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  1. 15 Jan 2015
    Homocysteine-lowering interventions (B-complex vitamin therapy) for preventing cardiovascular events Podcast Updated
    Review question We reviewed homocysteine-lowering interventions for preventing cardiovascular events. Background Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death worldwide. The most common causes of cardiovascular disease leading to both morbidity and mortality are ischaemic heart disease, stroke and congestive heart failure. Many people with ...
  2. 5 Jan 2015
    Community wide interventions for increasing physical activity Podcast
    Not having enough physical activity leads to poorer health. Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of chronic disease and improve one's health and wellbeing. The lack of physical activity is a common and in some cases a growing health problem. To address this, 33 studies have used improvement activities directed at communities, using more than ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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. ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 26 Nov 2014
    Strategies for expanding health insurance coverage in vulnerable populations Podcast
    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 ...
  7. 25 Nov 2014
    Early additional food and fluids for healthy breastfed full-term infants Podcast
    Human milk provides for growth, protection and development for babies. It is important to the health of the mother. Exclusive breastfeeding is an infant's consumption of human milk with no supplementation of any type, including no water, juice, non-human milk or foods. The effect of early supplementation may include decreased milk production due to ...
  8. 24 Nov 2014
    Over-the-counter (OTC) medications for acute cough in children and adults in community settings Podcast
    Review question We undertook a review to determine the effectiveness of over-the-counter cough medicines in reducing cough in children and adults in community settings. We found 29 trials involving 4835 people. Background Acute cough is a common and troublesome symptom in children and adults suffering from acute upper respiratory tract infection ...
  9. 29 Oct 2014
    Antibiotics for rupture of membranes when a pregnant women is at or near term but not in labour Podcast
    Background Sometimes the protective bag of fluid around an unborn baby (the membranes) break when the baby is due without the onset of labour (regular uterine contractions). This is called PROM or prelabour rupture of the membranes. When this happens there is a risk of infection entering the womb (uterus) and affecting the mother and her baby. Newborn ...
  10. 7 Oct 2014
    A review of the ways that healthcare professionals can improve the use of suitable medicines for older people Podcast
    Taking medicine to treat symptoms of chronic illness and to prevent worsening of disease is common in older people. However, taking too many medicines can cause harm. This review examines studies in which healthcare professionals have taken action to make sure that older people are receiving the most effective and safest medication for their illness. ...

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