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Arthroscopic surgery for degenerative knee disease

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 19:17

Cochrane Musculoskeletal has produced more than 200 systematic reviews of interventions for the prevention, treatment or rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders. These were added to in March 2022 with a new review of the effects of a type of surgery called knee arthroscopy. In this podcast, Ray Moynihan from Bond University in Australia, talks with lead author, Denise O'Connor, from Monash University and Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne.

Endovascular thrombectomy and intra-arterial interventions for acute ischaemic stroke

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 18:48

The most common type of stroke is one in which a large artery in the brain gets blocked by a blood clot and there are dozens of Cochrane reviews of various treatments for these ischaemic strokes. One of these reviews, looking at the effects of endovascular thrombectomy and intra-arterial interventions, was updated in June 2021 and lead author, Melinda Roaldsen from the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø, briefly describes the new findings in this  podcast.

Drugs and natural products for self-harm in adults

Thu, 06/30/2022 - 15:43

Cochrane has published several reviews of the effects of interventions to reduce self-harm and suicide and, in the first few months of 2021, three of these were updated covering pharmacological and psychosocial interventions for self-harm in children, adolescents and adults. We asked two of the authors, Keith Hawton and Katrina Witt to tell us about the findings in this podcast.

Note: This recording covers three reviews:
Interventions for children and adolescents who self-harm
Psychosocial interventions for adults who self-harm
Drugs and natural products for self-harm in adults

Interventions for children and adolescents who self-harm

Thu, 06/30/2022 - 15:35

Cochrane has published several reviews of the effects of interventions to reduce self-harm and suicide and, in the first few months of 2021, three of these were updated covering pharmacological and psychosocial interventions for self-harm in children, adolescents and adults. We asked two of the authors, Keith Hawton and Katrina Witt to tell us about the findings in this podcast.

Note: This recording covers three reviews:
Interventions for children and adolescents who self-harm
Psychosocial interventions for adults who self-harm
Drugs and natural products for self-harm in adults

Psychosocial interventions for adults who self-harm

Wed, 06/29/2022 - 14:42

Cochrane has published several reviews of the effects of interventions to reduce self-harm and suicide and, in the first few months of 2021, three of these were updated covering pharmacological and psychosocial interventions for self-harm in children, adolescents and adults. We asked two of the authors, Keith Hawton and Katrina Witt to tell us about the findings in this podcast.

Note: This recording actually covers three reviews:
Interventions for children and adolescents who self-harm
- Psychosocial interventions for adults who self-harm
Drugs and natural products for self-harm in adults

How accurate are symptoms and medical examination to diagnose COVID-19?

Mon, 05/30/2022 - 09:26

Cochrane is preparing a series of reviews to help decision makers deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact. We are keeping these up to date as new evidence becomes available and the review of using signs and symptoms to diagnose whether someone has the disease has been updated for the second time. The review was first published in June 2020 and the most recent update was published in May 2022. Here's the lead author, Thomas Struyf from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, to tell us about the latest findings.

Do blood thinners prevent people who are hospitalised with COVID-19 from developing blood clots?

Fri, 05/13/2022 - 16:38

There are now more than two dozen Cochrane reviews of high priority topics relevant to COVID-19, which are being kept up to date as new evidence becomes available. In March 2022, we published updated findings on the effects of anticoagulants and we asked lead author, Ronald Flumignan from the Federal University of Sao Paulo in Brazil to summarize the evidence in this podcast.

Are medicines that block interleukin‐1 (a protein involved in immune responses) effective treatments for COVID‐19 and do they cause unwanted effects?

Mon, 04/11/2022 - 19:48

Cochrane is producing a growing series of reviews on the care of patients with COVID-19. In January 2022, we published a new review of a group of treatments called interleukin-1 blocking agents and we asked lead author, Mauricia Davidson from Cochrane France, to tell us about the findings.

Treatments to manage rapid breathing in babies (transient tachypnoea of the newborn)

Mon, 03/28/2022 - 19:32

The Cochrane Neonatal Group has produced more than 400 reviews over the last two decades and, in February 2022, they published their overview of reviews of treatments for rapid breathing in babies. We asked two of the co-authors, Olga Romantsik and Matteo Bruschettini from Skåne University Hospital in Lund, Sweden, to tell us about the latest findings.

Providing information to stroke survivors and their carers

Tue, 03/22/2022 - 15:09

Every year, approximately 14 million around the world have a stroke, and the Cochrane Stroke Group has produced more than 200 reviews in the last 25 years. In November 2021, they updated the review of information provision for stroke survivors and their carers, and two of the authors, Tom Crocker and Lesley Brown from the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the UK discuss the latest findings in this podcast.

Endometrial injury in women undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF)

Mon, 03/21/2022 - 19:26

The Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Group had produced approximately 100 reviews relevant to in vitro fertilisation, or IVF and updates these in light of new evidence. The second update of their review of a technique called endometrial scratching was published in June 2021 and, in this podcast, Dr Rob Axe speaks with one of the authors Dr Sarah Armstrong, from the University of Sheffield in the UK about the technique and their latest findings on its effects.