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Dressings and topical agents (gels, ointments and creams) for treating venous leg ulcers

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 19:20

Venous leg ulcers are the most common type of lower leg wound, affecting up to three people in every 1000 in some studies. Gill Norman from the University of Manchester in the UK, and colleagues, looked at the trials of dressings and topical agents in a new Cochrane Review in June 2018, and we asked Gill to outline their findings in this podcast.

CFTR correctors, a therapy for cystic fibrosis targeted at specific mutations

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 12:54

Cystic fibrosis is a common inherited condition, particularly affecting people from a northern European background.  It's caused by various mutations of the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator gene, shortened to "CFTR".  A new Cochrane Review from August 2018 examines a class of drug that aims to correct the basic defect for people with CF with a specific mutation, and we asked lead author, Kevin Southern from the University of Liverpool in the UK, to tell us what they found.

Diet, physical activity or both for prevention or delay of type 2 diabetes mellitus and its associated complications in people at increased risk

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 18:31

There are concerns across the world about the rising incidence of type 2 diabetes, increasing the importance of evidence for effective ways to prevent this condition. In a December 2017 update to the Cochrane Review, Bianca Hemmingsen from Herlev University Hospital in Denmark and colleagues have summarized the latest evidence on the effects of diet and physical activity for people with intermediate hyperglycaemia or prediabetes. We asked Bianca to tell us what they found in this podcast.

Diet, physical activity or both for prevention or delay of type 2 diabetes mellitus and its associated complications in people at increased risk

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 12:31

There are concerns across the world about the rising incidence of type 2 diabetes, increasing the importance of evidence for effective ways to prevent this condition. In a December 2017 update to the Cochrane Review, Bianca Hemmingsen from Herlev University Hospital in Denmark and colleagues have summarized the latest evidence on the effects of diet and physical activity for people with intermediate hyperglycaemia or prediabetes. We asked Bianca to tell us what they found in this podcast.

Effectiveness of brief alcohol interventions in primary care populations

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 19:42

The Cochrane Drugs and Alcohol Group specialises in reviews that assess, among other things, ways to reduce hazardous or harmful drinking of alcohol. One of these reviews looks at the evidence on practitioner-delivered brief interventions and we asked one of the authors, Fiona Beyer from Newcastle University in the UK to tell us about the findings from the update in February 2018.

Effectiveness of brief alcohol interventions in primary care populations

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 13:42

The Cochrane Drugs and Alcohol Group specialises in reviews that assess, among other things, ways to reduce hazardous or harmful drinking of alcohol. One of these reviews looks at the evidence on practitioner-delivered brief interventions and we asked one of the authors, Fiona Beyer from Newcastle University in the UK to tell us about the findings from the update in February 2018.

The use of video devices in assisting the placement of breathing tube in babies

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 14:30

As you can imagine, placing a breathing tube into a newborn baby is a particularly challenging task, and research has been done into different ways to do this. In May 2018, Mohan Pammi and Krithika Lingappan from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in the USA updated the Cochrane review on comparing videolaryngoscopy to the traditional direct laryngoscopy approach and they describe the latest findings in this podcast, starting with Mohan.

The use of video devices in assisting the placement of breathing tube in babies

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 08:30

As you can imagine, placing a breathing tube into a newborn baby is a particularly challenging task, and research has been done into different ways to do this. In May 2018, Mohan Pammi and Krithika Lingappan from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in the USA updated the Cochrane review on comparing videolaryngoscopy to the traditional direct laryngoscopy approach and they describe the latest findings in this podcast, starting with Mohan.

Aromatase inhibitors for subfertility treatment in women with polycystic ovary syndrome

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 16:25

The Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Group has prepared more than 200 reviews and in May 2018, a team from Germany, The Netherlands and New Zealand updated one of these reviews, looking at the use of letrozole for subfertile women with anovulatory polycystic ovary syndrome. Lead author, Sebastian Franik from the University of Münster in Germany describes the latest findings in this podcast.

Aromatase inhibitors for subfertility treatment in women with polycystic ovary syndrome

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:25

The Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Group has prepared more than 200 reviews and in May 2018, a team from Germany, The Netherlands and New Zealand updated one of these reviews, looking at the use of letrozole for subfertile women with anovulatory polycystic ovary syndrome. Lead author, Sebastian Franik from the University of Münster in Germany describes the latest findings in this podcast.