Cognitive stimulation for people with dementia: making a difference
Cognitive stimulation is a structured approach that aims to engage people with dementia in enjoyable activities that generally stimulate areas of cognition such as thinking, language skills, concentration and memory. In this blog, retired clinical psychologist and dementia care researcher, Bob Woods, explains how it might help people living with dementia.
Cochrane London 2023: early registration extended until 7 June 2023
Early bird registration has been extended for the 2023 Cochrane Colloquium. Register by Wednesday 7 June 2023 to get the reduced early bird rate
Antidepressants for chronic pain: an important evidence gap
A recent Cochrane Review – the largest ever investigation into antidepressants used for chronic pain - shows insufficient evidence to determine how effective or harmful they may be. In this blog, principal investigator Tamar Pincus explains the findings, and a clinician (Dr Peter Cole), a patient, and a researcher (Hollie Birkinshaw,) share their reflections.
iHealthFacts website: fact-check things you read and hear about health
In this blog, Dr Paula Byrne, post-doctoral researcher with the University of Galway, explains the difficulty – and importance of – knowing whether health information is true, and explains how iHealthfacts – a website where the public can fact-check things they read and hear about health – aims to help.
Ear-related balance disorders: evidence and resources
In a blog for people with ear-related balance disorders and those supporting them, Sarah Chapman and Selena Ryan-Vig from Cochrane UK share the latest Cochrane evidence and some useful resources, introduced by Professor Martin Burton.
Antibody tests for COVID-19: what use are they in practice?
In this blog for General Practitioners, Robert Walton, Senior Fellow in General Practice at Cochrane UK, examines the latest Cochrane evidence on antibody testing for COVID-19 and looks at how useful these tests might be for GPs in the UK.
Competition for consumers to attend Cochrane London 2023 for free
Cochrane UK is funding the opportunity for two patients, carers or patient advocates to attend Cochrane London 2023. Taking place 4th-6th September 2023, this is Cochrane’s annual healthcare evidence conference. Prize details Successful applicants will get:
Cochrane prizes and awards: nominations now open
Nominate your Cochrane colleagues for prizes and awards by 12 June 2023. Every year Cochrane awards members of its Community with a range of prizes that highlight high-quality methodological research, supporting health decision-making in developing countries, and contributors who have made a significant contribution to the organization. The winners of the 2023 prizes will be announced at the Colloquium. You have until 12 June 2023 to make your nominations.
Treating long-lasting low back pain without surgery: the latest evidence
We answer some questions you may have if you’re affected by pain and discomfort in your lower back which has no identifiable cause (it’s ‘non-specific’) and has lasted longer than 3 months (it’s ‘chronic’). On this page, we look at the potential benefits and harms of various non-invasive, non-surgical treatment options. The answers are based on the latest trustworthy evidence from Cochrane and NHS advice.