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  • New Cochrane Library Special Collection 20 November 2019 is the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease’s World COPD day. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic lung disease. The main symptoms are shortness of breath, cough, and sputum production. COPD is caused by breathing in noxious particles or gases from...
    November 19 2019
  • A report on Saturated Fats and Health by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has recently been published by Public Health England using evidence from the Cochrane Heart Group review, Reduction in saturated fat intake for cardiovascular disease.The report from Public Health England considers the relationship between saturated fats...
    November 6 2019
  • Cochrane Heart will be conducting priority setting exercises, to find out which questions are most important to focus on in terms of treating heart diseases and preventing cardiovascular diseases. We are undertaking priority setting so that our research concentrates on topics that are important to people, and on research that has not yet been done...
    October 31 2019
  • Asthma is a disease of the lungs, symptoms include wheezing, breathlessness, and chest tightness.Two main features of asthma are underlying inflammation and bronchoconstriction (tightening of the muscles around small tubes in the lungs). The inflammation can be treated with daily steroid inhalers. The bronchoconstriction can be treated with a...
    September 26 2019
  • One of the earliest Cochrane Reviews on high blood pressure was first published in 1998, investigating treatments for the elderly. It was substantively updated for a second time in June 2019 and we asked the lead author, Vijaya Musini, from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada to tell us about the evidence.High blood pressure or...
    September 18 2019
  • Cochrane has created eight new Networks of Cochrane Review Groups responsible for the efficient and timely production of high-quality systematic reviews that address the research questions that are most important to decision makers.In this short film we focus on the Cochrane Circulation and Breathing Network. This film introduces the team, what...
    July 2 2019
  • In this Q&A we asked the lead author Professor Saverio Stranges from Western University Canada to explain more about the mediterranean diet and its role in preventing cardiovascular disease following the publication of a Cochrane Review on this topic. What makes a diet ‘Mediterranean’?Scientific interest in the traditional Mediterranean...
    March 13 2019
  • In North America and elsewhere, February is  marked as 'Heart Month' - a time to bring attention to the importance of cardiovascular health and what we can to reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease.The Cochrane Heart Group was established in1998. It's  aim is to prepare, maintain and promote the access of systematic reviews of the...
    February 1 2019
  • Cochrane reviewers from Canada, the UK and Brazil came together to assess how to get more patients using cardiac rehabilitation programmes, which aid recovery from cardiac events such as heart attack, coronary stent placement, and bypass surgery, and reduce the likelihood of further illness. Cardiac rehabilitation programmes offer the...
    February 1 2019
  • A common consequence for people who have a stroke is a reduction in their arm function. Various approaches are available to try to help and, in September 2018, the Cochrane Review for one of these, electromechanical and robot‐assisted arm training, was updated by a team of researchers from Germany. We asked lead author, Jan Mehrholz from Dresden...
    January 30 2019

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