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  • What are the benefits and risks of atovaquone‐proguanil for treating uncomplicated malaria caused by the Plasmodium falciparum parasite?What is the aim of this review?The most common, and most serious, type of malaria is caused by Plasmodium falciparum. In its mild (uncomplicated) form, the symptoms are fever, headaches, muscle pain, and...
    January 19 2021
  • Xpert MTB/RIF Ultra and Xpert MTB/RIF assays for extrapulmonary tuberculosis and rifampicin resistance in adultsHow accurate are tests (Xpert Ultra and Xpert MTB/RIF) for diagnosing tuberculosis outside the lungs (extrapulmonary tuberculosis) and rifampicin resistance?Why is using Xpert tests for extrapulmonary tuberculosis important?Tuberculosis...
    January 19 2021
  • Does encouraging people to wash their hands stop them having diarrhoea? Key messagesEncouraging hand washing probably reduces the number of times children have diarrhoea, by around 30%, in communities in low‐ to middle‐income countries and in child‐care centres in high‐income countries.We did not find evidence about the long‐term effects of hand‐...
    January 7 2021
  • One new and one updated Cochrane review are available in Issue 12 of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. New Cochrane ReviewBélard  S, Ramharter  M, Kurth  F Paediatric formulations of artemisinin‐based combination therapies for treating uncomplicated malaria in children. Cochrane Database...
    January 7 2021
  • Treating uncomplicated malaria in children: do child‐friendly formulations of medicines work better than usual tablet formulations?What is the aim of this review?We wanted to find out about the potential benefits and harms of child‐friendly formulations of artemisinin‐based combination therapy (ACT) to treat uncomplicated malaria in children. We...
    December 10 2020
  • Update: Probiotics for treating acute infectious diarrhoeaDo probiotics help to treat acute infectious diarrhoea?What is the aim of this review?Acute infectious diarrhoea is a major global disease that particularly affects people in low‐ and middle‐income countries. We wanted to know if taking probiotics is helpful in shortening the time taken for...
    December 10 2020
  • As 2021 approaches, the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group (CIDG) editorial base in Liverpool thanks its readers, authors, referees, and editors for their support and contributions to the CIDG’s work throughout 2020. In this end of year newsletter, we reflect on the challenges and achievements of this year, and plans for 2021.CIDG editorial...
    December 3 2020
  • One new COVID-19 review, one new Cochrane review  and one updated COVID-19 review  are available in Issue 11 of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. New  COVID 19  ReviewStegeman  I, Ochodo  EA, Guleid  F, Holtman  GA., Yang  B, Davenport  C, Deeks...
    December 3 2020
  • How accurate is chest imaging for diagnosing COVID‐19?Review updated from original review published on 30 September 2020Why is this question important?People with suspected COVID‐19 need to know quickly whether they are infected, so they can receive appropriate treatment, self‐isolate, and inform close contacts.Currently, formal diagnosis of COVID...
    December 1 2020
  • How accurate are routine laboratory tests for diagnosis of COVID‐19?What are routine laboratory tests? Routine laboratory tests are blood tests that assess the health status of a patient. Tests include counts of different types of white blood cells (these help the body fight infection), and detection of markers (proteins) that indicate organ...
    November 23 2020

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