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  • 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
  • Rebecca Selby, a mum of three, shares how a Cochrane Review impacted her family. Cross-posted from the Cochrane Blog.When I went into labour with our middle son at 32 weeks' gestation, I was given steroid injections to give his lungs the best possible chance in the outside world. When George was born he spent almost a month in intensive care and...
    7 January 2016
  • New national licence agreement offers Switzerland unlimited access to the Cochrane Library - the leading resource in evidence-based health careSwiss patients and healthcare practitioners will now have access to more than 6500 published systematic reviews in healthcare interventions through one-click access to the  Cochrane Library. It is a leading...
    7 January 2016
  • Fluoridation of community drinking water to prevent tooth decay is a widespread public health intervention and has been since the mid-twentieth century. An article in the Guardian discusses the ongoing debate over safety and effectiveness of fluoridation, and cites a recent Cochrane Review assessing the available evidence on whether water...
    4 January 2016
  • Canada's Global News reports on an editorial published 7 December 2015 in CMAJ, the Canadian Association Medical Journal. The editorial, addressed to Canada's new Minister of Health, Dr Jane Philpott, outlines a series of recommendations in key health policy areas, including restoration of funding for Cochrane Canada, which was discontinued by the...
    9 December 2015
  • In an analysis published in the 2 December issue of the BMJ, the authors of the Cochrane Review of 'Portion, package or tableware size for changing selection and consumption of food, alcohol and tobacco' consider the policy implications of the review's findings. The Cochrane Review, published in September 2015, found significant evidence that...
    7 December 2015
  • The Authors' storyThe Cochrane authors of ‘Health system and community level interventions for improving antenatal care coverage and health outcomes’ share the background of the review, the evidence they found, and their recommendations.Background to the reviewPregnant women in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) suffer disproportionately...
    1 December 2015
  • Authors of new Cochrane Review remain uncertain about effect of widely used medicine on ADHD symptoms, despite large amount of research. Some evidence of increased sleeplessness and loss of appetite leads researchers to encourage more caution in use of methylphenidate.The Cochrane Library has published one of the most comprehensive assessments to...
    25 November 2015
  • In low- and middle-income countries, many women have poor diets and are deficient in nutrients and micronutrients which are required for good health. Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals that are needed by the body in very small quantities but are important for normal functioning, growth, and development. During pregnancy, with the need to...
    20 November 2015

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