Orthodontic space closure – Springs or chains?

shutterstock_180420626

4 RCTs were included in this review of Nickel- titanium closing springs (NiTi-CS) and elastomeric power chains (EPC). The findings suggest there is medium quality evidence that space closure is faster with NiTi-CS.

[read the full story...]

EQUIPment testing: evaluating a co-delivered care planning training programme

skydiving-658404_1280

Sarah Carr treats us to a bumper blog of EQUIP studies. Think: care planning, coproduction, service user involvement and training. She doesn’t blog for us very often these days, but when she does it’s a corker!

[read the full story...]

Can social recovery therapy improve social functioning in psychosis?

todd-diemer-110882

Lisa Wood publishes her debut blog about a recent RCT of social recovery therapy in combination with early intervention services for enhancement of social recovery in patients with first-episode psychosis: the SUPEREDEN3 trial.

[read the full story...]

Root canal obturation using core-carrier techniques

pulp

19 studies were included in this review of core-carrier obturation techniques in endodontic treatment. Success rates was 83%(95CI; 69-91%) with 24% suffering postoperative pain and 31% having overfilling.

[read the full story...]

Can we build cities that aren’t traps for those at risk of mental ill-health?

lubo-minar-262506

Mark Brown blogs about the new Urban Mind study, which looks at how smartphones can measure the impact of nature on mental well-being in real time.

[read the full story...]

Primary teeth: which restorative material last longer?

PMC 2

This review of the longevity of posterior restoration in primary teeth included 31 studies. composite resin had the lowest annual failure rate while stainless steel crowns had the highest success rate. The studies all have a high risk of bias so the findings should be interpreted cautiously.

[read the full story...]

School dental screening

The review found that adding family-based interventions to school-based interventions may reduce the onset of smoking by 4-25%.

This Cochrane review of school dental screening included 6 RCTs finding insufficient evidence that it improves dental attendance. although personalised referral letters or additional motivation elements probably have the ability to improve dental attendance over the short term.

[read the full story...]

Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART)

caries upper arch

15 RCTs were included in this Cochrane review of Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART) comparing with conventional treatment for managing dental caries lesions in the primary and permanent teeth provided low quality evidence that ART using H-GIC may have a higher risk of restoration failure in primary teeth.

[read the full story...]

Can gamified cCBT prevent depression in secondary school students?

Screen Shot 2017-12-21 at 10.55.55

Lisa Burscheidt summarises a school-based RCT of an online gamified cCBT intervention (SPARX-R) for preventing depression in final year secondary school students in Australia.

[read the full story...]