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Health services fail adults with cerebral palsy: research shows what must change

3 weeks ago

In this blog written for both healthcare professionals and adults with cerebral palsy (CP), researcher Dr. Manjula Manikandan and her team explain their recent research about how health services are failing adults with cerebral palsy – and what needs to change.

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Manjula Manikandan

Probiotics, prebiotics & synbiotics: the evidence behind the claims

1 month 2 weeks ago

Many health claims are made about probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics. In some cases, there’s evidence that they may be helpful - but there’s a lack of evidence to support other claims. This blog by Cochrane UK’s Selena Ryan-Vig, focuses mainly on probiotics and looks at the evidence behind their use for various health conditions, explaining where 1) they may have some benefits; 2) they may not be worthwhile and 3) the evidence is uncertain - so we’re unsure whether or not they’re helpful.

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Selena Ryan-Vig

Mental Health First Aid training: widely adopted, but is it evidence-based?

2 months 4 weeks ago

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training has been widely adopted in a variety of settings, such as schools and workplaces and there are bold claims that it is effective. Rachel Richardson, lead author of a recent Cochrane Review that challenges those claims, explains their findings in this blog.

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Rachel Richardson

Blue light-filtering lenses: useful for eye strain, sleep, & eye health? Here’s the evidence

3 months 1 week ago

Glasses with blue light-filtering lenses are widely marketed and routinely prescribed by eye care professionals. It has been claimed these lenses can help with reducing eye strain, improving sleep, and protecting eye health. But do they live up to the hype, and are they worth the cost? In this blog, Associate Professor Laura Downie and Dr Sumeer Singh look at the latest evidence from their recent Cochrane Review.

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Laura Downie

Stool transplants for bowel disease: what’s the evidence?

3 months 3 weeks ago

In this blog for people with bowel inflammation caused by clostridium difficile infection or ulcerative colitis, Robert Walton, a GP and Senior Fellow in General Practice at Cochrane UK, looks at the latest Cochrane evidence on faecal microbiota transplantation (or stool transplants); where poo from a healthy person is transplanted into the gut of the patient to help them recover.

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Robert Walton

Alcohol dependence: evidence and experience on 12 steps to recovery

4 months ago

In a blog for anyone worried about their drinking, or supporting someone with alcohol dependence, Sarah Chapman from Cochrane UK looks at evidence for the effectiveness of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other 12 step programmes, and hears from some people with experience of becoming sober through AA.

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Sarah Chapman

Stroke: evidence, experience and resources

4 months 2 weeks ago

On this page, you can find our blogs about different aspects of stroke. Many of them include research evidence and also reflections from people affected by stroke themselves, health professionals involved in the care of people with stroke and stroke researchers. There are also links to helpful resources.

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Sarah Chapman and Selena Ryan-Vig

Stroke survivors: measuring what is important in speech recovery

4 months 4 weeks ago

Stephen Taylor, Joe Bugler, and Annette Dancer are three stroke survivors affected by dysarthria (unclear speech). They are also members of HEARD (Healing, Empowered And Recovering from Dysarthria), a patient involvement group which has helped to shape research to identify the things that matter most in speech recovery after stroke. In this blog, they tell us more.

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Stephen Taylor

ADHD: evidence to help you decide how best to manage the condition

5 months 2 weeks ago

In this blog for anyone affected by ADHD, Robert Walton, a GP and Senior Fellow in General Practice at Cochrane UK, examines the latest Cochrane evidence on the best ways of managing the condition and some things you may want to consider when making treatment choices.

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Robert Walton

Cognitive stimulation for people with dementia: making a difference

5 months 3 weeks ago

Cognitive stimulation is a structured approach that aims to engage people with dementia in enjoyable activities that generally stimulate areas of cognition such as thinking, language skills, concentration and memory. In this blog, retired clinical psychologist and dementia care researcher, Bob Woods, explains how it might help people living with dementia.

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Bob Woods

Antidepressants for chronic pain: an important evidence gap

6 months ago

A recent Cochrane Review – the largest ever investigation into antidepressants used for chronic pain - shows insufficient evidence to determine how effective or harmful they may be. In this blog, principal investigator Professor Tamar Pincus explains the findings, and a clinician (Dr Peter Cole), a patient, and a researcher (Hollie Birkinshaw,) share their reflections. 

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Tamar Pincus
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