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Keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery through the abdomen for treating urinary incontinence in women

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 01:25

Cochrane Incontinence has produced more than 40 systematic reviews of interventions that might help people suffering from incontinence. In this podcast, one of the group’s researchers, Fiona Stewart, talks with author Wael Agur, a subspecialist and lead urogynaecologist for NHS Ayrshire & Arran, UK, about the December 2019 update for one of these, looking at the effects of a type of surgery called laparoscopic colposuspension.

Video calls for reducing social isolation and loneliness in older people

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 18:12

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has included restrictions on some people’s movement, to try to protect them from the virus. This isolation may have adverse effects on mental health and, in May 2020, we published a rapid review of the effects of using video calls to ease this among older people. We asked the lead reviewer, Chris Noone from the National University of Ireland in Galway to describe the evidence that they found.

Enteral lactoferrin supplementation for prevention of sepsis and necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm infants

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 16:42

Sepsis is the most common cause of death for newborn babies worldwide. Mohan Pammi and Gautham Suresh from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, USA updated the Cochrane review of the evidence on the use of lactoferrin, in March 2020, and we asked Mohan to describe the latest findings.

Community-based maternal and newborn educational care packages for improving neonatal health and survival in low- and middle-income countries

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 19:52

Poor health is a common problem for many newborn babies in low-resource settings. One way to help with this might be through the delivery of educational care packages to mothers and communities, and a new Cochrane review from November 2019 looked at the evidence for these. We asked lead author Zohra Lassi from the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide in Australia to take us through the findings of the review.

Plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 to treat individuals with COVID-19

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 20:11

Cochrane is producing a series of reviews to help decision makers respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In May 2020, we published our rapid review of the effects of convalescent plasma and hyperimmune immunoglobulin and we asked its lead author, Sarah Valk from the Center for Clinical Transfusion Research at Sanquin Blood Supply in the Netherlands, to tell us what they found.

Does cleaning hands with ash stop or reduce the spread of viral and bacterial infections compared with soap or other materials?

Tue, 04/28/2020 - 20:26

Coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, has spread quickly throughout the world, and Cochrane is producing reviews to help decision makers respond to the pandemic. In April 2020, we published the rapid review of the effects of using ash for cleaning hands when soap and water are not available. In this podcast, Lars Jørgensen from the Nordic Cochrane Centre spoke to his colleague there, Asger Paludan-Müller, about the review.

Fluoxetine for overweight or obese adults

Tue, 04/28/2020 - 16:50

Obesity is a problem worldwide and several Cochrane Reviews examine interventions that might help to prevent or reduce it. These were added to in October 2019 with a new review examining the evidence on the drug fluoxetine. Here’s the lead author, Alejandro Gonzalez Garay from the National Institute of Paediatrics in Mexico City to let us know what they found.

Factors that influence whether healthcare workers follow infection prevention and control guidelines for respiratory infectious diseases

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 19:39

COVID-19 has spread quickly, and Cochrane is producing a series of rapid reviews of relevant evidence to help decision makers. One of these looks at the views of healthcare workers on infection prevention and control guidelines, and we asked lead author, Catherine Houghton from the National University of Ireland in Galway to describe the key findings, published in April 2020.

Protective clothes and equipment for healthcare workers to prevent them catching coronavirus and other highly infectious diseases

Thu, 04/09/2020 - 20:11

Coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, has spread quickly throughout the world, and we are updating the most relevant Cochrane reviews, as well as preparing rapid reviews of new topics. In this podcast, we asked author Blair Rajamäki from the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio to describe the findings of the April 2020 update on the effects of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers.

Quarantine alone or in combination with other public health measures to control COVID-19: a rapid review

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 16:23

Coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, has spread quickly throughout the world, and Cochrane is producing a series of rapid reviews of the evidence to help decision makers respond to the pandemic. In this podcast, lead author, Barbara Nussbaumer-Streit from Danube University Krems in Austria outlines the findings of our review of the effectiveness of quarantine, which was requested by the World Health Organization and published in early April 2020.