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  • 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
  • Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) kills up to 40% of people it infects. It’s an emerging problem in the Eastern Mediterranean region, particularly in Turkey, Iran, and Russia. Spain has recently seen its first domestically contracted cases. CCHF is spread by ticks and is endemic in areas of Europe, Africa, and Asia. Until now there have been...
    May 12 2017
  • From 27th February to 10th March 2017, the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group (CIDG) editorial base welcomed Dr. Francis Mhimbira as a visiting fellow. In this report, he provides an insight into his involvement with the CIDG and his time at the CIDG editorial base in Liverpool.Dr. Mhimbira is an epidemiologist and a research...
    April 24 2017
  • Every year, Cochrane UK organizes an annual symposium for all its networks, including UK- & Ireland-based Cochrane contributors, researchers, health professionals, students, charities, patient advocates, and other interested groups. This year's symposium took place at Keble College, Oxford on the 14th and...
    April 11 2017
  • Paul Garner, Co-ordinating Editor of the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group and Director of the Effective Health Care Research Consortium, has been appointed a Member of the Editorial Board of PLOS Medicine for 2017.The PLOS Editorial Board assists the staff editors in guiding priority topics. In addition, they act to...
    April 5 2017
  • It's been a year since we launched the news feature 'Meet the Editors' on the CIDG and EHCRC websites, and what a year it's been! Over the 12 months we've been delighted to introduce you to nine CIDG Editors (click on their names to read their 'Meet the Editor' interviews):Row 1 (L-R): Jimee Hwang, Hasifa Bukirwa, Mical Paul,...
    March 29 2017

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