Atraumatic restorative treatment or conventional treatment for root caries in older adults?

This study is the first of its kind from an RCT perspective which clearly shows that treating major depression in older adults using interventions in primary care settings can extend life

This review of atraumatic restorative treatment or conventional treatment for restoration of root caries lesions in older adults included 3 RCTs providing is insufficient data to clearly rule out whether differences between ART and CT exist.

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Prescribing lithium for bipolar disorder: are we too scared?

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Deenan Edward and Suhana Ahmed summarise a Scottish study of prescribing for bipolar disorder between 2009-2016, which identified a clear trend towards decreasing lithium use.

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Higher doses of antidepressants “not optimal”, according to new review

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Jonathon Tomlinson considers his options as a GP supporting people with depression and complex needs, after reading a new systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis, which suggests that higher doses of antidepressants bring maximum side effects with only marginal gains.

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Dental fear and anxiety: Is it related to negative oral health beliefs?

Media coverage of the paper by Davies and Read was emotive and damning in terms of the dangers of antidepressant medication.

This review of the evidence on the relationship of oral health beliefs with dental fear and anxiety included 10 studies and suggests that patients with negative health beliefs are more likely to suffer with dental fear and anxiety.

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Bipolar disorder and distress: systematic review of first-person accounts

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A group of UCL Mental Health Masters Students summarise a meta-synthesis of qualitative research, which looks at what people diagnosed with bipolar disorder experience as distressing.

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Global mental health and its implicit priorities

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Tessa Roberts writes her debut elf blog on a recent systematic review of the term ‘global mental health’, which seeks to determine the implicit priorities of scientific literature that self-identifies with this term.

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Distraction techniques for managing dental anxiety in children and adolescents

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This review assessing whether distraction techniques reduce children’s/adolescent’s anxiety and fear during dental treatment included 20 RCTs providing very low certainty evidence that these techniques have a positive effect.

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Who gets bullied? Using genetic information to identify individual vulnerabilities

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Lucy Bowes explores a multi-polygenic score approach to identifying individual vulnerabilities associated with the risk of bullying, which suggests that depression, ADHD, risk taking, BMI and intelligence are independently associated with exposure to bullying.

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Mental illness in clinical psychologists: stigma stops people from seeking help

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Dafni Katsampa considers how mental health problems can affect clinical psychologists, and the impact that stigma has on disclosure and help-seeking.

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