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  • “Do we still remember the question we are trying to answer?Or have we substituted an easier one?”(Daniel Kahneman) [1]Good news: Fluoride helps raise bone mineral density.Sounds promising, doesn’t it?But wait a second, will that change translate into a reduction in fracture risk?Actually, no [2]. Don’t cry Joni. Life’s not that easy.The thing...
    April 8 2016
  • This blog has been reproduced in full from Evidently Cochrane. To read more Evidently Cochrane blogs, click here.Let’s get a couple of things straight at the start. We don’t know what causes type 1 diabetes or how to prevent it. We do know that type 2 diabetes is largely preventable. We’re too fat, too sedentary and too many of us now have...
    April 8 2016
  • We are delighted to announce today thatCochrane Canada has returned to McMaster University in Hamilton.Cochrane Canada’s return to McMaster Universitywill be led by a new Director, Holger Schünemann. He says this is an exciting announcement: “The relocation of the Canadian centre is important to McMaster. I would like to thank Jeremy...
    April 5 2016
  • The 2016 Cochrane UK & Ireland Symposium Health Professional winning infographic was based on a review from the Cochrane Oral Health Group, Fluoride toothpastes of different concentrations for preventing dental caries in children and adolescents.The review found some evidence of a dose-response effect in the prevention of caries when the...
    March 30 2016
  • In the UK 5.4 million people are receiving treatment for asthma. This equates to 1:11 children and 1:12 adults. In 2014 1216 people died from asthma, or, put another way, about 3 people every day. In addition, a patient was hospitalised every 8 minutes as a result of asthma. The cost to the NHS is around £1billion pounds per year. All this is...
    March 24 2016
  • NIHR research programme boards and panels select the most important research questions to commission, and make funding recommendations on project applications.They are looking for additional expertise for the boards or panels of the following programmes:Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) ProgrammeNIHR Health Services and Delivery...
    March 23 2016
  • This is the latest featured blog from Students 4 Best Evidence, a blogging network for students interested in evidence-based healthcare. “The p-value is probably the most ubiquitous and at the same time, misunderstood,misinterpreted, and occasionally miscalculated index in all of biomedical research.”(Steven Goodman) [1]Do you feel...
    March 23 2016
  • In this guest blog, retired GP Richard Lehman writes of of the dearth of evidence on treatments for delusional disorder and hopes there may be an abundance of kindness, as illustrated by Cervantes in his tale of Don Quixote.The Oxford Lunatic Asylum opened in 1826, set in ten acres of fields and woods on Headington Hill among which the...
    March 18 2016
  • My interest in Evidence-Based Medicine/Healthcare/PracticeI have had a love for Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM), or Healthcare, or Practice – or whatever name is politically correct nowadays – since my second year of medicine, when I came to understand the importance of research.It was through learning about research and its importance that I...
    March 18 2016
  • This article was first published in The Practising Midwife (see links below), our partner journal for Evidence for Everyday Midwifery. It has been written in two parts; Sarah Chapman (Cochrane UK) first summarises the review and then Alys Einion (Associate Professor in Midwifery at Swansea University) reflects on the evidence...
    March 10 2016

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