COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy: who is hesitant and why? #OxfordMentalHealth

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Nikki Nabavi summarises findings from a recent survey, which suggests that COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy is relatively evenly spread across the population, and that willingness to take a vaccine is closely bound to recognition of the collective importance.

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Managing demand for social care among adults with intellectual disabilities

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It is clear that adult social care in the United Kingdom (UK), as in many other countries, faces serious challenges, most simply summarised as rising demand from demographic changes and greater pressure on available resources. The interventions to address this will need to be at all levels (national policy and legislation, managing local systems and in individual [read the full story…]

Osteoradionecrosis incidence and the timing of dental extractions

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This review of whether the incidence of osteoradionecrosis differed between patients who have dental extractions before or after radiotherapy (RT) included 24 studies (19 retrospective 5 prospective). While the findings suggest that the incidence is similar if extractions are undertaken before or after RT the quality of the evidence is limited.

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Can SMS text messages help prevent relapse in schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder?

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A group of UCL Mental Health MSc students summarise a recent pilot study, which explores the acceptability and feasibility of the Texting for Relapse Prevention (T4RP) programme for people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.

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Lesbian politics: activism against psycho-pathologisation of homosexuality

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In her debut blog, Karin Jervert looks at a recent study exploring the hidden history of lesbian politics, activism and the movement against psycho-pathologisation of homosexuality during the 1960s, 70s and 80s in the UK.

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Facial trauma in motorcyclists and helmet use

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This review of whether helmet use and the type of helmet reduce facial fractures in motorcycle accidents included • 26 cross-sectional studies involving 68,594 patients. The findings suggest fewer upper and mid-face fracture in helment wearers.

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Many men do seek help prior to suicide, but are services adequately designed to assess men’s needs?

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Cara Richardson summarises a qualitative photovoice study, which finds that some men who died by suicide did seek help before their death, but the help given was often ineffective.

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Living in anxious times? The rise of anxiety disorders in the UK

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Alice Grishkov and Derek Tracy explore a recent paper, which finds that generalised anxiety disorder is on the rise in the UK, especially in young women.

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Parental presence and children’s dental anxiety

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This review of whether parents’ presence in the room influences children’s behaviour, anxiety and fear during dental treatment included 16 studies. The findings suggest that parents’ presence in the operation room does not influence children’s (up to 12 years old) behaviour, anxiety and fear during dental treatment. However the included studies are all at high risk of bias so the certainty of the evidence is very low.

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Majority of people with ADHD in Ireland still thought to be untreated, despite increase in treatment rates

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In her debut blog, Poppy Ellis Logan summarises a longitudinal study which finds rates of ADHD prescription increased in Ireland between 2005 and 2015.

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