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  • Sarah Chapman blogs new Cochrane evidence, published today, on vaccination reminders to increase uptake of routine vaccinations.Postcards – they’ve been with us since the 1840s and, particularly when postal deliveries took place several times a day, they were often used for urgent communication, a bit like we might text. Unlike texts, we can still...
    January 18 2018
  • The 25th annual Cochrane Colloquium, to be held in Edinburgh 16-18 September, has now been officially granted ‘Patients Included’ status, appearing on the official list of ‘Patients Included’ accredited conferences.The Patients Included conference charter provides conference organisers with ‘a means of demonstrating that their events are...
    January 16 2018
  • This may shock you, but not every paper we read is a Cochrane Review! Pragmatic evidence-based medicine means we should consider research in every form. Based on the merits and context of a paper, we need to decide: 1) whether it is a useful question to answer, 2) whether the research is robust, and 3) whether we can utilise this new knowledge in...
    January 15 2018
  • In this blog for non-medical readers, Harry Boardman discusses the different types of coronary stents which are used to treat people after a heart attack.Coronary artery disease refers to an obstruction within a coronary artery which impairs the passage of blood flow down the artery. The obstruction is usually caused by a fatty or chalky plaque....
    January 11 2018
  • What have patients and carers told us will make the 2018 Cochrane Colloquium, Cochrane For All, accessible, inclusive and interesting? As we work to make this conference a Patients Included event, here are some of their ideas. Sitting with friends in the last hours of 2017, our conversation turned, inevitably, to reflecting on the old year...
    January 8 2018
  • This year, Cochrane UK are hosting Cochrane Colloquium Edinburgh 2018. This is Cochrane’s annual health conference, bringing people together from around the world to discuss research into important global health questions and promote evidence-based health care.  It will be held in Edinburgh at the International Conference Centre in...
    January 5 2018
  • As we approach the end of 2017, Sarah Chapman looks back at the most popular blogs published this year on Evidently Cochrane. JanuaryChicken soup has brought comfort to many and not least in times of ill health, though in the books I read as a child ‘invalids’ were always offered that horrifying concoction calves foot jelly, which...
    December 21 2017
  • In this blog for the Evidence for Everyday Health Choices series, Sarah Chapman looks at the latest evidence on hearing aids for adults with acquired hearing loss.A quiet family lunch, a few weeks ago, was rather enlivened by my mum’s astonishment at the news that her granddaughter’s part-time jobs in Chile include ‘frog grooming’! It was some...
    December 19 2017
  • Sarah Chapman looks at new Cochrane evidence, published today, on the benefits and harms of antioxidants to reduce muscle soreness after exercise.Do you want to exercise without getting sore muscles afterwards? Of course you do! That’s great for any of us but, particularly for athletes, being able to prevent or reduce muscle soreness has...
    December 15 2017
  • The website for the 25th annual Cochrane Colloquium, taking place in Edinburgh from 16-18 September 2018, is now live.The Colloquium is Cochrane’s annual health conference, bringing people together from around the world to discuss research into important global health questions and promote evidence-based health care.  It will...
    December 11 2017

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