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  1. 15 Dec 2014
    Antioxidant vitamins and minerals for male subfertility Podcast Updated
    Review question: do supplementary oral antioxidants improve fertility outcomes for subfertile men when compared with placebo, no treatment or another antioxidant? Background: many subfertile men who are part of a couple undergoing fertility treatment are also taking dietary supplements in the hope of improving their fertility. It is important that ...
  2. 15 Dec 2014
    Household interventions for preventing domestic lead exposure in children Podcast
    Lead poisoning is associated with adverse effects on the development and behaviour in children. Many educational and environmental household interventions to prevent lead exposure in children have been studied. This review of 14 studies found that educational and dust control interventions are not effective in reducing blood lead levels of young children. ...
  3. 9 Dec 2014
    Music interventions for mechanically ventilated patients Podcast Updated
    Review question We reviewed the evidence on the effect of music interventions compared to standard care on anxiety and other outcomes in mechanically ventilated patients. Background Mechanical ventilation often causes major distress and anxiety in patients, putting them at greater risk for complications. Side effects of analgesia and sedation may ...
  4. 26 Nov 2014
    Strategies for expanding health insurance coverage in vulnerable populations Podcast Updated
    Researchers in The Cochrane Collaboration conducted a review of the effect of strategies to increase the number of people from vulnerable populations that are enrolled into health insurance programmes. They searched for all relevant studies and found two studies. Their findings are summarised below. What is a health insurance programme? Governments ...
  5. 15 Sep 2014
    A review of the ways in which healthcare professionals can be helped to involve their patients in the healthcare decision making process Podcast
    When there are several treatments possible, healthcare professionals can involve patients in the process of making decisions about their care so that the patients can choose care that meets their needs and reflects what is important to them. We call this 'shared decision making'. Although the results are better when patients are involved, healthcare ...
  6. 1 Sep 2014
    Statins for acute coronary syndrome Podcast
    Long-term therapy with statins (for at least one year) has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and all-cause mortality in patients with and without established coronary heart disease. The early period following an acute coronary syndrome is a critical stage of coronary heart disease, with a high risk of recurrent events and death. ...
  7. 29 Aug 2014
    Do exercise interventions help people quit smoking Podcast
    Review question We reviewed the evidence about the effect of exercise programmes in people who want to quit smoking. We looked at whether exercise programmes, either alone or combined with stop smoking programmes, helped more people to quit at six months or longer than stop smoking programmes alone or stop smoking programmes combined with health education. Background Specialist ...
  8. 29 Aug 2014
    Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor for neovascular age-related macular degeneration Podcast
    Background Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common cause of severe vision loss in people 55 years and older. Neovascular AMD, which involves abnormal growth of blood vessels in the back of the eye, accounts for most AMD-related severe vision loss. Injections into the eye of medications, such as pegaptanib, ranibizumab, and bevacizumab, that ...
  9. 6 Aug 2014
    Drugs for treating urinary schistosomiasis Podcast
    What is urinary schistosomiasis and how is it treated? Urinary schistosomiasis is a disease caused by infection of people with the parasitic worm Schistosoma haematobium. These worms live in blood vessels around the infected person's bladder and the worm releases eggs which are released in the person's urine. If the urine is passed into ponds or lakes, ...
  10. 29 Jul 2014
    Clot-dissolving drugs for treating ischaemic stroke in the early stages Podcast
    Question We wanted to compare the safety and efficacy of clot-dissolving (thrombolytic) drugs versus placebo or no treatment in the early stages of ischaemic stroke to see if clot-dissolving drugs improve outcome after stroke. Background Most strokes are due to blockage of an artery in the brain by a blood clot. Prompt treatment with clot-dissolving ...

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