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 fluoridation prevents tooth decay.
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.
The Cochrane Library has published one of the most comprehensive assessments to date on the benefits and harms of a widely prescribed drug used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
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 provide nutrition for the fetus, these women often become more deficient. This deficiency can impact on their health and that of their babies.
Timeline: the deworming debate
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“Big Data” has become a commonly used catchphrase in recent years, as reliance on computer technology has spread across financial, retail, communications, record management, and other sectors. The term refers to the collection, management, and storage of vast amounts of data – defined by Wikipedia as ‘data sets so large or complex that traditional data processing applications are inadequate.’
Implementation of structured telephone support and non-invasive home telemonitoring should be considered an evidence-based strategy to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people with heart failure
A new Cochrane Review published today shows that when doctors and patients are encouraged to discuss the need for prescribing antibiotics for acute respiratory infections jointly, fewer are prescribed. This may be useful in the fight against antibiotic resistance.