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  • Original version published on 30 September 2020.This is the second update of this review. The review authors included studies in people with suspected COVID-19 only, and excluded studies in people with confirmed COVID-19. The evidence is up to date to 30 September 2020. How accurate is chest imaging for diagnosing COVID‐19?Why is this...
    March 17 2021
  • 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 months have been "a rollercoaster of ill health, extreme emotions, and utter exhaustion. Although not hospitalised, it has been frightening and...
    March 16 2021
  • During May 2021, we have published 2 new Cochrane reviews and one Cochrane review update in Issue 5, 2021 of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. New reviewsHaraka F, Kakolwa M, Schumacher SG, Nathavitharana RR, Denkinger CM, Gagneux S, Reither K, Ross A. Impact of the diagnostic test Xpert MTB/RIF on patient outcomes for tuberculosis...
    March 7 2021
  • One new COVID-19 review, one updated COVID-19 review, and one updated Cochrane review  are in Issue 2, 2021 of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.New COVID 19 ReviewSingh  B, Ryan  H, Kredo  T, Chaplin  M, Fletcher  T. Chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine for prevention and treatment of COVID‐19....
    March 3 2021
  • 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...
    February 12 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
  • 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‐...
    January 18 2021

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