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  • 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
  • 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 2 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
  • 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 30 2020
  • Cochrane, a global independent organization that reviews evidence from research to inform health decision-making, publishes a review of studies looking at the accuracy of COVID-19 antibody tests. The review shows that antibody tests could have a useful role in detecting if someone has had COVID-19, but that timing is important. The tests were...
    June 25 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...
    May 20 2020
  • This new review is one of a series of rapid reviews that Cochrane contributors have prepared to inform the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.Some infectious diseases are spread by airborne droplets from coughs and sneezes, which can infect people who touch contaminated skin or surfaces. Washing hands with soap and water may prevent these diseases from...
    April 30 2020
  • Cochrane has published a new Rapid Review assessing the effectiveness of quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.The review summarizes evidence available from modelling studies that show how quarantining affects the spread of COVID-19. The studies included in the review consistently conclude that quarantine can play a role in controlling the...
    April 30 2020
  • What was the aim of this review?We aimed to compare the effect of different medications for treating people with Ascaris infection. Albendazole and mebendazole are most commonly used to treat ascariasis. Ivermectin can also be used. We wanted to know if there was anything to choose between these drugs for eradicating the worms and their eggs in...
    April 30 2020
  • Four new reviews and 2 protocols are available in Issue 4 of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews·New ProtocolsDeeks  JJ, Dinnes  J, Takwoingi  Y, Davenport  C, Leeflang  MMG, Spijker  R, Hooft  L, Van den Bruel  A, Emperador  D, Dittrich ...
    April 29 2020

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