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  • Adverse events in people taking macrolide antibioticsAdverse events in people taking macrolide antibioticsReview questionWe wanted to find out if people treated with a macrolide antibiotic experienced more adverse events than those treated with placebo.BackgroundMacrolide antibiotics are a group of antibiotics that are commonly used to treat both...
    February 21 2019
  • Probiotics for preventing acute otitis media in childrenPlain language summaryReview questionDoes taking probiotics (‘healthy bacteria’) prevent children from getting acute middle ear infections?BackgroundAcute middle ear infection is very common in childhood. It is caused by bacteria that travel...
    February 21 2019
  • Cochrane ARI Group's priority-setting survey results publishedWe analysed Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Group's specialised register of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and identified 68 systematic review topics with adequate volume of RCT evidence to systematically review but had no corresponding Cochrane Review. We prioritised 21...
    July 18 2018
  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccines for preventing acute otitis media in childrenReview questionWe reviewed the evidence about the effect of vaccination against Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus, a type of bacterium) for preventing acute middle ear infections in children.BackgroundBefore nationwide implementation of vaccination against...
    May 29 2018
  • A suite of three influenza vaccine reviews has been updated:Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy adults.Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy children.Vaccines for preventing influenza in the elderly.Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy adultsPlain language summaryReview aimThe aim of this Cochrane Review, first published in...
    May 24 2018
  • Osmotic therapies added to antibiotics for acute bacterial meningitisPlain language summaryWhat is the aim of this review?The aim of this Cochrane Review is to collect and analyse trials evaluating osmotic therapies given orally or intravenously to people with acute bacterial meningitis. Cochrane authors collected and analysed all relevant studies...
    May 24 2018
  • Honey for acute cough in childrenPlain language summaryReview questionCan honey reduce cough symptoms caused by bacteria and viruses in children?BackgroundCough causes concern for parents and is a major reason for outpatient visits. Honey is believed to prevent growth of germs and reduce inflammation.Search dateWe searched databases to 8 February...
    May 24 2018
  • Systemic corticosteroids for improving symptoms in children with acute middle ear infectionPlain language summaryReview questionWe reviewed the evidence on the effects of corticosteroids given by mouth or injection for acute middle ear infection (acute otitis media (AOM)) in children, particularly in improving symptoms such as ear pain, fever,...
    May 24 2018
  • March 23 2018
  • In a blog for non-medical readers, Lynda Ware, Senior Fellow in General Practice with Cochrane UK, gives a round up of twelve Cochrane systematic reviews on remedies for the common cold.http://www.evidentlycochrane.net/just-pass-tissues/
    January 23 2017

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