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  • The most robust evidence yet, now available in the Cochrane Library, suggests that national smoking legislation does reduce the harms of passive smoking, and particularly risks from heart disease.4 February is World Cancer Day. Read more about Cochrane's partnership with UICC to support evidence-based advocacy for cancer control.An updated...
    4 February 2016
  • 4 February is World Cancer Day. Read the latest Cochrane evidence relevant to cancer research and prevention.The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and Cochrane are pleased to announce that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop and implement joint activities that support evidence-based advocacy for cancer control....
    4 February 2016
  • Cochrane exists so that healthcare decisions get better.During the last 20 years Cochrane has helped to transform the way health decisions are made. We produce systematic reviews that summarize the best available evidence generated through research to inform decisions about health, and publish them online in the Cochrane Library.Cochrane is a...
    2 February 2016
  • Updated Cochrane Review is making an impact in care
    Updated Cochrane Review from Cochrane Kidney and Transplant Group is making an impact in care.‘It’s not every day we get to see the immediate clinical translation of our research into care for our next patient,’ says Jonathan Craig, Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Kidney and Transplant Group. ‘Which makes it quite striking and genuinely...
    28 January 2016
  • In August 2015 the Cochrane Editorial Unit announced the first call for applications to the Cochrane Review Support Programme which was open to all Cochrane Review Groups. We received 32 applications from 21 Groups.  To evaluate the applications we convened an international assessment panel comprising seven Cochrane contributors and consumers of...
    25 January 2016
  • Low back pain (LBP) is a common condition, widely reported as a major health and socioeconomic problem associated with work absenteeism, disability, and high costs for patients and society. Exercise is a modestly effective treatment for chronic LBP, and a Nursing Times article reports on a recent Cochrane Review assessing low to moderate quality...
    21 January 2016
  • Should diet and lifestyle interventions be focused only on the parents of overweight children?
    Should diet and lifestyle interventions be focused only on the parents of overweight children?Across the world more children are becoming overweight and obese. These children are more likely to suffer from health problems, both as children and later in life. The home environment is an important factor in childhood obesity, with parents playing a...
    14 January 2016
  • Should kids taking antibiotics also take probiotics?
    Should kids taking antibiotics also take probiotics?Antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) occurs when antibiotics disturb the natural balance of "good" and "bad" bacteria in the intestinal tract, causing harmful bacteria to multiply beyond their normal numbers. The symptoms of AAD include frequent watery bowel movements and crampy abdominal pain....
    14 January 2016
  • Are preventive interventions needed for dialysis patients?  An arteriovenous access consists of a direct surgical connection between an artery and a vein in the arm (fistula) or a plastic conduit connecting an artery and a vein (graft). If these forms of access become dysfunctional, the delivery of dialysis therapy becomes suboptimal. The most...
    12 January 2016
  • A new Cochrane Review shows that targeting exercises to muscles that support and control the spine offers another strategy to reduce pain and disability caused by lower back pain.Lower back pain is one of the most common health conditions worldwide. It can have substantial health and economic costs as people experience disability and general ill...
    11 January 2016

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