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  • This week sees the publication of Making Sense of Allergies, the latest guide from Sense About Science, which they’ve put together with input from Cochrane and several other organizations. There’s a need for reliable information about allergies and how they differ from intolerances, as 13 year old Edward Conroy explains in...
    June 5 2015
  • Confusion about allergies is putting people needlessly at risk say experts and medical charities.In Making Sense of Allergies, a guide published today by Sense About Science [1], allergy specialists and charities warn that essential information and life-saving actions are being diluted in a sea of over diagnosis. There has been a rapid rise...
    June 4 2015
  • Cochrane and Wikipedia have a partnership for Cochrane to work with Wikipedia medical editors to transform the quality and content of health evidence available online. The partnership, formalized in 2014, supports the inclusion of relevant evidence within all Wikipedia medical articles, as well as processes to help ensure that medical information...
    June 4 2015
  • We’re not ones to stand still here at Cochrane UK, nor let a good idea slip past when it has potential for helping us make evidence accessible. So when that pioneering woman and founder of #WeNurses Teresa Chinn (@AgencyNurse) tweeted that she was experimenting with a form of microblogging that is longer...
    June 2 2015
  • It’s not often that a pressure ulcer sets someone’s heart pounding, apart, perhaps, for the nurse who discovers that his or her patient has one. But this was the experience of Dr Jeffrey Levine,  a current practitioner in geriatric medicine and wound care, on finding a copy of Charcot’s Lectures on the Diseases of the Central...
    June 2 2015
  • From the comfortable distance of six months’ retirement from General Practice, I read with interest the implications of this Cochrane Review, published in March 2015, looking at personalised care planning for adults with chronic or long-term health conditions. Common sense and experience might well lead us to expect that only good can...
    May 22 2015
  • Missed our Cochrane UK & Ireland Symposium 2015? Or, want to remind yourself of what was discussed in the plenary sessions? Watch the plenary videos, here on our YouTube channel!The full line-up:Opening plenary: Kathleen Mac Lellan & Roger O'SullivanPlenary 2: Maire Ennis-O'Connor & Athula SumathipalaPlenary 3: Phil HammondClosing...
    May 21 2015
  • While most, if not all, members and readers of Students 4 Best Evidence (S4BE) will be keen advocates of the practise of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) it would be foolish to suggest that it is without flaws. Understanding these weaknesses is important in order to improve our practice of EBM, both at an individual and wider level.‘Time to...
    May 21 2015
  • Making Sense of Uncertainty is a fascinating paper that takes the reader on a journey through what uncertainty in research means and how it can be understood in order to make decisions, or used to misrepresent or devalue scientific arguments, whether intentionally or through misunderstanding.Created by Sense About Science, an organisation...
    May 19 2015
  • Three very good questions we might, as patients, ask our doctors when offered a test or a treatment are ‘is it supported by evidence?’, ‘could it harm me?’ and ‘is it necessary?’ These questions are at the heart of the Choosing Wisely initiative, developed in the US and Canada and launched this week here in the UK. It’s all about identifying...
    May 19 2015

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