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  • How accurate are rapid tests, performed during a health‐care visit (point‐of‐care), for diagnosing COVID‐19?Why is this question important?People with suspected COVID‐19 need to know quickly whether they are infected, so that they can self‐isolate, receive treatment, and inform close contacts. Currently, COVID‐19 infection is confirmed by sending...
    September 3 2020
  • Two new reviews and one review update are available in Issue 8 of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.New COVID Review Dinnes  J, Deeks  JJ, Adriano  A, Berhane  S, Davenport  C, Dittrich  S, Emperador  D, Takwoingi  Y, Cunningham  J, Beese...
    September 2 2020
  • In a new systematic review, an author team from the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group explored the evidence regarding managing histoplasmosis in people with HIV. Their review informed the PAHO/WHO guideline development process. The review authors worked with the guideline development group to formulate key questions, including...
    August 5 2020
  • Better reporting of animal research is the aim of the ARRIVE Guidelines.  LSTM’s Professor Paul Garner has been part of a team of senior researchers and science editors that have updated guidelines for the reporting of research and methods in scientific studies in animals, ARRIVE 2.0, launched in July 2020.Professor Garner, Co-...
    July 27 2020
  • A new systematic review from Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group published today; 'Signs and symptoms to determine if a patient presenting in primary care or hospital outpatient settings has COVID-19 disease'.COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Most people with COVID-19 have a mild to moderate respiratory...
    July 7 2020
  • CIDG Co-ordinating Editor, Paul Garner, outlines his experience of having COVID-19 in several recent news articles.Since mid-March 2020, when he developed COVID-19, he highlights that the past weeks have been "a rollercoaster of ill health, extreme emotions, and utter exhaustion. Although not hospitalised, it has been frightening and...
    July 1 2020
  • Why is improving diagnodsis of plague important?Plague is a severe disease associated with high death rates. Pneumonic plague mainly affects the lungs, while bubonic plague present with painful swellings. Not recognizing plague early may result in delayed diagnosis and treatment associated with advanced illness and death, and increased disease...
    July 1 2020
  • Three protocols and two new reviews are available in Issue 6 of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.New COVID-19 ProtocolsMcInnes MDF, Leeflang MMG, Salameh J-P, McGrath TA, Pol CB, Frank RA, Prager R, Hare SS, Dennie C, Spijker R, Deeks JJ, Dinnes J, Jenniskens K,...
    June 30 2020
  • Three new protocols and one new review are available in Issue 7 of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. New ProtocolsCiapponi  A, Matthews  S, Cafferata  ML, Comandé  D, Gibbons  L, Núñez-González  S, Buekens  P, Arevalo-Rodriguez  I. Laboratory tests...
    June 30 2020
  • This year the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) Journal Impact Factor is 7.890.  This is an increase on the 2018 Journal Impact Factor, which was 7.755.  The Journal Impact Factor is a tool for ranking, evaluating, and comparing journals and a measure of the frequency with which the 'average article' in a journal...
    June 28 2020

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