Pre-treatment mouthwash to reduce patient to dentist infections

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This Cochrane review of the effects of preprocedural mouth rinses used in dental clinics to minimise incidence of infection in dental healthcare providers included 17 RCTs. The studies measured only reduction in level of bacterial contamination in aerosols with no studies evaluating viral or fungal contamination.The evidence was of low or very low certainty.

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Who can you trust? The links between childhood adversity, deprivation and pandemic restrictions in Wales

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In her debut blog, Poppy Brown summarises a survey which explores the links between adverse childhood experiences, attitudes towards COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine hesitancy.

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Just one shot at it: single session interventions for adolescent depression

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Maria Loades and Georgia Herring consider a randomised trial of online single-session interventions for adolescent depression during COVID-19.

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Depression and anxiety among doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic: yet more collateral damage?

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Eleana Frisira summarises a systematic review that presents recent global prevalence data about the rates of depression and anxiety among doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Experiences of junior doctors working during the pandemic in England

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Alejandro Arguelles Bullon summarises a qualitative study investigating the experiences of junior doctors in England during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Telemental health is promising as an effective and engaging alternative for in-person therapy #TeleMentalHealth

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Liesbeth Tip summarises a recent umbrella review from the Mental Health Policy Research Unit, which finds that telemental health is a promising alternative for in-person therapy.

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COVID-19 increased depression and anxiety disorders by >25% during 2020

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Dona Matthews summarises a recent study in The Lancet which estimates that worldwide COVID-19 increased depression and anxiety disorders by more than 25% in 2020.

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Mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic: the impact on low and middle income countries

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Anusha Ramji examines a recent review which looks at the mental health impact of the COVID pandemic on different low- and middle-income countries.

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Therapeutic alliance and goal setting in youth mental health #ActiveIngredientsMH

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Jenna Jacob and Jermaine Dambi summarise a recent study which looks at therapeutic alliance in remote versus in-person settings.

They also present initial findings from their two active ingredients reviews which explore working alliance, collaborative goal setting and tracking for young people with depression or anxiety.

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Dental students, Depression and Covid-19

Medical students are less likely to seek professional support despite higher levels of mental illness. 

In this blog Mark-Steven Howe takes a look at two recent systematic reviews relating to depression in dental students. One review looked at levels of depression before the covid pandemic and one investigates depression during the pandemic.

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