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  • An updated 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'.Can symptoms and medical examination accurately diagnose COVID-19?COVID-19 affects many organs of the body, so people with...
    February 23 2021
  • Why is improving the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis important?Tuberculosis is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. While tuberculosis is largely curable when detected early and effectively treated, around 1.2 million people died of tuberculosis in 2019. Xpert MTB/RIF and Xpert Ultra (the newest version) are World Health Organization‐...
    February 23 2021
  • Hydroxychloroquine does not reduce deaths from COVID-19, and probably does not reduce the number of people needing mechanical ventilation, state the authors of a new Cochrane Review. In addition, they note that no new trials of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for treating COVID-19 should be started.Authors based in India, South Africa, and the...
    February 11 2021
  • LSTM’s Centre for Evidence Synthesis in Global Health has led developments in systematic reviews in tropical medicine and international health. In the 1990s, staff contributed to setting up Cochrane, and established the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group (CIDG). This is now recognised as one of Cochrane’s premier groups, with over 150 Cochrane...
    February 10 2021
  • Two updated Cochrane reviews and one new protocol are available in Issue 1, 2021 of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. New Cochrane ProtocolWeeratunga  P, Bancone  G, Ochodo  EA, Pant  S, Thapa  J, Chaplin  M. Glucose‐6‐phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency near‐...
    February 3 2021
  • 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
  • How 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 is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. Tuberculosis mainly affects the lungs (pulmonary) but may occur...
    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

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