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7:00 PM EST December 03, 2013

Exercise Beneficial for Dementia

Exercise may benefit older people with dementia by improving their cognitive functioning and ability to carry out everyday activities, according to a new systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. However, the authors of the review did not see any clear effect of exercise on depression in older people with dementia and say that more evidence is needed to understand how exercise could reduce the burden on family caregivers and health systems.

7:00 PM EDT September 11, 2013

Exercise for Depression: Some Benefits but Better Trials Are Needed

Exercise may benefit people suffering from depression, according to an updated systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. The authors of the review found evidence to suggest that exercise reduces symptoms of depression, although they say more high quality trials are needed/

7:00 PM EDT August 20, 2013

Women Who Receive Midwife Care Throughout Their Pregnancy and Birth Have Better Outcomes

Maternity care that involves a midwife as the main care provider leads to better outcomes for most women, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. Researchers found that women who received continued care throughout pregnancy and birth from a small group of midwives were less likely to give birth pre-term and required fewer interventions during labour and birth than when their care was shared between different obstetricians, GPs and midwives.

7:00 PM EDT August 04, 2013

Do Antioxidants Improve a Woman’s Chances of Conceiving?

There is no high quality evidence that antioxidant supplements help to increase a woman’s chances of having a baby, according to the results of a new systematic review. The review, published in The Cochrane Library, found women were no more likely to conceive when taking oral antioxidants and that there was limited information about potential harms.

August 01, 2013

Clean water and soap may help improve growth in young children

Improving water quality and hygiene practices may improve the growth of children, according to a new report. The Cochrane review – authored by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and WaterAid – found evidence of small but significant improvements in growth of children under the age of five who have access to clean water and soap.

7:00 PM EDT July 10, 2013

Later Cord Clamping After Birth Increases Iron Levels in Babies

Delaying clamping of the umbilical cord after birth benefits newborn babies, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. The authors found babies’ blood and iron levels were healthier when the cord was clamped later.

7:00 PM EDT May 30, 2013

Probiotics Prevent Diarrhoea Related To Antibiotic Use

Probiotic supplements have the potential to prevent diarrhoea caused by antibiotics, according to a new Cochrane systematic review. The authors studied Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infections in patients taking antibiotics and found symptoms of diarrhoea were substantially reduced when patients were also treated with probiotics.

7:00 PM EDT May 30, 2013

Quitting Smoking: Licensed Medications Are Effective

Nicotine replacement therapy and other licensed drugs can help people quit smoking, according to a new systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. The study, which is an overview of previous Cochrane reviews, supports the use of the smoking cessation medications that are already widely licensed internationally, and shows that another drug licensed in Russia could hold potential as an effective and affordable treatment.

7:00 PM EDT April 29, 2013

Smoking Prevention in Schools: Does it Work?

Smoking prevention in schools reduces the number of young people who will later become smokers, according to a new systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. For young people who have never smoked, these programmes appear to be effective at least one year after implementation.

7:00 PM EDT April 29, 2013

Targeting Prescribers Can Reduce Excessive Use of Antibiotics in Hospitals

Giving prescribers access to education and advice or imposing restrictions on use can curb overuse or inappropriate use of antibiotics in hospitals, according to a new Cochrane systematic review. This is important because unnecessary use of these life-saving drugs is a key source of antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

7:00 PM EDT April 29, 2013

Cochrane Review Finds No Benefit of Evening Primrose Oil for Treating Eczema

Research into the complementary therapies evening primrose oil and borage oil shows little, if any, benefit for people with eczema compared with placebo, according to a new systematic review. The authors, who published their review in The Cochrane Library, conclude that further studies on the therapies would be difficult to justify.

8:00 PM EDT March 27, 2013

Cervical cancer: DNA-based test more accurate than repeat smear (“Pap”)

In women who have a potentially or mildly abnormal cervical smear, using a DNA-based test can identify those at higher risk of having precursors of cervical cancer, according to a new Cochrane systematic review. The authors found that the DNA-based test identified patients in possible need of treatment more accurately than a repeat smear test.

8:00 PM EDT March 27, 2013

Prebiotics: Do supplements in baby formula help prevent allergies?

Prebiotic supplements in infant formula may help to prevent eczema, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. However, the review highlights a lack of high quality evidence for the effects of prebiotics in preventing allergies.

8:00 PM EDT March 27, 2013

Diabetes: Computer based interventions provide limited support

Self-management interventions delivered by computer and mobile phone currently provide limited benefits for people with diabetes, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. Although computer and mobile phone-based self-management programmes had small positive effects on blood sugar levels, these effects seemed to be short-lived.

7:00 PM EST February 27, 2013

Spinal Cancer: Guidelines for Diagnosis Unsupported In Patients with Lower Back Pain

A new systematic review published in The Cochrane Library has raised doubts as to the effectiveness of “red flag” indicators at both identifying and excluding cancer in patients with lower back pain. The authors of the review concluded that most individual red flags were poor at diagnosing spinal malignancies and call for further studies focused on combinations of red flags.

7:00 PM EST February 27, 2013

Housing Improvements Should Be Targeted At Those in Poorest Health

Improving housing can improve health, particularly when interventions are targeted at those in the poorest health, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. The authors say their review underscores the importance of targeting those most in need when devising programmes for housing improvement.

7:00 PM EST February 27, 2013

Screening Decisions Are Better Informed When Risk Information Is Personalised

Patients’ ability to make genuinely informed choices about undergoing disease screening increases when the risk information that they receive is related to their own personal risk, rather than average risks, according to the results of a Cochrane systematic review. The authors reviewed data from studies, largely on cancer screens, in which patients were provided with personalised risk estimates.

7:00 PM EST January 30, 2013

Dementia: Cerebrolysin Shows Promise

Dementia patients may benefit from a promising new treatment called Cerebrolysin, according to the results of a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. The authors brought together the most up-to-date evidence on Cerebrolysin as a treatment for vascular dementia.

7:00 PM EST January 30, 2013

Current Evidence Does Not Support Selenium for Preventing Heart Disease in Well-Nourished Adults

A systematic review published today in The Cochrane Library finds that in well-nourished adults current evidence does not support selenium for preventing heart disease. The review suggests that taking selenium supplements does not reduce a person’s risk of developing heart disease, although most evidence is currently limited to healthy American adults.

7:00 PM EST January 30, 2013

Tuberculosis: WHO-Endorsed Test Offers Rapid Detection

A diagnostic test for tuberculosis (TB) can accurately and quickly detect both TB and drug-resistant strains, according to a new study. The authors of a new systematic review assessing the diagnostic accuracy of the Xpert® MTB/RIF test published in The Cochrane Library say their study can provide timely advice for clinicians and policymakers in countries where TB is a major public health problem.

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