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Autumn 2018

Welcome to the autumn edition of our newsletter! We've got news of the launch of the new-look Cochrane Library, and our move to our new home in a newly-refurbished building at the University of Manchester. We've also got an update on the team's presentations at the IADR conference in July, and lots of training courses you might find interesting. We've been busy with review updates this quarter too, find more details below!


Launch of the new look Cochrane Library

Cochrane Reviews are recognised internationally as representing a gold standard for high-quality, trusted information. They are published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Review, part of the Cochrane Library.

The Cochrane Library now has a new online platform, designed in collaboration with our publisher, Wiley, and built by HighWire, a technology platform provider. New features include a new Spanish language interface, improved searching of content across Cochrane reviews and protocols, clinical trials, Cochrane Clinical Answers, Editorials, and other systematic reviews from Epistemonikos.

Read more about the new platform here, and read a blog post about the project by Cochrane's Editor-in-Chief, David Tovey.

New home for Cochrane Oral Health

Cochrane Oral Health are on the move! For the past four years, we've been in temporary accommodation at the University of Manchester. In October 2018, we will move into the newly-refurbished Coupland III Building.

Coupland III is a Grade-II listed building, which was the original home of Manchester Medical School. The refurbishment is part of the University of Manchester's multi-million Campus Masterplan Project.

Our new address is:

Cochrane Oral Health
Coupland III Building
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

Our email address ( and telephone numbers will remain the same. You can find our individual email contact details here.

Cochrane Oral Health at IADR

The annual International Association for Dental Research (IADR) conference took place in London in July. Cochrane Oral Health's editorial team were involved in a number of meetings and workshops, including a joint symposium held with the Periodontal Research Group. This symposium looked at interpreting the results of RCTs and systematic reviews in the field of periodontology. The symposium was hosted by Deputy Co-ordinating Editor Anne-Marie Glenny and Magda Feres, from Guarulhos University in Brazil. Speakers included Co-ordinating Editor Helen Worthington, and Editor Thomas Lamont.

Cochrane Oral Health also hosted a workshop on Presenting and Interpreting Evidence for a Global Dental Ecosystem. This looked at our aim of collaborating with those involved in the funding, generation, synthesis, publication, dissemination and implementation of applied medical research. It examined ways we might work together with stakeholders to progress the uptake of high quality, impartial research evidence.

Getting to know RevMan Web

Cochrane's review writing software, RevMan, is changing. At the moment, it is a piece of software that is downloaded to the user's PC. However, RevMan activity is moving online, and this year will see the first reviews published using the new platform: RevMan Web.

Cochrane's RevMan Web team have jointly hosted a webinar with Cochrane's training team to introduce the new features. The webinar recording is available here, with a walkthrough and a Q&A.

New podcasts in Chinese and Croatian

Cochrane Oral Health's review Management of gag reflex for patients undergoing dental treatment is now available as a podcast in the Chinese language. Find it here.

A Croatian language podcast of our review Oral hygiene care for critically ill patients to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia is now available here.
New and updated publications on the Cochrane Library

New review: Oral care measures for preventing nursing home‐acquired pneumonia

This new review on the Cochrane Library looks at whether professional oral care measures (e.g. toothbrushing, denture cleansing, mouthrinsing, combined with dental check ups) can prevent pneumonia in nursing home residents. Four studies were found for inclusion. Read more.

Review update: Systemic antibiotics for symptomatic apical periodontitis and acute apical abscess in adults

This update considers whether antibiotics are effective when used in conjunction with painkillers for acute toothache and abscess. We found only two studies to include. Read more.

Review update: Maxillary distraction osteogenesis versus orthognathic surgery for cleft lip and palate patients

This updated review examines the benefits and risks of distraction osteogenesis for advancing the upper jaw compared to conventional orthognathic surgery in children and adults. Six randomised controlled trials were included. Read more.

Review update: Initial arch wires used in orthodontic treatment with fixed appliances

This update considers evidence from 12 randomised controlled trials, looking at the best kind of arch wires for orthodontists to use when putting braces on people's teeth. The review evaluates whether different types of initial arch wire result in faster straightening of teeth, reduced side effects and reduced pain. Read more.

Review update: Interventions for treating oro-antral communications and fistulae due to dental procedures

The effectiveness and safety of various interventions for treating communications between the oral cavity and the maxillary sinue due to dental procedures is examined in this Cochrane review update. Only one study was found for inclusion.  Read more.

Review update: Root coverage procedures for treating localised and multiple recession‐type defects

This review update looks at gingival recession (receding gums) and the best surgical options for treatment. 48 randomised controlled trials were included.  Read more.

Translating Cochrane Oral Health evidence

This quarter our reviews have been translated into Chinese, German, Malay, Russian, French, Portuguese, Polish and Spanish. For more information, see our June, July and August translation pages!

Highlighted review: Injectable local anaesthetic agents for preventing pain in participants requiring dental treatment

Our colleagues at Cochrane Anaesthesia, Critical and Emergency Care have published this new review, assessing the evidence on preventing pain during dental treatment using local anaesthetic. They included 123 trials in the review, with 19,223 participants. Read more.


Upcoming training opportunities

Introduction to writing a Cochrane review
Melaka, Malaysia, 10-12 October

Advanced search techniques for systematic reviews, health technology assessment and guideline development
York, UK, 16 October

Analysis methods for systematic reviews (RA3)
Oxford, UK, 16 October

Advanced topics in the analysis and reporting of systematic reviews (RA4)
Oxford, UK, 17 October

Advanced search strategy design for complex topics: strategy development, text analytics and text mining
York, UK, 17 October

Software to support the systematic review process
York, UK, 18 October

Developing a protocol for a Cochrane systematic review
Penang, Malaysia, 30 October to 1 November

Network meta-analysis
Sydney, Australia, 2 November to 4 November

Introduction to systematic reviews in health
Southampton, UK, 13 November

Beginning a systematic review protocol (RA1)
Oxford, UK, 13 November

The methods section of the protocol (RA2)
Oxford, UK,14 November

Introduction to health economics
Southampton, UK, 14 November

Systematic review part 1: writing the protocol
Mechelen, Belgium, 15 November

Writing a systematic review following Cochrane methods
Sydney, Australia, 3 December to 5 December


Cochrane Learning Live presents the following webinars which you can join online - sign up is free of charge.

Methods to estimate the between-study variance and to calculate uncertainty in the estimated overall effect size
9 October, 09:00 UTC
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