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Oral Cancer – Referral by primary care doctors and dentists

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This review comparing primary care doctors and dentists in the referral of oral cancer included 22 mainly retrospective studies. Doctors refered sliightly more than dentists, typically 50% compared with 40% respectively.

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Media reporting of suicide: do we need more than guidelines?

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Anna Sri summarises a recent systemic review and meta-analysis led by Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, which explores the association between media reporting of suicide and actual suicidal behaviour in the community; a phenomenon known as the Werther effect.

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Orthodontic pain: The efficacy of analgesics

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This review of the efficacy of of analgesics on the relief of pain during orthodontic treatment included 12 RCTs. The findings demonstrate that analgesics were more effective than placebo in controlling orthodontic pain

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Third molars: Which local anaesthetic is most suitable for inferior alveolar nerve blocks?

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This review comparing the efficacy and safety of currently available local anaesthetics for lower third molar extraction included 24 RCTs. The findings suggest that 4% articaine was the most effective and lidocaine the safest.

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Denture fabrication: Conventional or simplified approaches

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This review od conventional versus simplified verses conventional fabrication techniques for complete dentures included 19 RCTs. The findings suggest that there are no differences between the simple and conventional approaches in terms of patients satisfaction, masticatory efficiency and OHRQoL at least in the short term.

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Digital interventions for suicidal thinking: a tale of two reviews

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In his debut blog, Wouter van Ballegooijen summarises two recent systematic reviews on digital interventions for suicidal thinking, which include more or less the same research, but come to quite different conclusions.

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Endodontic microsurgery

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This review of the clinical and radiographic long-term outcome of endodontic microsurgery in teeth diagnosed with secondary apical periodontitis included 10 studies suggesting an overall success rate ranging from 69-93%.

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Loneliness and suicide: what’s the link and what role does depression play?

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Marlee Bower discusses a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies, which suggests that loneliness can predict future suicidal ideation and/or behaviour.

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Problematic smartphone use: what are the consequences for teens and their screens?

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Lucinda Powell explores a recent systematic review and meta-analysis which finds that problematic smartphone use in young people is associated with poorer mental health.

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Occlusal reduction: Does it reduce post endodontic pain?

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This review of the effect of occlusal reduction on post-operative pain following root canal treatment included 7 RCTs. While the findings suggest that occlusal reduction may reduce post endodontic pain the quality of the available evidence is very low so teh findings should be viewed cautiously.

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