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  • Researchers from South Africa and Canada have carried out a Cochrane review update to assess the safety and effectiveness of corticosteroids for treating tuberculous pericarditis.Tuberculosis (TB) infection of the pericardium, the membrane around the heart, is not common but can restrict the function of the heart and is fatal in some cases....
    September 14 2017
  • In this instalment of the 'Meet the Editor' series, we talk with CIDG Editor Dr Michael Eisenhut. Dr Eisenhut has published papers on a broad range of subjects, including tuberculosis, malaria, HIV, respiratory syncytial virus bronchiolitis, the pathophysiology of inflammation, sepsis, and meningitis, and several systematic reviews. He is...
    September 6 2017
  • What’s new!Please find details below on the latest submission to the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Issue 8, 2017 (Reviews and protocols published 1 to 31 August 2017) from the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group.Four new protocolsWeeratunga P, Rodrigo C, Fernando SD, Rajapakse S. Control methods for Aedes...
    September 6 2017
  • The Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group (CIDG) editorial base said a fond farewell to Anne-Marie Stephani on Friday 25th August. Anne-Marie joined the CIDG as Managing Editor in 2009 and has been instrumental in assuring rigorous, fair, and prompt editorial management of the CIDG; in maintaining excellent communication with editors...
    August 31 2017
  • In this instalment of the CIDG 'Meet the Editor' series, we talk with Dr Gerry Davies. He is a physician who learned infectious diseases in South Africa, Thailand, and the UK. His research work spans the development and evaluation of anti-infective agents from preclinical pharmacology to systematic reviews with a particular emphasis on...
    August 1 2017
  • Modena is home to balsamic vinegar, Ferrari, Pavarotti, and Cochrane Italy. So, where better to learn about GRADE – an approach that allows researchers and guideline developers assess the certainty of research evidence. For years we struggled with how to express how accurate an estimate is in a meta-analysis, how much it varies between...
    June 27 2017
  • Should we propose a national policy that recommends fewer episiotomies? Should the government of Sri Lanka add rotavirus vaccine to their child vaccination schedule? Should hospitals continue with dry care to the umbilical cord, or add in chlorhexidine swabbing?The 83 Ministry of Health staff from Sri Lanka considered these questions in the ‘...
    June 7 2017
  • In this 10th instalment of the 'Meet the Editor' feature, we talk with Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group (CIDG) Editor Emmanuel Effa. His current position is Senior Research Associate with Cochrane Nigeria, where he co-ordinates training as part of the Cochrane Trainers Network and oversees the Branch's mentoring programme. He...
    June 1 2017
  • TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, is a global programme of scientific collaboration that helps facilitate, support and influence efforts to combat diseases of poverty. It is hosted at the World Health Organization (WHO), and is sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations...
    May 23 2017
  • Bednets with insecticide in the fabric reduce child deaths by about one-fifth in malaria areas in Africa – that was the key message of the Cochrane Review published in 1998. Since then the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group (CIDG) malaria portfolio has expanded to over 70 reviews. CIDG authors have assessed the evidence mainly...
    May 23 2017

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