Cochrane evidence supports the use of kangaroo care in stabilized low birthweight infants as an alternative to conventional neonatal careConventional neonatal care of low birthweight infants (< 2500 g) is expensive and requires both highly skilled personnel and logistical support. Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) has been proposed as an alternative...
9 September 2016
A new Cochrane Review published in the Cochrane Library has found evidence from randomized trials that taking an oral vitamin D supplement in addition to standard asthma medication is likely to reduce severe asthma attacks.Scroll to the bottom of this article for a round-up of media coverageAsthma is a common chronic disease, affecting about 300...
6 September 2016
For more than 20 years, Cochrane has produced systematic reviews of primary research in human health care and health policy. We are internationally recognized as the highest standard in evidence-based healthcare resources.The Cochrane Review 'Xylitol-containing products for preventing dental caries in children and adults', published in March 2015...
31 August 2016
An overview of the featured Cochrane Reviews for August 2016.Featured Review: Interventions to reduce corruption in the health sector
Scarce evidence, but pointers to promising strategies to fight corruption in health care.
Featured Review: Interventions for preventing abuse in the elderly
Lack of good research on...
30 August 2016
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A Cochrane Library Special Collection, developed in conjunction with Evidence Aid, brings together Cochrane Reviews addressing health conditions relevant to refugees and asylum seekers.This Special Collection presents systematic reviews on health conditions relevant for...
29 August 2016
A round-up of selected recent media coverage citing, discussing, and presenting health evidence - updated throughout the month. 'Surprisingly Little Evidence for the Usual Wisdom About Teeth' in The New York Times rounds up oral health evidence - with Cochrane Reviews in the spotlight.
'Testing government policies first means we spend...
29 August 2016
Cochrane's 2015 Annual Review is now available. The 2015 Review features updates from the Steering Group Co-Chairs, the CEO, and the Editor in Chief, as well as achievements from 2015 and plans for 2016. Get the latest updates on Strategy to 2020, our financial standing, and our geographical reach. Read more about how Cochrane Reviews are making a...
23 August 2016
Cochrane Nutrition's vision is to make Cochrane the independent, globally recognized go-to place for nutrition systematic reviewsCochrane is delighted to announce the establishment of the Cochrane Nutrition Field (Cochrane Nutrition), under the leadership of Cochrane South Africa (SA), the South African Medical Research Council, and the Centre for...
22 August 2016
Scarce evidence, but pointers to promising strategies to fight corruption in health care
Corruption can occur in any area of the health sector, and happens when people abuse their own position to beneﬁt themselves, their organization, or other people close to them. It can take many forms, including bribes, theft, or giving incorrect or...
18 August 2016
Lack of good research on which programs or strategies are useful in preventing or reducing elder abuse
The maltreatment of older people, also known as elder abuse, is a global problem, affecting large numbers of people worldwide. It’s a single or repeated act and, although it may be caused by employed carers, the abuse is more commonly...
16 August 2016
Are there benefits of offering music interventions as a complementary treatment to people with cancer?Cancer may result in extensive emotional, physical, and social suffering. Current cancer care increasingly incorporates psychosocial interventions to improve quality of life. Music therapy and music medicine interventions have been used to...
15 August 2016
One randomized trial has been done to date that compares different ways of using sunscreen and physical barrier methods to protect against common non-melanoma skin cancers. The quality of evidence to date is low, but the review team urge caution in changing behaviour on the basis of the review findings.
Keratinocyte cancer is a more...
12 August 2016
Chewing gum, lozenges, or syrup with xylitol can reduce the occurrence of middle ear infection among healthy children from 30% to 22%.Acute otitis media (AOM) is the most common bacterial infection among young children in the United States. AOM creates a thick of sticky fluid behind the eardrum in the middle ear with a rapid onset of ear pain,...
10 August 2016
We have rounded up Cochrane evidence to help support athletes seeking to win a gold medal …and for everyone that is inspired to get active!Cryotherapy: does it work and is it safe?Injection treatments for Achilles tendinopathyKnee orthoses for patellofemoral pain syndromeRubefacients for musculoskeletal painStretching -does it reduce muscle...
8 August 2016
Study offers insight on factors influencing choice of publication in Cochrane and non-Cochrane sources.
New evidence published in BioMed Central’s Systematic Reviews provides some insights into authors’ experiences preparing and publishing systematic reviews, as well as factors that influence choice of publication arena, specifically...
4 August 2016
Tianjing Li and Julian Higgins recognized for their important contributions. The Society for Research Synthesis Methodology supports and promotes the development and use of innovative and robust methods of research synthesis. At their 2016 Annual Meeting, held in Florence, Italy from 11-13 July, the Society recognized the important contributions...
27 July 2016
Authors working with the Cochrane ENT Group recently published six reviews which look at the evidence around different treatment options for chronic rhinosinusitis.Chronic rhinosinusitis is a common condition that is defined as inflammation of the nose and paranasal sinuses (a group of air-filled spaces behind the nose, eyes, and cheeks). Patients...
26 July 2016
A round-up of selected recent media coverage citing, discussing, and presenting health evidence - updated throughout the month "When and how to update systematic reviews: consensus and checklist": BMJ paper from a team of Cochrane-affiliated contributors outlines issues relevant to making decisions about updating reviews, and provides a ...
21 July 2016
A recent article in the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin on the BMJ states that other than folic acid and vitamin D, there is limited evidence of the benefits of the often expensive prenatal multivitamins. This story has been picked up by many media outlets including BBC News, CBC News, and The Japan Times. The conclusions are in line with what...
13 July 2016
Cochrane evidence indicates that only 10% of people with tension-type headaches experience benefit from taking oral paracetamolTension-type headache affects about one person in five worldwide. People with frequent, or acute episodic, tension-type headache have between two and 14 headaches every month. Tension-type headache stops people...
4 July 2016