Cochrane Australia's latest quarterly e-news wrap is out today, featuring a round up of all the latest media and social media news, updates on new reviews and all the details of upcoming training and events - Elements August 2018.
August 3 2018
Earlier this month, Blackmores Institute published an article entitled 'Cochrane Review Debunked as Fake Science', which looked at the latest Cochrane review on Omega-3 fatty acids for the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. This headline and the claims that follow it (included in full below) are both inaccurate...
July 31 2018
After 20 years of stellar contributions to Cochrane, Elaine Beller is shifting her keen focus from biostatistics to bushwalking, and embracing semi-retirement. Last week we caught up with Elaine on the road from outback Birdsville – a leisurely 27 hour drive from her home on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Though never one to seek the limelight, she...
July 30 2018
A familiar voice to millions, Dr Norman Swan is Australia’s best known health reporter. Having presented the ABC’s Health Report for more than three decades, this week he’s on the other side of the microphone.Norman joins Ray to talk frankly about medicine and the media. He shares some of the joys and challenges of his work inside and outside of...
July 29 2018
A new Cochrane review published today shows there is little or no effect of omega 3 supplements on our risk of experiencing heart disease, stroke or death.Omega 3 is a type of fat. Small amounts of omega 3 fats are essential for good health, and they can be found in the food that we eat. The main types of omega 3 fatty acids are; alpha...
July 19 2018
This week influential Editor-in-Chief of JAMA Internal Medicine Dr Rita Redberg joins host Ray Moynihan on Cochrane Australia's podcast The Recommended Dose to share a wide ranging conversation on all things health. A Professor at the University of California San Francisco and high profile contributor to The Washington Post and New York...
July 12 2018
Twenty of Australia’s best and brightest health and medical researchers were honoured at the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) annual Research Excellence Awards in Canberra last week. Dr Jo McKenzie, a Senior Research Fellow and biostatistician based at Monash University and contributor to Cochrane Australia was among the...
July 2 2018
Dr John Ioannidis, professor of medicine and health research at Stanford University, today told The Recommended Dose podcast that most developed countries are spending and wasting so much that health care has become ‘one of the leading public dangers for health’.Dr Ioannidis is recognised by The Atlantic as one of the world’s most...
June 27 2018
Everyone at Cochrane Australia was deeply saddened by the recent passing of our friend, generous colleague and agitator for better medical research, Professor Doug Altman. His contributions to Cochrane cannot be overstated.Doug founded and convened the Cochrane Statistical Methods Group for 20 years, among many other activities and achievements....
June 14 2018
There are few topics in health today that attract as much attention and polarisation of public opinion as vaccination. While the shared position of the World Health Organisation, clinicians and health leaders around the globe has long been that vaccination is a safe, essential and proven public health tool, public sentiment is not universally...
June 13 2018