BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d243 (Published 19 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d243

Students who underperform in examinations because of anxiety do better when they spend 10 minutes writing about their fears just before they go to sit the exam. In a series of laboratory tests where low and high pressure testing situations were created, the students who wrote about their anxiety did better than those who wrote about unrelated, non-emotional subjects or who simply sat quietly for 10 minutes before the exam. The results were more pronounced in high pressure situations and in students who openly admitted their worries in a survey before the exam (Science 2011;331:211-3).

A new device designed to alleviate the pain and anxiety of intraoral dental injections is described in the Annals of Surgical Innovation and Research (2011;5:1, doi:10.1186/1750-1164-5-1). The syringe microvibrator delivers vibrations with ultra-high frequency and ultra-low amplitude, and can be placed on any standard dental syringe. The microvibrations are …

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