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  • During September 2021, we have published two new protocols and one updated review in Issue 9, 2021 of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.Updated reviewShah MP, Hwang J, Choi L, Lindblade KA, Kachur SP, Desai M. Mass drug administration for malaria. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2021, Issue 9....
    September 29 2021
  • Treating everyone for malaria: does it eliminate the disease?Some policy experts recommend giving antimalarial drugs to everyone living in a malarious area at the same time to accelerate elimination of the disease, but this is controversial. Now an independent review team from the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group evaluated the current...
    September 29 2021
  • During July/August 2021, we have published three new Cochrane reviews in Issues 7 and 8, 2021 of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.New reviews – JulyPopp  M, Stegemann  M, Metzendorf  M-I, Gould  S, Kranke  P, Meybohm  P, Skoetz  N, Weibel  S. Ivermectin for preventing and treating COVID‐...
    August 25 2021
  • What was the aim of this review?Tuberculosis is the leading cause of death in people living with HIV. The disease is particularly difficult to diagnose in people living with HIV, in part because it is often challenging to produce sputum for diagnosis. The lateral flow urine lipoarabinomannan test (LF‐LAM) is a World Health Organization (WHO)‐...
    August 23 2021
  • Point‐of‐care tests for detecting HIV viral molecules in infants and children aged 18 months or lessWhy is improving the diagnosis of HIV infection important?It is estimated that 1.5 million infants are still exposed to HIV every year. If left untreated, about 50% to 60% of HIV‐infected infants will die by the age of two years. Children infected...
    August 17 2021
  • Ivermectin, a drug used to treat parasites such as scabies in humans and intestinal helminths in cattle, was screened in 2020 for activity against COVID-19. Laboratory tests suggested a weak effect on SARS-CoV-2 virus in a test tube but did not seem feasible in humans as the doses needed would be large. However, small early trials suggested large...
    July 28 2021
  • Screening tests for active pulmonary tuberculosis in childrenWhy is improving screening for pulmonary tuberculosis in children important?Tuberculosis is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Most children who die from tuberculosis are never diagnosed or treated. Screening may be useful to identify children with possible tuberculosis and...
    July 5 2021
  • Researchers from the LSTM-based Cochrane Infectious Disease Group (CIDG) explored whether community administration of ivermectin influences malaria transmission.Malaria still kills millions. Researchers are excited by a new intervention: giving people a drug which kills mosquitoes that bite them. Incredibly, this is a reality, as the drug...
    June 30 2021
  • During June 2021, the CIDG published two Cochrane protocols, two new Cochrane reviews, and one Cochrane review update in Issue 6, 2021 of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.ProtocolsLeeflang MMG, Bell K, Deeks JJ, Dinnes J, Doust J, Korevaar DA, Lord SJ, Spijker R. Electronic and animal noses...
    June 30 2021
  • Researchers from LSTM confirm that in areas with high pyrethroid resistance in mosquitoes, fewer people were infected with malaria parasites when piperonyl butoxide (PBO) + pyrethroid-treated bed nets were used. The updated Cochrane Review shows these benefits were sustained over two years.Bed nets treated with pyrethroid insecticides are an...
    May 24 2021

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