Parent training works for child and adolescent mental health

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Tony McGinn presents a high-level overview of the state of parent training evidence. His blog draws on over 30 systematic reviews with meta-analyses, to bring you a handy summary of what works.

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Nutrition interventions for people with severe mental illness: do we need more dieticians?

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Elena Marcus considers a brand new systematic review, which evaluates the impact of nutrition interventions for people with severe mental illness.

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Top Dental Elf Blogs of 2015

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Derek Richards presents the top Dental Elf Blogs of 2015. Highlights include eating disorders and oral health, the long awaited Cochrane Review of water fluoridation and the update of the NICE guidance on infective endocarditis.

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Periodontitis and obesity: review suggests an association

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This review looks at the association between periodontitis and obesity. It included 13 studies (8 cohorts; 5 clinical trials) and suggests that overweight, obesity, and weight gain, may be a risk factors for developing periodontitis.

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Traumatic dental injury associated with overweight/obese children?

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This review of observations studies of traumatic dental injury includes 17 studies and found a higher risk of injury in overweight/obese children. Odds ratio = 1.30 (95% CI, 1.11–1.53; P < 0.05).

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Motivational interviewing for paediatric oral health

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The review of motivational interviewing (MI) to improve parent-child health interventions included 25 studies in all with 4 dental studies. The dental studies demonstrated a positive effect on oral health and were suggestive of a benefit on dental caries.

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Inconsistent messages about healthy eating impact on choices made by people with learning disabilities in day services

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What do we know about what factors influencing food choice by people with learning disabilities in day services?

Here, we look at a qualitative study, which sets out to explore this in a day service in Scotland.

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“Admission to a secure unit is an opportunity to reduce smoking” says guidance

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In this blog, Caroline De Brún and André Tomlin look at new guidance from Public Health England, to help commissioners and service providers instigate smoking cessation programmes and smoke-free secure mental health units.

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