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  • Why is improving screening for tuberculosis of the lungs important?Systematic screening in settings where tuberculosis is common is a recommended strategy for early detection of tuberculosis. Screening helps identify people who are more likely to have tuberculosis so they can have confirmatory testing. These are additional tests to confirm the...
    March 24 2022
  • Cochrane reviews on tests for tuberculosis disease and tuberculosis drug resistanceWith its editorial base at LSTM, Cochrane Infectious Diseases joins the global community in recognizing World TB Day with a Special Collection of systematic reviews on tests for tuberculosis disease and tuberculosis drug resistance. World...
    March 24 2022
  • The Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group Review of Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 has been recognised with the inaugural Harding Prize for Useful and Trustworthy Communication. The £3,141 prize was launched to celebrate individuals or teams liaising on information which helps inform policies or procedures. It was judged by five experts,...
    March 17 2022
  • During March 2022, the CIDG published two new reviews in Issue 3, 2022 of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and published an updated Cochrane Special Collection on diagnosing tuberculosis. In addition, the CIDG review on hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 was the joint winner of the inaugural Harding Prize for Useful and Trustworthy...
    March 12 2022
  • We talk with highly-valued former staff member Dr Marylou Murray, who worked with the READ-It team as a Clinical Research Associate and CIDG author from January 2019 to January 2020 What Marylou did before joining Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group (CIDG)With 14 years in rural general practice, Dr Marylou Murray sought to develop her experience...
    March 8 2022
  • Mass drug administration means giving every person living in a village or region a drug, irrespective of whether they have the disease or not. It’s an approach used in some disease control programmes in Africa, Asia, and South America since the 1930s. They are often steeped in controversy: some specialists believing they are effective, whilst...
    February 17 2022
  • Why is improving the diagnosis of high HIV viral load infection important?It helps to monitor the HIV virus levels in people living with HIV (PLHIV) who are receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART). High virus levels indicate that the medications are failing to suppress the virus, a condition known as ART treatment failure, which has a risk of...
    February 14 2022
  • During January 2022, we published one protocol and one updated review in Issue 1, 2022 of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.New ProtocolWagah MG, Gabaldón Figueira JC, Maia MF. Topical repellents for malaria prevention. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2022, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD015422. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD015422.Updated...
    January 31 2022
  • What was the aim of this review?Indoor residual spraying (IRS) is the regular application of chemical insecticides to household walls. The insecticide lasts for several months, killing mosquitoes that land on them. Insecticide‐treated nets (ITNs) are bed nets treated with insecticides, preventing mosquitoes from biting people and reducing the...
    January 31 2022
  • During December  2021, we have published one new  review in Issue 12, 2021 of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.New reviewLutje V, Probyn K, Seixas J, Bergman H, Villanueva G. Chemotherapy for second‐stage human African trypanosomiasis: drugs in use. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2021, Issue 12. Art. No.:...
    January 10 2022

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