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Call for applications: Complementary Medicine Field Bursary Scheme 2014

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Wed, 10/12/2014 - 11:33

The Cochrane Collaboration Complementary Medicine Field is pleased to announce our 2014 bursary scheme made possible through funds from the US National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The purpose of this bursary scheme is to ensure that reviews relevant to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) are completed and published in the Cochrane Library.

External link for more information:  http://cam.cochrane.org/bursary-scheme Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Susan Wieland Email address:  swieland@som.umaryland.edu

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Cochrane Co-ordinating Editor honoured with Netherlands royal award

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Tue, 09/12/2014 - 10:04

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Rob Scholten Email address:  R.J.P.Scholten@umcutrecht.nl

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Cochrane CEO Mark Wilson hosts a special edition of the #cochraneauthor Twitter chat

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Thu, 04/12/2014 - 14:37

Are you a Cochrane author? Are you active on Twitter? We were very pleased to have Cochrane CEO Mark Wilson join us as guest host of the December edition of the #cochraneauthor Twitter chat. If you missed it, you can read the transcript here.

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane CEAD Email address:  cead@lists.cochrane.org

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Australia's NHMRC announces support for AllTrials

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Thu, 04/12/2014 - 04:34

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Cochrane's principal funder in Australia, has announced its support of the AllTrials initiative. The NHMRC has published the following statement:

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is pleased to support the principles of the AllTrials statement.

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane CEAD Email address:  cead@lists.cochrane.org

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Cochrane Communications & External Affairs announces appointment of new WHO Co-ordinator

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 04:46

The Cochrane Communications and External Affairs Department (CEAD) is pleased to announce that Sylvia De Haan MSc, MPH, Coordinator Cochrane Switzerland, Lausanne, will be Cochrane's new part-time WHO Co-ordinator, effective January 2015.

External link for more information:  http://www.cochrane.org/about-us/relations-world-health... Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane CEAD Email address:  cead@cochrane.org

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Only half of patients take their medications as prescribed: are there interventions that will help them?

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 10:28

Press Release

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Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane CEAD Email address:  pressoffice@cochrane.org

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Tweetchat for patient-preferred fibromyalgia outcomes

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Mon, 17/11/2014 - 17:41

Three Cochrane Review Groups - Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care (PaPaS), Musculoskeletal (MSG) and Neuromuscular Diseases (NMD) - are planning to hold an hour-long Tweetchat on patient-preferred fibromyalgia outcomes on Tuesday 9th December, at 13:00 GMT, using the hashtag #CCFibro.

For more information, see below:

Objective: for Cochrane Review Groups to engage with relevant consumer and patient groups using simple questions to identify important outcomes in fibromyalgia, via Twitter.

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Anna Hobson Email address:  anna.hobson@ndcn.ox.ac.uk

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Canadian Cochrane Centre announces winners of its 'What's your story?' competition

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Fri, 14/11/2014 - 23:20

The Canadian Cochrane Centre (CCC) is pleased to announce the winners of its 'What's your story?' competition, highlighting stories of how Cochrane evidence has made an impact on the lives of Canadians.

External link for more information:  http://ccnc.cochrane.org/winners-whats-your-story-compe... Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Lori Tarbett Email address:  ltarbett@ohri.ca

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Cochrane seeks Head of Learning and Support - London, UK (preferred)

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Fri, 14/11/2014 - 06:31

Post: Head of Learning and Support

Specifications: Full time, permanent

Salary: Dependent on skills and experience

Closing date for applications: 12 December 2014

External link for more information:  http://training.cochrane.org/ Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Rachael Wallwork Email address:  rwallwork@cochrane.org

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How many randomised trials can we find in 48 hours?

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Thu, 13/11/2014 - 14:21

Quite a few when you work as a team!

External link for more information:  http://www.metaxis.com/embase/login.php Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Anna Noel-Storr Email address:  anna.noel-storr@rdm.ox.ac.uk

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James Lind Alliance launches Priority Setting Partnership for hearing loss research

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Thu, 13/11/2014 - 05:50

A new survey about prioritising research questions in mild to moderate hearing loss has been launched by the James Lind Alliance (JLA), with the support of UK-based Cochrane contributors. The JLA has set up a Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) to identify unanswered questions for mild-moderate hearing loss; its causes, diagnosis, management and self-management.

External link for more information:  http://www.hearinglink.org/jla-psp/survey Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Sarah Chapman Email address:  Sarah.Chapman@cochrane.nhs.uk

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Cochrane Depression, Anxiety and Neurosis Group announces the establishment of a Suicide and Self-Harm Satellite

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 01:31

It is with great pleasure that the Cochrane Depression, Anxiety and Neurosis Group (CCDAN) announces the formation of a Suicide and Self-Harm satellite based in Swansea, Wales.

External link for more information:  http://ccdan.cochrane.org/ Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Jessica Sharp Email address:  contact@ccdan.org

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Antibiotics: on-the-spot tests reduce unnecessary prescriptions

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Thu, 06/11/2014 - 21:17

Strictly Embargoed Until 00.01 Hours (GMT), Thursday, November 6, 2014
[19.01 Hours US Eastern Time, Wednesday, November 5 /11.01 Hours Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT), November 6]

Media contacts:
Evelyn Martinez (US): +1 201 748 6358
sciencenewsroom@wiley.com
Cochrane Press Office: Jo Anthony (UK): +44 (0) 1865 310138 or (0) 7990 031904
pressoffice@cochrane.org

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane CEAD Email address:  pressoffice@cochrane.org

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Evaluate the 22nd Cochrane Colloquium

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Thu, 06/11/2014 - 06:24

Please take some time to fill out the evaluation forms for the 22nd Cochrane Colloquium using the link provided below.  

If you were a day registrant, you can give your feedback just for that particular day.

External link for more information:  https://colloquium.cochrane.org/22nd-cochrane-colloquiu... Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Anna Joseph Email address:  annajoseph@cmcvellore.ac.in

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Cannabis: A precursor of psychosis.

The Service User Perspective - Mon, 03/11/2014 - 14:53
Cannabis is often the precursor of psychosis, especially paranoia. Anecdotally it seems to exacerbate psychotic moods and symptoms. My own view is that it cannot possibly benefit sufferers and it seems risky to prescribe it (if I have correctly understood the summary) at all. I remember Professor Robin Murray saying some years ago that cannabis was implicated in the causation of mental illness. Well, he should know and I don't suppose his views have become obsolete.

Acupuncture: Used more widely.

The Service User Perspective - Mon, 03/11/2014 - 14:47
Larger scale trials are needed with or without medication, unless the latter option is too risky. I would vouch for the benefits of acupuncture to support well-being and would like to see it used more widely.

How many randomised trials can we find in 48 hours?

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 11:11

The first ever citation screening challenge is complete!

Starting at 15:00 GMT on Friday 31st October and running for 48 hours, around 75 EMBASE project screeners worked their way through 20,709 citations, in the process identifying 1713 RCTs. To put this into context, this work, completed in two days, is about the same amount of records as screeners typically review in two months.

External link for more information:  http://www.metaxis.com/EmbaseChallenge Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Anna Noel-Storr Email address:  anna.noel-storr@rdm.ox.ac.uk

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Expectant mothers with epilepsy face tough choices over their medication - new Cochrane Evidence

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 03:34

Strictly Embargoed Until 00.01 Hours (GMT), Thursday, October 30, 2014
[20.01 Hours US Eastern Time (EDT), October 29 /11.01 Hours Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT), October 30]

Media contacts:
Evelyn Martinez (US): +1 201 748 6358
sciencenewsroom@wiley.com
Cochrane Press Office: Jo Anthony (UK): +44 (0) 1865 310138 or (0) 7990 031904
pressoffice@cochrane.org

External link for more information:  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD0... Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane CEAD Email address:  pressoffice@cochrane.org

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Cannabis for schizophrenia: the need for people's views.

The Service User Perspective - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 13:27
The cannabis summary raised many questions for me as it has, I believe, been indicated that the drug can bring on psychosis rather than treat it. Surely there is some good, well-based research around that can do good to the people who have psychosis, and can suggest steps to improve treatments and care.

It seems to me that what is missing is the views of parents and partners of patients who can give their take on what the patients are reporting. Only then will the true picture of the situation of people with psychosis be available, as patient views would be ratified - or contradicted - by those involved in their care long-term.

Cannabis and psychosis: A carer's view.

The Service User Perspective - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 13:20
There does not seem to be much rigorous research on this subject. I feel the effect of cannabis on the developing brain of teenagers cannot be overstated, articles always allude to "an increased risk of psychosis" but what this means in reality, the devastation of mental health problems and schizophrenia particularly is never explained or demonstrated.

Our son started experimenting with cannabis when he was fourteen and we feel strongly that this contributed to his developing schizophrenia from about the age of seventeen. It became apparent during his prolonged stay in a psychiatric unit under a section that he was also treatment resistant. Only when he was treated with clozapine which had to be augmented did he begin to stabilise.

The doctor treating him felt that he, in his practice, was seeing more young men like this and he felt that the brain being bathed in these illicit drugs during adolescence was a contributory factor.

Our son managed to procure cannabis whilst in hospital under section and was cautioned and fined for this despite at the time not being deemed fit to make decisions. Fortunately he now no longer smokes cannabis but has to take medication and lives in supported accommodation. He is now 23 years old and is just beginning to have a life again.