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  1. 28 Aug 2014
    Systematic review of randomised controlled trials about the efficacy and safety of colchicine in people with pericarditis New
    Pericarditis is the inflammation and swelling of the tissue covering the outer layer of the heart. Pericarditis causes severe and disabling chest pain and fever, however the main issue is the repeated recurrence of pericarditis attacks. Colchicine is an ancient medication that has been used in the treatment of other inflammatory diseases such as gout. We ...
  2. 6 Aug 2014
    Drugs for treating urinary schistosomiasis Podcast Updated
    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, ...
  3. 5 Aug 2014
    Pneumococcal vaccines for children and adults with cystic fibrosis Updated
    Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease which causes mucus in the lungs to be more sticky than normal, leading to frequent lung infections and lung damage. Pneumococcus is a type of bacteria that can cause infection throughout the body, including in the urine, blood stream, fluid around the brain and in the lungs. These infections can be very serious ...
  4. 4 Aug 2014
    Treatments applied to the skin for fungal infections of the groin and body New
    Background Up to 20% of the world's population is affected by fungal skin infections of the groin ('jock' itch, or tinea cruris) or of the body (ringworm, or tinea corporis), which generally appear as red and itchy areas on the skin. Many topical (directly applied to the skin) treatments are available. Review question Which topical treatments work ...
  5. 3 Aug 2014
    (Oral antiviral treatment to prevent genital herpes outbreaks in immunocompetent and nonpregnant patients) New
    Review question Are oral antiviral drugs (acyclovir, famciclovir, and valacyclovir) effective compared with placebo? And is one of these three drugs superior to the others in suppressing genital herpes outbreaks in patients experiencing four or more recurrences per year? Effectiveness in this review was evaluated by determining the risk of experiencing ...
  6. 29 Jul 2014
    The effectiveness of community interventions to promote condom use in the prevention of HIV and sexually transmitted infections New
    Bakground Since the advent of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, condom promotion has become one of the most widely used interventions to prevent transmission of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). However, despite widespread promotion of condom use globally, new cases of HIV and other STIs either remain high or continue to rise in some ...
  7. 28 Jul 2014
    Are oral antibiotics as effective as a combination of injected and oral antibiotics for kidney infections in children? Updated
    Acute pyelonephritis refers to infection of the kidneys and is the most severe form of urinary tract infection (UTI). Acute pyelonephritis causes high fever, vomiting, stomach pain, irritability and poor feeding in infants. We wanted to find out if oral antibiotics were as effective as combined oral and injected antibiotics to treat children for kidney ...
  8. 26 Jul 2014
    PRO 140 for treatment of people with HIV infection
    PRO 140 (a humanized form of the PA14 antibody, a monoclonal CCR5 antibody) is a laboratory made antibody that blocks the CCR5 receptor on CD4 cells. By blocking CCR5, PRO 140 prevents the HIV virus from infecting healthy cells. PRO 140 may be an effective new treatment drug because it has the potential to address the limitations of currently available ...
  9. 25 Jul 2014
    Should Chinese herbal medicines be used in patients with skin and soft-tissue infections? New
    What are skin and soft-tissue infections? Skin and soft-tissue infections (SSTIs) are common infections of the skin or the tissue beneath the skin. They include impetigo, abscesses, cellulitis, erysipelas, necrotising (flesh-killing) skin infections, infections caused by animal or human bites or by animal contact, and infections after surgery. Most ...
  10. 7 Jul 2014
    Interventions to increase influenza (flu) vaccination uptake for people aged 60 and older Updated
    Many health authorities recommend influenza vaccination of older people. However, vaccination uptake in people aged 60 and older varies across countries, socioeconomic and health-risk groups. It is important to identify effective interventions to increase influenza vaccination uptake. We included 57 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) with 896,531 participants ...

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