Lack of wealth may increase our risk of dementia

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A group of UCL Mental Health Masters students summarise a recent cohort study of the individual and area-based socioeconomic factors associated with dementia incidence in England.

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How do life events impact upon therapeutic work with children and young people? #MHED2018

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Terry Hanley explores a recent systematic review of life events, socioeconomic deprivation, and their impact on counselling and psychotherapy with children and adolescents.

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Caries risk factors identified in life course approach studies

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11 studies (7 cohort, 4 cross-sectional) were identified for this review of caries risk factors identified by life course approach studies. Different life course factors were associated with the development of dental caries among children and adolescents, including sociodemographic, biological, psychological, and oral health behaviors, as well as the dental status of mothers, children, and adolescents.

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Low income and tooth loss: a positive association

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Seven of the 11 observational studies included in this review came from Brazil. An association between low income and tooth loss was demonstrated (OR = 2.52: 95% CI; 2.11- 3.01) even after adjusting for socioeconomic status ( OR = 1.66: 95% CI; 1.48 – 1.86).

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Traumatic dental injury in primary teeth not associated with socioeconomic status?

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This review of the the association between socioeconomic indicators and traumatic dental injury in the primary dentition included 16 observational studies. The majority were from Brazil and no clear association was demonstrated.

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Developmental defects 
of enamel and caries are they associated?

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This review includes 7 cross-sectional studies and suggests that those with developmental enamel defects have more dental caries with a pooled odds ratio OR = 2.21 (95% CI; 1.3 – 3.54).

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Orthodontic treatment: does it impact on quality of life?

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A 3-year school-based cohort study found that oral health related quality of life improved in young people over time whether or not they had undergone orthodontic treatment.

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Caries experience: risk higher in those from lower socioeconomic positions

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This review included 155 observational studies, which although of low quality consistently found caries parameters to be significantly higher in those from lower socioeconomic positions

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