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  • Fast-Tracked Update
    Cochrane fast-tracked multiple updates to a Cochrane Review on personal protective equipment for healthcare workers: 'Personal protective equipment for preventing highly infectious diseases due to exposure to contaminated body fluids in healthcare staff.' We know that basic science research and innovation will be vital in containing and mitigating...
    19 May 2020
  • Cochrane has submitted a statement to the 73rd World Health Assembly, which is taking place virtually this week (18 and 19 May). The World Health Assembly (WHA) is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO) and is attended by representatives of all Member States. This year’s WHA focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic. Our statement...
    18 May 2020
  • Special Collection - Coronavirus (COVID-19): optimizing health in the home workspace
    Coronavirus (COVID-19): optimizing health in the home workspace To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, workers in many countries have changed their usual work habits and are working from home where feasible. Home working often involves prolonged sitting and working at a computer. This Special Collection, developed in collaboration with Cochrane...
    15 May 2020
  • Interventions for improving medication-taking ability and adherence in older adults prescribed multiple medications
    Cochrane Review: 'Interventions for improving medication‐taking ability and adherence in older adults prescribed multiple medication' Older people are often prescribed multiple medications, which can be challenging to manage and may lead to under-use or over-use of medication or medication-taking errors.

    Review authors asked, “What...
    15 May 2020
  • The Governing Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Tracey Howe as Co-Chair and Karen Kelly as a new member Governing Board Co-Chair: Tracey Howe Cochrane’s Governing Board has appointed Professor Tracey Howe as its new Co-Chair from 1st September 2020.  She will work alongside fellow Co-Chair Catherine Marshall, and replace Martin...
    14 May 2020
  • Rapid Review on plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 to treat individuals with COVID-19
    Rapid Review: Plasma from people who have recovered from COVID‐19 to treat individuals with COVID‐19 People who have recovered from COVID-19 develop natural defences to the disease in their blood (antibodies). Antibodies are found in part of the blood called plasma. Plasma from blood donated from recovered patients, which contains COVID-19...
    14 May 2020
  • Cochrane Oral Health
    The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the closure or reduction of dental services across the world. Now, attention is focused on planning the re-opening and restructuring of dental services. To support decision making, a group led by Professors Jan Clarkson and Craig Ramsay conducted an overview  of internationally produced guidance for re-opening...
    11 May 2020
  • Cochrane health evidence in different languages
    Only about 6% of the world’s population are native English speakers, and 75% of people don’t speak English at all. Many people do not have access to high quality health information, because it is not available in a language that they understand. We translate Cochrane evidence to make it more accessible, and to reduce the linguistic barrier to...
    11 May 2020
  • Patient looking at tablet where they are being treated via telehealth consult
    Cochrane has released a  Coronavirus (COVID-19) Special Collection: remote care through telehealth Telehealth refers to the provision of personalized health care over a distance. It embraces synchronous and asynchronous interactions including consulting by phone, instant messaging, video, text message, or web-based services. Telehealth consists of...
    6 May 2020
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    Dear Community colleagues, With the deepest disappointment and regret I have to inform you that as a result of the continued spread and impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) across the world, Cochrane’s 27th Colloquium in Toronto, Canada, between 4th-7th October this year has been cancelled. Cochrane’s Governing Board has concluded, with the...
    4 May 2020
  • How effective is quarantine alone or in combination with other public health measures to control coronavirus (COVID-19)?
    Cochrane has published a new Rapid Review assessing the effectiveness of quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The review summarizes evidence available from modelling studies that show how quarantining affects the spread of COVID-19. The studies included in the review consistently conclude that quarantine can play a role in...
    1 May 2020
  • Cochrane Podcasts
    Cochrane podcasts deliver the latest Cochrane evidence in an easy to access audio format, allowing you to stay up to date on newly published reviews wherever you are. Each Cochrane podcast offers a short summary of a recent Cochrane review from the authors themselves. They have been recorded in 33 languages and are brief, allowing everyone from...
    30 April 2020
  • Hand cleaning with ash for reducing the spread of viral and bacterial infections: a rapid review
    This new review is one of a series of rapid reviews that Cochrane contributors have prepared to inform the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Some infectious diseases are spread by airborne droplets from coughs and sneezes, which can infect people who touch contaminated skin or surfaces. Washing hands with soap and water may prevent these diseases from...
    28 April 2020
  • Barriers and facilitators to healthcare workers’ adherence with infection prevention and control (IPC) guidelines for respiratory infectious diseases: a rapid qualitative evidence synthesis
    Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new respiratory infectious disease that has spread quickly throughout the world. Healthcare workers treating patients with COVID-19 are at risk of infection themselves through droplets from coughs, sneezes or other body fluids from infected patients and contaminated surfaces.

    This review is one of a series of...
    21 April 2020
  • Collaborators from at least seven countries have compiled living evidence related to COVID-19 for use by clinicians, policymakers, researchers, guideline developers. Led by collaborators from Cochrane France, Cochrane Germany, Cochrane Ireland, Cochrane South Africa, the Cochrane Bias Methods Group and others, this project brings together the...
    20 April 2020
  • Cochrane Review confirms effectiveness of MMR vaccines
    New evidence published in the Cochrane Library today finds MMR, MMRV and MMR+V vaccines are effective and that they are not associated with increased risk of autism.
     
    Measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (also known as chickenpox) are infectious diseases caused by viruses. They are most common in children and young adults, and can lead...
    20 April 2020
  • Cochrane calls to support WHO in its response to COVID-19
    The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the connectedness and vulnerability of today’s world, and the need for solidarity and open collaboration across borders. Governments, health care professionals and researchers around the world are seeking answers to questions related to the treatment of patients, and how best to protect health care workers as well...
    17 April 2020
  • Special Collection
    Cochrane has released a  Coronavirus (COVID-19) Special Collection: regional anaesthesia to reduce drug use in anaesthesia and avoid aerosol generation Regional anaesthesia is the term given to a variety of techniques where an anaesthetist injects local anaesthetic around peripheral nerves or the spinal cord to create temporary paraesthesia or...
    16 April 2020
  • Cochrane International Mobility - Emma Persad
    Cochrane is made up of 11,000 members and over 67,000 supporters come from more than 130 countries, worldwide. Our volunteers and contributors are researchers, health professionals, patients, carers, people passionate about improving health outcomes for everyone, everywhere.Getting involved in Cochrane’s work means becoming part of a global...
    14 April 2020
  • The revised policy, which we plan to implement in October 2020, includes stricter rules for financial interests and the consideration of non-financial interests. Cochrane is proud to release its revised Conflict of Interest policy for Cochrane Library Content. The policy was created with the support of a project board made up of key stakeholders...
    14 April 2020

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