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  1. Nick Brown, Editor in Chief
  1. Department of Paediatric, Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury SP2 8BJ, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nick Brown; nickjwbrown{at}gmail.com

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Diseases of poverty—part 1: dental health

I’m certainly (like many) guilty of affording dental health too little attention. Though 60 000 child inpatient episodes in the UK every year are for dental extraction, poor dental health generally passes under the acute medial radar. It is strongly associated with social inequities, the cause of pain and school loss and given that it is entirely preventable, we should be staggered that 25% of children start school with caries. The first paper in an excellent new series by Jenny Godson and colleagues ( see page 5 ) accompanied by MacMahon’s compelling findings of greater dental morbidity in looked after children in Scotland ( see page 39 ) and contextualised by Sara Hurley’s editorial should spur us to address our failings as advocates in this area.

The returning traveller: well or unwell

Malaria in returning travellers, as is well known, is on the increase and likely to escalate further given the exponential rise in long haul travel. Though an estimated 10% of the current 1500 of the current annual UK ‘imported’ cases occur in …

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