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  • 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
  • Authors of this new Cochrane review addressed the question, “Do the drugs adrenaline or vasopressin improve survival in cardiac arrest?”Cardiac arrest occurs when someone's heart unexpectedly stops beating. Without any treatment, death occurs within minutes. Treatments that are proven to work in cardiac arrest include cardiopulmonary resuscitation...
    January 28 2019
  • When someone has an acute ischemic stroke, urgent and reliable treatments will reduce their risks of disability or dying from their brain tissue damage. The treatments used vary around the world, and a drug called cerebrolysin is widely used in post-Soviet countries, Eastern Europe, Central and Southeast Asia. In April 2017, the latest update of...
    January 17 2019
  • Cochrane Airways have published its biggest ever Cochrane Review. The meta-analysis review assesses which long-acting inhalers are the most effective and safest for people with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and  supports a recently published NICE guideline.The logistics of getting such a large review done with time...
    December 7 2018

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