School-based mental health services: a good idea?

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Pooky Knightsmith writes her debut elf blog on a recent meta-analysis, which looks at the effectiveness of school-based mental health services for 5-10 year old children.

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Improving outcomes for people with first episode psychosis

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Elwira Lubos summarises a recent review of reviews looking at the evidence for improving outcomes in first-episode psychosis.

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Teething: signs and symptoms

Baby, bathwater, nuff said...

This review of the local or systemic signs and symptoms during the eruption of the primary teeth included 16 observational studies only 5 of which were at low risk of bias. The overall prevalence of signs and symptoms associated with primary tooth eruption in children between 0 and 36 months was 70.5% (95%CI; 54.1-84.6).

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Moderate and heavy alcohol consumption: what impact on later life brain and cognition?

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Sally Adams summarises a recent clinical review in Evidence Based Mental Health on the effects of drinking alcohol on late-life brain and cognition.

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Flowable composites: clinical performance in non-carious cervical lesions

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Kenny Strain takes a look at this recent review of flowable composite use in non-carious cervical lesions. 8 small RCTs of low quality were included with the authors suggesting flowable composites have improved marginal adaptation at 1 and 3 years.

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Inferior Alveolar Nerve Block: improving anaesthetic success in patients with irreversible pulpitis

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This network meta-analysis of oral premedication to improve anaesthetic success of inferior alveolar nerve block in patients with irreversible pulpitis suggest that that oral premedication with dexamethasone, NSAIDs and Tramadol increases the success rate.

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First permanent molars: consequences of early loss

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This review of the the effects and sequela of early extraction of first permanent molars included 11 observational studies providing limited quality evidence of the consequences of early extraction. High quality prospective studies are needed.

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Gender identity in young people: determinants, epidemiology, mental health and management

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Dean Connolly considers a recent review of research into gender identity in young people, which focuses particularly on treatment paradigms and controversies.

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Dentures: techniques and materials for final impressions

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9 RCTs were included in this Cochrane review of different final-impression techniques and materials for complete and removable partial dentures. The available evidence for the relative benefits of different denture fabrication techniques and final-impression materials is limited and is of low or very low quality.

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