White spot lesion prevention during orthodontic treatment

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This review of the efficacy of preventive interventions against the development of white spot lesions (WSLs) during fixed appliance orthodontic treatment included 23 RCTs tha majority of which were at high risk of bias. The findings suggest some benefit from sealants and fluoride varnishes but more high quality research is neeeded.

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Whiplash and neck pain: what’s most cost-effective?

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GPs Tom Rowley and Michael Horsfield write their debut MSK Elf blog on a recent systematic review, which investigates the most cost-effective interventions for the management of whiplash-associated and neck pain-associated disorders.

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Social media and care of orthodontic appliances

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This randomised trial examined the use of social media (YouTube ) for the provision of patient information to those undergoing fixed orthodontic treatment. A larger improvement in knowledge was seen in the YouTube group at 6-8 weeks.

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'The terrible maze': Dementia carers' experiences of health and social care

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Social care super-blogger Ermintrude considers a study about dementia carers’ experience of the health and social care system and reflects on what it means for current dementia policy.

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New website aimed at helping people with learning disabilities stay safe online

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Information technology is a now a major part of the modern world and access to the internet is becoming more and more important to being a part of modern society. Access to the internet brings many benefits in terms of access to a broader community of friends, opportunities for learning and increasingly a number of [read the full story…]

Poster designed for people with a learning disability on how to contact police

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Disability Hate Crime refers to crimes targeted at anybody as a result of his or her disability or impairment, as defined by the Equality Act 2010 and can take many forms, including ate crime can take many forms including: physical attacks, threats of attack or verbal abuse, insults or harassment. The association of Chief Police [read the full story…]

Challenging Behaviour Foundation launches new information sheets

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In February this year, we posted about new summary information sheets produced by the challenging behaviour foundation. This month sees the launch of a new series of three information sheets which look at the causes of challenging behaviour, and explain how to make effective plans to reduce it. The information sheets are designed to provide [read the full story…]

“Investment in patient improves outcomes and reduces costs” according to research

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Introduction This report, published by the Patient Information Forum (PIF) and its accompanying briefings, is aimed at policy makers, commissioners, and information specialists. It is informed by 300 research papers and experts in the area of patient information, including representatives from NHS Choices, General Practice, Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, the Health Foundation, and the Information [read the full story…]

New easy read materials with advice for people with learning disabilities on how to stay safe, at home, out and about and on the internet

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As you know, here at Elf towers our aim is to bring you the published evidence in supporting people with learning disabilities, but occasionally we will also draw your attention to practice tools and resources that we think might help improving people’s lives. Today, we wanted to draw your attention to some materials produced in Essex [read the full story…]

New resources published to help people with learning disabilities manage their money

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As more and more people with learning disabilities are accessing ordinary community services and using individual budgets to purchase their own support there is a need to produce good accessible materials. To respond to this challenge, BILD, the British Institute of Learning Disabilities have recently published a range of materials, including written guides and DVDs [read the full story…]