jones summarises a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of alcohol treatment outcome, which identifies a range of personality traits that are associated with relapse.

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Coronectomy – a safe option for deeply impacted mandibular third molars?

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This review of coronectomy for management of impacted mandibular third molars included 14 studies suggesting that it is safe and reliable with a low failure rate (7%).

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Staff views on digital self-management of severe mental illness

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Laura Hemming presents a recent qualitative study of staff views on the use of the Internet and smartphones for digital self-management of severe mental health problems.

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Digital guided self-help for binge eating disorder: a paper worth getting INTERBED with?

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Sarah McDonald summarises the INTERBED RCT, which explores the effect of Internet-based guided self-help versus individual face-to-face CBT on full or subsyndromal binge eating disorder in overweight or obese patients.

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Statins as an adjunct to scaling and root planing

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11 RCTs were included in this review of statins as an adjunct to scaling and root planing. The findings suggest improvements in pocket depth and clinical attachment levels with statin use.

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Orthodontic treatment- can a vibrational stimulus shorten treatment times?

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8 studies were included in this review of vibrational stimulus to accelerate orthodontic treatment. The studies were small and of short duration providing very low quality evidence to support any effect. Further high quality studies of longer duration are needed.

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The chatbot therapist: can we mimic therapy support with a conversational agent? #DigiMHweek

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Andres Fonseca helps us prepare for the #Mindtech2017 chatbot/artificial intelligence debate by summarising a recent trial of a fully automated conversational agent for promoting mental well-being.

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