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  • Featured Review: Water precautions for prevention of infection in children with ventilation tubes (grommets)
    Does keeping ears dry after getting ventilation tubes help prevent problems such as infections? Ventilation tubes are used to treat hearing loss due to glue ear, or to treat recurrent ear infections. Most surgeons agree that children's ears should be kept dry for a few weeks after the operation, but not all agree on whether ears need to be kept...
    19 February 2016
  • Cochrane Review on vaginal prolapse surgery spotlighted
    A common surgery to treat vaginal prolapse using an artificially grafted mesh has more problems than benefits, a new Cochrane Review has found.  Women who underwent the operation had high rates of needing repeat surgery due to mesh exposure, bladder injury, and urinary incontinence. Listen to lead author Dr Christopher Maher discuss the latest...
    17 February 2016
  • What services are effective to support street-connected children?Millions of children and young people are estimated to be living and working on streets around the world. ‘Street-connected children and young people’ refers to children who work or sleep, or both, on the streets, often without conventional adult care or supervision. Important risks...
    11 February 2016
  • New evidence published in the Cochrane Library highlights benefits and harms of using artificial mesh when compared with tissue repair in the surgical treatment of vaginal prolapse. Slightly better repair with mesh needs to be weighed carefully against increased risk of harms.Listen to a podcast summarizing the review  |  Read an editorial from...
    9 February 2016
  • 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

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