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  • The Scientific Committee  will strengthen the scientific integrity and oversight of methodological practice within Cochrane
    We announce with pleasure the launch of our Scientific Committee which will strengthen the scientific integrity and oversight of methodological practice within Cochrane.This important Committee will support the Editor in Chief and the work of our Methods and Cochrane Review Groups, as well as colleagues working in our Centres and Fields across the...
    16 February 2017
  • Featured Review: Moisturizer for eczema
    Applying moisturizers is an integral part of eczema treatment, but is it effective?Please see more resources at the bottom of this article
    Eczema is a chronic skin disease characterized by dry skin, intense itching, inflammatory skin lesions, and considerable impact on quality of life. Moisturizers are a cornerstone of eczema treatment, but...
    13 February 2017
  • Support for health professionals reduces unnecessary use of antibiotics in hospitals
    An updated Cochrane Review published 9 February has identified effective and safe ways to reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics in hospitals. Guidelines and policies that promote better targeting of antibiotics in patients who need them have the greatest impact when they are supported by the most effective ways to change doctors’ behaviour. Please...
    9 February 2017
  • Global Evidence Summit 2017: Call for abstracts open
    Your chance to be part of the first ever Global Evidence Summit begins now…Call for abstracts extended to 15 MarchOpportunities to present special sessions, workshops, oral presentations, and poster abstracts open on 5 January 2017. This is your chance to be part of the Global Evidence Summit (GES) and we look forward to receiving abstracts around...
    1 February 2017
  • Cochrane-Wikipedia Initiative
    Cochrane has partnered with Wikipedia to improve the evidence base of Wikipedia health articlesCochrane has a commitment to producing and sharing high-quality medical evidence to as broad an audience as possible. As a way of achieving this, Cochrane has been working in partnership with Wikipedia since 2014 to improve the evidence base of health...
    1 February 2017
  • Yoga may have health benefits for people with chronic non-specific lower back pain
    A Cochrane Review, published in the Cochrane Library, suggests that yoga may lead to a small reduction in pain in people with chronic non-specific lower back pain over the short term. However, researchers advise that more studies are needed to provide information on long-term effects.Lower back pain is a common health problem, and is usually...
    31 January 2017
  • Cochrane in the news: January 2017
    A round-up of selected recent coverage citing, discussing, and presenting health evidence - updated throughout the month.   New Statesman blog post 'Eat yourself happy' mentions Cochrane Nordic's review on antidepressants and suicide.The Spectator examines Cochrane 'robust evidence' on yoga and back pain. Cochrane Review shows Aspirin for frequent...
    27 January 2017
  • What were the most popular Cochrane Reviews of 2016? Find out in a Special Collection, now available on the Cochrane Library, which showcases some of the best work from Cochrane contributors worldwide. All of the included reviews are freely available via the Cochrane Library website (link pointing to an archived version of the original page).
    23 January 2017
  • Learning about Cochrane in 6 South Asian languages
    South Asia is home for over 1.6 billion people, speaking hundreds of languages among them. At least 12 of these languages are each spoken by 30 million or more people. All the countries in this region are categorized as either low or lower-middle income economies. Though English remains the official medium of instruction and communication among...
    18 January 2017
  • BMJ partners with Cochrane ​Clinical Answers​ to boost knowledge at the point of care
    Evidence reviews now incorporated into BMJ Best Practice to better inform decision making.BMJ, one of the world’s leading medical knowledge providers, has teamed up with Cochrane Clinical Answers, a new resource from the Cochrane Library, to better deliver evidence and inform decision making at the point of care.  The collaboration means that...
    10 January 2017
  • We are very pleased to announce that Cochrane South Africa has appointed Charles Shey Wiysonge as its new Director, effective December 2016.Originally trained as a physician, Professor Wiysonge has also completed extensive postgraduate training in epidemiology, evidence-based health care, and vaccinology. His previous roles have included serving...
    5 January 2017
  • Featured Review: Caregiver-mediated exercises for improving outcomes after stroke
    Caregiver-mediated exercises may be a promising form of therapy to add to usual care.Stroke is a major cause of acquired adult disability. Research has shown that more time spent on exercise therapy in the first weeks to months after stroke leads to better functioning and allowing early supported discharge. Due to lack of personnel and resources,...
    29 December 2016
  • The impact of Cochrane evidence on how often to change peripheral venous catheters
     The Cochrane Review Clinically-indicated replacement versus routine replacement of peripheral venous catheters is an update of a review previously published in April 2013, and first published in 2010 from the Cochrane Vascular Group.The review found significant evidence that routinely changing or replacing peripheral venous catheters is no better...
    21 December 2016
  • New Campbell review confirms little or no effect of community deworming
    Reposted with permission from Cochrane Infectious Diseases.The results of a Campbell review of deworming programmes, published in this month’s edition of Lancet Global Health, reaffirms the findings of an earlier Cochrane review concerning soil-transmitted intestinal worms that was conducted by researchers from the University of Liverpool and the ...
    20 December 2016
  • Cochrane and MAGIC announce partnership
    Cochrane and MAGIC are delighted to announce the launch of an official partnership, aimed at supporting and further strengthening the use of health evidence within the context of a digital and trustworthy evidence ecosystem for health care.MAGIC (formally known as the MAking GRADE the Irresistible Choice (MAGIC) organization) is a non-profit...
    19 December 2016
  • 230 collaborators from 49 countries join to announce the official launch of Cochrane Rehabilitation
    Cochrane is delighted to announce the official launch of Cochrane Rehabilitation.Cochrane Rehabilitation is a global network of individuals, involved in the production, dissemination, and implementation of evidence-informed clinical practice in rehabilitation.The new Cochrane Field will promote and advocate for using the best evidence within the...
    16 December 2016
  • http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD009921.pub2/abstract
    A new Cochrane Review, summarizing data from 132 trials of automated telephone systems in preventing and managing long-term health conditions, concludes that they probably have the potential to play an important role in the delivery of health care.  However, further research is needed to understand more about their acceptability and costs....
    14 December 2016
  • The Cochrane Review on portion sizes - from publication to informing policy
    The Cochrane Review, 'Portion, package or tableware size for changing selection and consumption of food, alcohol and tobacco published in September 2015 from the Cochrane Public Health Group found significant evidence that people consume more food or non-alcoholic drinks when offered larger sized portions or when they use larger items of tableware...
    9 December 2016
  • A round-up of selected recent coverage citing, discussing, and presenting health evidence - updated throughout the month.       Authors of recent Cochrane Review on automated telephone systems in preventing and managing long-term health condition were interviewed in M.D. Alert. Medical Express reports on new Cochrane Review about automated...
    7 December 2016
  • Join the Cochrane Crowd 48-hour Citation Screening Challenge!
      Cochrane Crowd, Cochrane’s new citizen science platform, is a global community of almost 4,000 volunteers who are helping to classify the research needed to support informed decision-making about healthcare treatments. Cochrane Crowd would like your help to achieve one million classifications by the end of the year. Help Cochrane Crowd get over...
    6 December 2016

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