Featured Reviews and Press Releases

  • Latest health evidence shows that making changes to diet, physical activity, and behaviour may reduce obesity in children and adolescents
    Two new Cochrane Reviews are the last in a series of related systematic reviews summarizing evidence on the effects of different interventions for treating obesity and overweight in childhood and adolescence. The reviews summarize the results of 114 studies which involved more than 13,000 children and young people. They show that a combination of...
    22 June 2017
  • World No Tobacco Day 2017
    31 May is World No Tobacco Day. It is organized by the World Health Organization to draw attention to the health risks associated with the use of tobacco and what can still be done to reduce tobacco consumption around the world.In support of World No Tobacco Day 2017, the Cochrane Library presents an updated Special Collection which highlights a...
    31 May 2017
  • Growing evidence to support the use of patient decision aids
    Growing evidence to support the use of patient decision aidsDeciding on the best treatment or screening option can be hard. People can use decision aids when there is more than one option and neither is clearly better or when options have benefits and harms that people value differently. Decision aids may be pamphlets, videos, or web-based tools....
    25 May 2017
  • Cochrane's 'logo review' gets an update
    Cochrane’s logo illustrates the summary results from an iconic systematic review: Antenatal corticosteroids for accelerating fetal lung maturation for women at risk of preterm birth.See additional resources at the bottom of this articleEach horizontal line represents the results of one study, while the diamond represents the combined result - our...
    4 May 2017
  • World Asthma Day 2017
    World Asthma Day on 2 May  is an annual event on organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.Cochrane Airways works with authors (typically clinicians and researchers) to produce systematic reviews on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchiectasis and other lung diseases...
    2 May 2017
  • Could teaching teachers save lives?
    In this blog, GP Dr Robin Carr discusses the latest Cochrane evidence on whether asthma education for teachers and other school staff could improve the care of children with asthma in schools and reduce asthma deaths. Reposted with permission from Evidently Cochrane blog. “You can’t be serious, kids still die of asthma in your country?” my shocked...
    2 May 2017
  • New evidence finds standardized cigarette packaging may reduce the number of people who smoke.
    New Cochrane Review finds standardized tobacco packaging may lead to a reduction in smoking prevalence and reduces the appeal of tobacco. Please see related resources at the bottom of this page According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco use kills more people worldwide than any other preventable cause of death. Global health experts...
    27 April 2017
  • Featured Review: Psychosocial interventions to support pregnant women to stop smoking
    Reposted with permission from Cochrane Australia.Published recently, the sixth update of the Cochrane Review on Psychosocial interventions for supporting women to stop smoking in pregnancy weighs up the evidence on a critical health and social equity issue. Smoking remains one of the few preventable factors associated with complications in...
    3 April 2017
  • Featured Review: Moisturizer for eczema
    Applying moisturizers is an integral part of eczema treatment, but is it effective?Please see more resources at the bottom of this articleEczema is a chronic skin disease characterized by dry skin, intense itching, inflammatory skin lesions, and considerable impact on quality of life. Moisturizers are a cornerstone of eczema treatment, but it is...
    13 February 2017
  • Support for health professionals reduces unnecessary use of antibiotics in hospitals
    An updated Cochrane Review published 9 February has identified effective and safe ways to reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics in hospitals. Guidelines and policies that promote better targeting of antibiotics in patients who need them have the greatest impact when they are supported by the most effective ways to change doctors’ behaviour. Please...
    9 February 2017

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