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7:00 PM EST November 24, 2015

Researchers urge caution in prescribing commonly used drug to treat ADHD

Authors of new Cochrane Review remain uncertain about effect of widely used medicine on ADHD symptoms, despite large amount of research. Some evidence of increased sleeplessness and loss of appetite leads researchers to encourage more caution in use of methylphenidate.

7:00 PM EST November 11, 2015

Doctors and patients making decisions together could reduce the number of antibiotics prescribed for acute respiratory infections

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.

7:00 PM EST November 04, 2015

Insufficient evidence for the use of Omega 3 supplements in treating depression

New research out today concludes that there is insufficient evidence for the use of taking an Omega 3 fatty acid supplement in treating major depressive disorder.

1:00 PM EDT September 14, 2015

Larger-sized portions, packages and tableware lead to higher consumption of food and drink, Cochrane review finds

A new review has produced the most conclusive evidence to date that people consume more food or non-alcoholic drinks when offered larger sized portions or when they use larger items of tableware.

12:00 AM EDT July 22, 2015

Targeting the strain of bacteria that causes ulcers may help prevent stomach cancer

A new review published in the Cochrane Libraryindicates that eradicating Helicobacter pylori bacterium— the main cause of stomach ulcers - with a short course of therapy comprising two commonly used medicines may help to reduce the risk of gastric cancer. 

12:00 AM EDT July 01, 2015

New health evidence gives women informed choice in the stress urinary incontinence surgery debate

A new Cochrane systematic review published today of surgery for stress urinary incontinence makes an important contribution to an ongoing debate and will help women to make more informed choices about treatment. Inserting a ‘mid-urethral sling’, a type of tape, to support the muscles of the bladder by either the groin or abdomen results in similar cure rates.

12:00 AM EDT June 11, 2015

“Is eating for two” a good idea? Maintaining a healthy weight during pregnancy helps mother and baby

Pregnant women can improve their health and even reduce the risk of complications during childbirth by maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise.

May 13, 2015

Evidence Aid researchers support international efforts in Nepal

As the second major earthquake struck Nepal less than three weeks after more than 8,000 people died in a devastating quake, UK-based Evidence Aid joins the world’s renewed response.

12:00 AM EDT April 16, 2015

Teaching children in schools about sexual abuse may help them report abuse

Children who are taught about preventing sexual abuse at school are more likely than others to tell an adult if they had, or were actually experiencing sexual abuse.

12:00 AM EDT March 26, 2015

Effect of natural sweetener Xylitol in preventing tooth decay still unproven

New research out today concludes that there is limited evidence to show that xylitol is effective in preventing dental cavities in children and adults.

12:00 AM EDT March 10, 2015

Hormone Replacement Therapy for postmenopausal women: Does it help or harm your heart?

New evidence published today in the Cochrane Library shows that hormone replacement therapy does not protect post-menopausal women against cardiovascular disease, and may even cause an increased risk of stroke.

12:00 AM EST March 05, 2015

Antiseptic prevents deaths in newborns

A low-cost antiseptic used to cleanse the cord after birth could help reduce infant death rates in developing countries by 12%, a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library suggests.

12:00 AM EST February 26, 2015

New evidence helps health workers in the fight against Ebola

One year after the first Ebola cases started to surface in Guinea, the latest findings from a Cochrane review show new ways of hydrating patients in critical care environments across the world.

12:00 AM EST December 17, 2014

NEW evidence shows Electronic Cigarettes facilitate smoking cessation

Do electronic cigarettes help smokers to quit? Yes, but….

New Cochrane review finds emerging evidence that smokers who use electronic cigarettes can stop or reduce their smoking.

12:00 AM EST November 20, 2014

Only half of patients take their medications as prescribed: are there interventions that will help them?

The cost of patients not taking their medications as prescribed can be substantial in terms of their health. Although a large amount of research evidence has tried to address this problem, there are no well-established approaches to help them, according to a new systematic review published in The Cochrane Library.

8:01 PM EDT October 29, 2014

Expectant mothers with epilepsy face tough choices over their medication

A new study published today in The Cochrane Library, highlights the difficult decisions women with epilepsy have to face when they become pregnant. Taking certain drugs used to control epilepsy during pregnancy may be linked to developmental problems in children. The authors of the study say evidence on the safety of anti-epileptic drugs is limited and that more research is needed to ensure women and their doctors make the most informed choices.

7:00 PM EDT October 08, 2014

Timing of epidural is up to the mother

When a woman is in labour, the appropriate time to give an epidural during childbirth is when she asks for it, a new study suggests. Published in The Cochrane Library, the systematic review compared early and late epidurals during labour and found that they had very similar effects.

7:00 PM EDT September 14, 2014

Cheaper alternative to licensed drug for treating eye disease has similar side-effects says new Cochrane Review

Health policies which favour using ranibizumab for treating eye disease in older people over safety concerns for a cheaper alternative should take account of a new Cochrane Review published today.

7:00 PM EDT August 20, 2014

Counselling has limited benefit on young people drinking alcohol

Counselling techniques used to help young people with drinking problems may be of limited benefit, a new study suggests.

7:00 PM EDT August 11, 2014

Shift workers: evidence for sleep inducing and alertness drugs is weak

Shift workers are taking drugs to help them stay awake or get to sleep despite weak evidence for their benefit, according to a new Cochrane review. The authors of the review found only small numbers of trials testing over-the-counter and prescription drugs used by shift workers, and the results suggest that for some people they might do more harm than good.