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Final results from 2014 elections to the Cochrane Steering Group

Nine positions on the Cochrane Steering Group (CSG), including one Co-Chair, were eligible for election in 2014.

Representing Authors: Mona Nasser (UK) – re-elected for a second term from September 2014 – September 2017 (this result was also announced on 24 June 2014).

Representing Centre Directors: Alvaro Atallah (Brazil) – elected for his first term from September 2014 – September 2017.

Representing Centre Staff: Joerg Meerpohl (Germany) - elected for his first term from September 2014 - September 2017.

External link for more information:  http://www.cochrane.org/community/organisation-administ... Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Claire Allen Email address:  callen@cochrane.org

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India's Citizen News Service attends Hyderabad Colloquium, reports on Cochrane's work

Bobby Ramakant and Shobha Shukla of India's Citizen News Service were among the journalists invited to attend the 2014 Cochrane Colloquium in Hyderabad in September. Both entered fully into the Colloquium experience, participating in symposia and workshops, as well as attending a variety of sessions, conducting interviews with more than a dozen Colloquium delegates, and writing an extensive series of articles on topics relevant to the main theme of the 22nd Colloquium, 'Evidence-informed Public Health'.

External link for more information:  http://www.citizen-news.org/ Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane CEAD Email address:  pressoffice@cochrane.org

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2014 Cochrane prize recipients

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Mon, 20/10/2014 - 14:27

Several prizes are awarded annually to Cochrane contributors. The 2014 recipients, awarded at the Hyderabad Colloquium, are as follows:

External link for more information:  http://www.cochrane.org/about-us/awards-scholarships-fu... Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane CEAD Email address:  pressoffice@cochrane.org

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Cochrane Author Support Tool: Update on development and implementation

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Mon, 20/10/2014 - 12:53

In March 2014, Cochrane circulated a Request for Proposals inviting submissions for the development, installation, and support of a multifaceted technology platform to support Cochrane authors in producing and maintaining Cochrane Reviews.

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane IKMD Email address:  tech@cochrane.org

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Evidence-informed health care for Hungary: the Hungarian Cochrane Branch opens

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Mon, 20/10/2014 - 08:20

Cochrane is delighted to announce the official opening of a new Cochrane branch in Hungary.

The establishment of the Hungarian branch, part of the Cochrane German Centre, will have its base at the University of Pécs.

The branch will promote evidence-informed decision making in health care by producing accurate, up-to-date Cochrane Reviews, as well as providing support and training to new Cochrane Review authors.

The Director of the Hungarian Branch is Professor Tamás Decsi who is a professor of paediatrics and Director of the Clinical Centre of the University of Pécs.

External link for more information:  http://www.cochrane.de Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane CEAD Email address:  pressoffice@cochrane.org

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Join us for the October #cochraneauthor chat

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Mon, 20/10/2014 - 04:40

Are you a Cochrane author? Are you active on Twitter? Please join us for the October edition of the #cochraneauthor Twitter chat, to be guest hosted by Cochrane's Senior Training Co-ordinator, Miranda Cumpston.

External link for more information:  http://www.cochrane.org/training Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane CEAD Email address:  pressoffice@cochrane.org

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Cindy Farquhar - Cochrane's new Co-Chair

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Wed, 15/10/2014 - 14:35
 

During the 22nd Cochrane Colloquium in Hyderabad, Postgraduate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Cindy Farquhar was appointed as Co-Chair of the Cochrane Steering Group.

External link for more information:  http://www.cochrane.org/contact/steering-group Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane CEAD Email address:  pressoffice@cochrane.org

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Cochrane Depression, Anxiety and Neurosis Group supports launch of priority-setting initiative for bipolar research in the UK

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Wed, 15/10/2014 - 08:58

A new UK-wide survey about bipolar has been launched by a partnership of mental health groups, supported by the Cochrane Depression, Anxiety, and Neurosis Group.

The survey gives individuals, families, clinicians and other professionals the opportunity to influence research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and care of bipolar.

The survey has been developed by the James Lind Alliance Bipolar Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) with partners including charities, research funders, clinicians and service users. 

External link for more information:  http://www.ouh.nhs.uk/bipolar Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Jessica Sharp Email address:  contact@ccdan.org

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Timing of epidural is up to the mother - new Cochrane evidence

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

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:  Cpchrane CEAD Email address:  pressoffice@cochrane.org

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Experts by Experience

The Service User Perspective - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 15:08
The Experts by Experience group was invited to comment and share their lived experiences on two summaries (1. Post natal psychosis and 2. Sedatives for aggression or agitation).

See what they said below.

Further research is needed on sedatives

The Service User Perspective - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 15:05
Further research on sedatives would be useful and on the side effects. Disagreeable side effects can mean that patients stop their medication, leading to the need for emergency measures.

An expert by experience shares her story about sedatives and use of restraint.

The Service User Perspective - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 15:02
RESTRAINTS USE IN MENTAL HEALTH.

I can only answer this from a carers point of view. I understand that in some cases when a person is so distressed that they are on the verge of harming themselves or someone else, they need to be stopped. At the moment restraint as a last resort may need to be used. But some research should be happening to find a better way. Restraining someone is barbaric.

When people are already badly distressed and in fear, this method just adds to it. It should only be used as a last resort, and not just because someone has come into hospital under section three of the mental health act in an agitated and distressed state.

My son was never a threat to other people, only to himself, he was always respectful to the police and doctors even when in the midst of psychosis, and terrified of everyone. Yet when taken in hospital by the police he was restrained and given an injection, and if they had taken time to talk to him I know he would have complied.

When he really needed help because he was a threat to himself, and already tried by cutting his own throat and told the doctor "he was really scared and didn't want to die", they took no notice. I asked if they could give him something to calm the voices and help him get some sleep, they said not until bed time and they did nothing.

After I left him he walked out and found a building where he jumped to his death. They didn't restrain him, in fact they didn't do anything, not even keep him safe.

Restraining someone is not the answer,

There has to be a better way, where are the crisis action plans? Where are the Recovery Centres? A place both carers and service users can learn about the best way to approach and deal with a crisis before it escalates.

Worries about post natal psychosis

The Service User Perspective - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 14:54
With post natal psychosis there is the problem that a mother may well hide the fact that she is unwell, because of fears that the baby may be taken away and she herself locked up.

An expert by experience shares their view on post natal psychosis

The Service User Perspective - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 14:50
I'm afraid (or should that be glad!) that I have no personal experience of post natal psychosis but I am shocked that the review couldn't find any research into the treatments available to mothers and their families in need of intervention, despite recent high profile cases.

As with so many areas of treatment for mental illness, outcomes are determined by the luck of the draw .... by the chance of being spotted by the right person at the right time. Training midwives and GPs to become that right person must surely be a good start. Giving them the time and knowledge to provide appropriate interventions (drugs, family support and talking therapies) is the obvious follow-up.

Women's mental health after giving birth: an expert by experience shares her story.

The Service User Perspective - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 14:44
About a month after my first child was born I had post natal depression. Didn't know anything about it or reconsider what was happening. I just found it difficult to bond with my daughter, I was able to care for her needs, but I was sad and troubled, very tearful, and had difficulty in cuddling and nursing her, which added to my misery. I felt ill physically as well as mentally.

I was lucky to have had a good health visitor, who saw I was different from the first couple of times she had visited and took me to my GP where I found support through the coming months.

When my second child was born I was very aware of the symptoms and sought help as soon as I recognised the signs so did not suffer so badly, the second time. There are such high expectations on a pregnant woman from family friends and medical staff, it is a shock after the birth when all this expected wonderment and fulfilment is not there, then to feel depressed as well is hard enough.

Psychosis may be rare and only affect a few, but during the pregnancy it's not mentioned, post natal depression can be dismissed if you ask about it, yet forwarded would be better, for the woman and their partners.

There should be more research, has there ever been any?

Experts by Experience

The Service User Perspective - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 17:24
The experts by experience group has been asked to comment on two summaries.

The group is comprised of 20 people (service users and carers).

They have been asked to add their lived experience to summaries on:(1) postnatal psychosis; and (2) sedatives for aggression and agitation.

These will be posted in the near future.

QMed - helping to build the next generation of evidence-based practitioners

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Thu, 25/09/2014 - 00:00

Support our colleagues in India to inspire a new generation of evidence-based practitioners.

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

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Promoting evidence-informed journalism: bringing together journalists and researchers

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 13:50

Hyderabad Colloquium
Wednesday 24 September 2014 - 12:30 to 14:30

Hyderabad International Convention Centre, MR G.02

External link for more information:  https://colloquium.cochrane.org/meetings/promoting-evid... Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane CEAD Email address:  pressoffice@cochrane.org

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Cheaper alternative to licensed drug for treating eye disease has similar side effects, says new Cochrane Review

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Mon, 15/09/2014 - 11:42

Media contact:

Evelyn Martinez (US): +1 201 748 6358

sciencenewsroom@wiley.com

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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Students 4 Best Evidence Wiki Week - 15-19 September

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Mon, 15/09/2014 - 10:44

STUDENTS WE NEED YOU – join Students 4 Best Evidence (S4BE) and help update health evidence on Wikipedia!

External link for more information:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_Program:Student... Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Holly Millward Email address:  holly.millward@cochrane.nhs.uk

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