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  • The latest Cochrane Review on Industry sponsorship and research outcome has attracted much media interest over the past few weeks. The updated review includes 27 new studies and provides definitive evidence that pharmaceutical industry funding of drug studies biases results and conclusions to look favourable towards the drug of the sponsor....
  • Published last month, the sixth update of the Cochrane Review on Psychosocial interventions for supporting women to stop smoking in pregnancy weighs up the evidence on a critical health and social equity issue. Smoking remains one of the few preventable factors associated with complications in pregnancy, and has serious long-term implications for...
  • New Cochrane Library Breastfeeding Special Collection brings together the best in evidence for mums, health professionals and policy makers alikeA recent landmark Lancet Series on Breastfeeding concluded that ‘breastmilk makes the world healthier, smarter, and more equal’. While few would disagree with this assessment or the evidence that...
  • The annual list of top 5 Cochrane Reviews and podcasts downloaded by Australians in 2016 offers an interesting national snapshot of diverse research areas.Exercise for back pain by Sydney-based authors Bruno Saragiotto, Christopher Maher, Tiê Yamato and colleagues topped the most downloaded new review charts both here in Australia and...
  • Registrations for Cochrane Australia Learning Week 2017 are now open. Join us for a week of wide-ranging courses offering new perspectives on systematic reviews and evidence production. For full details and online registration, visit our website at learningweek.cochrane.org.au 
  • Cochrane Australia, the Charles Perkins Centre and Bond University’s Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice hosted a workshop for journalists on ‘Uncovering and covering conflicts of interest in health’ last month. An impressive group of senior print and television journalists from ABC, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Canberra Times, News...
  • Hilary Thomson has been highlighting the need for improved understanding, management and transparency of narrative synthesis methods during a recent six week sojourn through South Korea, Japan and Australia. Workshops at the Seoul Colloquium and meetings in Melbourne proved ideal forums to discuss and debate critical issues and methodological...
  • By Emily Steele on behalf of Cochrane CrowdCochrane Crowd, Cochrane’s new online citizen science platform, is a global community of almost 4,000 volunteers who are helping to classify the research needed to support informed decision-making about healthcare treatments. Cochrane Crowd would like your help to achieve one million...
  • It’s hard to be all things to all people, but the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group (CCCRG) has found a way to offer much to many through an innovative priority setting exercise. What began in March 2015 as a wide-ranging consultation process has become a template for successful consumer and stakeholder involvement, bringing...
  • A trio of music therapy reviews featured in last year’s Australian top 100 Cochrane Library downloads, with Music Therapy for depression coming in at number 7, Music Therapy for people with spectrum disorder at number 40 and Music Therapy for people with dementia at 76. Last month a new update of Music interventions for cancer patients took centre...

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