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  1. 7 Oct 2014
    A review of the ways that healthcare professionals can improve the use of suitable medicines for older people Updated
    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. ...
  2. 13 Oct 2014
    Acetylcholinesterase inhibitor treatment for myasthenia gravis Updated
    Review question We reviewed the evidence about the effect of aceytlcholinesterase inhibitor drugs in people with myasthenia gravis. Background Myasthenia gravis is a rare autoimmune condition in which antibodies produced by the immune system attack the connection between nerves and muscles (the neuromuscular junction). Nerve impulses become blocked, ...
  3. 20 Oct 2014
    Acupuncture for schizophrenia Updated
    Although acupuncture or Traditional Chinese Medicine has been practised for over 2000 years in China and the Far East, especially in Korea and Japan, it is a relatively new form of treament for physical and psychological conditions in the West. Acupuncture inserts needles into the skin to stimulate specific points of the body (acupoints). The aim is ...
  4. 13 Oct 2014
    Acupuncture for treating functional dyspepsia New
    Functional dyspepsia (FD) has been a worldwide gastric disorder. More effective therapies are needed with fewer adverse effects than are seen with conventional medications. In the East, acupuncture has been recognized for a long time as a positive therapy for the treatment of functional gastric disorders. To date, no robust evidence on its efficacy ...
  5. 12 Nov 2014
    Adjunctive steroid therapy for managing pulmonary tuberculosis New
    Pulmonary tuberculosis is a common infectious disease. Although curable with standard anti-pulmonary tuberculosis drugs, it has been reported that an individuals recovery could be improved by adding corticosteroids to their treatment. Current clinical guidelines advise the use of corticosteroids for treatment of other types of tuberculosis; tuberculosis ...
  6. 28 Oct 2014
    Advanced sperm selection techniques for assisted reproduction New
    Review question Cochrane review authors reviewed the evidence on advanced sperm selection techniques for assisted reproduction. We sought studies of all advanced sperm techniques apart from ultra-high magnification, which is the subject of a separate Cochrane review. Our outcomes of interest included live birth, clinical pregnancy, miscarriage and ...
  7. 14 Oct 2014
    Allopurinol for chronic gout New
    Research question This summary of a Cochrane review presents what we know from research about the effect of allopurinol compared with placebo or other treatments that reduce uric acid levels in treating people with chronic gout. The review is current to January 2014. Background: what is chronic gout and what is allopurinol? Chronic gout is a common ...
  8. 21 Nov 2014
    Amantadine and rimantadine to prevent and treat influenza A in children and the elderly Updated
    Review question As recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), oseltamivir (Tamiflu) is currently used for people with influenza A. In previous pandemics, the virus was susceptible to amantadine and rimantadine. If they are safe and the circulating strain proves to be susceptible to these drugs, they could be an alternative for managing influenza. ...
  9. 31 Oct 2014
    Ambroxol for women at risk of preterm birth for preventing neonatal respiratory distress syndrome New
    There is a lack of scientific research evidence for the routine use of ambroxol for women at risk of preterm birth for preventing neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). RDS is a disease caused by a deficiency of surfactants (substances that lower surface tension) in the lungs of newborn babies. These substances keep the alveoli at the ends of ...
  10. 6 Oct 2014
    Anabolic steroids for improving recovery after hip fracture in older people New
    Why anabolic steroids might help after a hip fracture Hip fracture occurs mainly in older people, many of whom are frail. After surgery for their hip fracture, most patients suffer a loss of muscle mass and strength. Despite rehabilitation, most patients experience a long-term decline in mobility and function. Anabolic steroids, the synthetic derivatives ...

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