Do the drugs work? Cochrane evidence on antibiotics in dentistry

799px-Medication_amoxycillin_capsule13-17 November is World Antibiotic Awareness Week. The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that antibiotic resistance is:  “one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today”. Antibiotics are used to prevent and treat bacterial infections, but if over-used they can cause bacteria to change and become resistant. This makes infections more difficult to treat, and results in longer hospital stays, higher medical costs and increased mortality (World Health Organization, 2017).

Antibiotics are still commonly used in dentistry, Cope et al (2014) estimate that 8-10% of antibiotics used in primary care are prescribed by dentists in some parts of the world. Their effectiveness has been explored by several Cochrane Oral Health reviews over the years, looking at some of the scenarios where they might be prescribed. Today we have a look back over the evidence… Continue reading

12 months on: Cochrane Oral Health, Dundee Dental School, and Wikipedia – a project update

Cochrane Oral Health's Co-ordinating Editor Jan Clarkson talks to the Wikipedia Editing Team at Dundee Dental School

Cochrane Oral Health’s Co-ordinating Editor Jan Clarkson talks to the Wikipedia Editing Team at Dundee Dental School

Last summer, we blogged about the fantastic project to update articles about dentistry on Wikipedia, led by the students at Dundee Dental School.

The team have been doing excellent work to update Wikipedia with Cochrane evidence. The project has been running since January 2016, led by Dundee graduate Nour Geres. Continue reading

Welcoming Professor Kumbargere N Sumanth, new editor with the Cochrane Oral Health Group

image_4The Cochrane Oral Health Group is delighted to announce that we have offered the role of Editor with the Group to Professor Kumbargere N. Sumanth. He is the lead author on the protocol Interventions for managing post-extraction bleeding and on the published review Interventions for the management of taste disturbances. He is co-author on several other Cochrane Oral Health Group reviews. Continue reading

Highlights from Dublin

dublinThe Cochrane UK and Ireland Symposium was held in Dublin on 23-24 April, with two days of workshops, masterclasses and plenary sessions. Helen Wakeford (Deputy Managing Editor), Anne Littlewood (Trials Search Co-ordinator) and Jo Weldon (Research Co-ordinator) were in attendance. The theme of the conference was Advocating for Evidence, and it was fully explored in four fascinating plenary sessions. The Symposium was organized by Cochrane UK, and hosted by Cochrane Ireland at the beautiful Dublin Convention Centre on the banks of the Liffey. Continue reading