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  • 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
  • Cochrane seeks new Co-ordinating Editor - flexible location
    After nine years’ service as Co-ordinating Editor and Deputy Co-ordinating Editor for the Cochrane Colorectal Cancer Group (CCCG), Rick Nelson has decided to step down. We are grateful to Rick for his contribution to Cochrane over this period as an editor and author.We are now looking to appoint one or more new Co-ordinating Editor(s) to provide...
    9 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...
    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' story
    The 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 review
    Pregnant women in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) suffer...
    1 December 2015

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