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  • September is  Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Awareness Month and is an excellent time to focus on the latest Cochrane evidence.Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition affecting 8% to 13% of women in reproductive age. There are three main PCOS featuresmenstrual cycle problems, such as irregular periods or having no periods (meaning...
    10 September 2021
  •  Are corticosteroids (anti-inflammatory medicines) given orally or by injection an effective treatment for people with COVID-19?Key messagesCorticosteroids (anti-inflammatory medicines) given orally or by injection (systemic) are probably effective treatments for people hospitalised with COVID-19.  The authors don’t know whether they...
    31 August 2021
  • What can individuals do, especially those with long-term breathing problems, to avoid the effects of air pollution?This recently published Cochrane review explores this question, and we sat down with the lead author of the review to discuss the review findings. Tell us about this Cochrane review…What did you find out?The main thing that we...
    20 August 2021
  • The Cochrane Methods team has defined a programme of work to improve the quality and impact of Cochrane reviews in public health with the support of the Methods Executive, Methods Groups and Public Health and Health Systems Network. The programme has been designed to foster collaboration between Methods Groups and...
    19 August 2021
  • In this recently published Cochrane review, authors explored the effects of treating COVID-19 with remdesivir, an antiviral medication.  First author Kelly Ansems said "Based on the currently available evidence remdesivir probably has little or no effect on all-cause mortality at up to 28 days in hospitalised adults with SARS-CoV-2...
    18 August 2021
  • Key messages- We did not find enough, good-quality evidence to judge whether vitamin D is an effective or safe treatment for adults with COVID-19.- We need more research on this topic. Future research should focus on well-designed studies with robust methods.- We identified 21 studies on this topic that are ongoing. We will update this review when...
    20 June 2021
  • Updated systematic review from Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group: Signs and symptoms to determine if a patient presenting in primary care or hospital outpatient settings has COVID-19 disease.Updated April 2021: new visual abstract added. Can symptoms and medical examination accurately diagnose COVID-19?COVID-19 affects many organs...
    30 May 2021
  • Skin care treatments in babies, such as using moisturisers on the skin during the first year of life, probably do not stop them from developing eczema, and probably increase the chance of skin infection.The authors are uncertain how skin care treatments might affect the chances of developing a food allergy. We need evidence from well-conducted...
    6 May 2021
  • Evidence published in the Cochrane Library today will reassure people who want to stop smoking that quitting for at least 6 weeks may improve their mental wellbeing, by reducing anxiety, depression, and stress. People’s social relationships are unlikely to suffer if they stop smoking.  Smoking is the world's leading cause of preventable...
    14 March 2021
  • How well does behavioural activation therapy work for depression in adults?  And what about the effects of this treatment on depression for adults with long‐term physical conditions? Two Cochrane systematic reviews look at the available evidence.Depression is a common mental health problem. It can cause a persistent feeling of sadness and...
    28 February 2021

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