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  • 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...
    September 20 2016
  • With spectacular views and a seemingly sociable snake in occasional residence, Melissa Murano might just lay claim to the most idyllic and unusual of all Cochrane offices. Tucked away in the beautiful river town of Bellingen at the foot of Australia’s Great Dividing Range, it’s proved the perfect location to appreciate nature’s grand designs on...
    September 15 2016
  • Long-time Cochrane contributor Peter Herbison has spent the past 40 years wrangling numbers and refining research methods to improve both the accuracy of health evidence and the quality of people’s healthcare. Now embracing retirement, his focus has shifted from a prolific publishing schedule to producing the perfect pinot. He took some time out...
    September 15 2016
  • Elder abuse is a critical public health issue that affects millions of older people around the world, causing emotional suffering, poor health, injury and in some cases premature death. The definition of elder abuse includes the physical, psychological and sexual abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of people over 60. Here in Australia, the...
    September 15 2016
  • For many women with breast cancer, the use of post-operative radiotherapy will allow them to undergo less extensive surgery. In mid-July, Brisbane-based Radiation Oncologist Brigid Hickey and colleagues from Australia and New Zealand published two review updates that consider critical questions about the size of the doses in which radiation is...
    September 8 2016
  • @CochraneAus followers were keen to brush up on the how-tos of meta-analysis this month. A tweet highlighting Joanne McKenzie, Elaine Beller and Andrew Forbes’ helpful introduction to systematic reviews proved our most popular 140 characters yet. Living systematic reviews, superbugs and the ups and downs of preventive medicine also proved to be...
    July 14 2016
  • Project Transform is a Cochrane-funded project that will improve the way people, processes and technologies come together to produce Cochrane content. A short and snappy new video was launched this month to explain what this means for the you and the wider Cochrane community. Why not take a look.  
    July 14 2016
  • An increasing number of systematic reviews are being published, but many are poorly conducted and reported. This is the key finding of a landmark study published in PLoS Medicine last month that sheds new light on the quantity and quality of systematic reviews undertaken over the last decade. The cross-sectional study was completed by an...
    July 1 2016
  • Food labelling has long been a prominent and contentious health policy area in Australia, with the merits of star rating systems and country of origin labelling dominating recent debates. So it’s a little surprising then that an important new labelling standard requiring food manufacturers to substantiate their health claims with scientific...
    July 1 2016
  • A new Cochrane review on Yoga for Asthma rated a brief mention in the latest print edition of MindFood magazine this month. The review found yoga may have a beneficial effect on symptoms and quality of life in people with asthma, but effects on lung function and medication use are uncertain. You can find more details and an interesting personal...
    July 1 2016

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