Homeopathic Remedies: a pinch of salt in a vast ocean of (unpublished) clinical trials

Blog entry written on: Assessing the magnitude of reporting bias in trials of homeopathy: a cross-sectional study and meta-analysis, (bmjebm-2021-111846) Authors: Gerald Gartlehner, Robert Emprechtinger, Marlene Hackl, Franziska L Jutz, Jacob E Gartlehner, Julian N Nonninger, Irma Klerings and Andreea Iulia Dobrescu Undeterred by allegations that homeopathy is a pseudoscience that lacks-approval by regulatory agencies […]

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Why we urgently need a long-term research agenda on non-pharmaceutical interventions to guide policies and practices in the current and future public health emergencies

Blog entry written on: Randomized trials on non-pharmaceutical interventions for COVID-19: a scoping review, (bmjebm-2021-111825) Authors: Julian Hirt, Perrine Janiaud, Lars G. Hemkens Drastic measures such as quarantine, school and workplace closures, curfews, travel restrictions, and mandatory diagnostic testing interventions have been taken worldwide to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Some of these measures, so-called […]

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Treating patients with Menière’s disease – what not to do?

Blog entry written on: Interventions for Menière’s disease: an umbrella systematic review (bmjebm-2020-111410). Authors: Babette F. van Esch, Hester J. van der Zaag-Loonen, Tjasse D. Bruintjes, Ton Kuijpers, Peter Paul G. van Benthem Are we able to rule out any treatment options when treating patients who are suffering from incapacitating attacks of vertigo accompanied with […]

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Chest CT for diagnosing moderately-to-severe cases of COVID-19? – Evidence from an Indian study

Blog entry written on: Correlation between chest CT and RT-PCR testing in India’s second COVID-19 wave: a retrospective cohort study, (bmjebm-2021-111801). Authors: Vishal Mehta, Divya Jyoti, Rishi Tuhin Guria, Chandra Bhushan Sharma. As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, researchers are toiling in their attempt to explain the unexplained – the crucial pathophysiological pathway, the appropriate […]

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Performance of rapid tests for SARS-CoV-2 in children

Blog entry written on: Diagnostic accuracy of rapid point-of-care tests for diagnosis of current SARS-CoV-2 infections in children: a systematic review and meta-analysis, (bmjebm-2021-111828). Authors: Naomi Fujita-Rohwerder, Lars Beckmann, Yvonne Zens, Arpana Verma Performance of rapid tests for SARS-CoV-2 in children There is no doubt that diagnostic testing represents an essential cornerstone of the global […]

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Coroners and Covid: Preventable deaths from SARS-CoV-2

Blog entry written on: Preventable deaths from SARS-CoV-2 in England and Wales: a systematic case series of coroners’ reports during the COVID-19 pandemic, (bmjebm-2021-111834)’ Authors: Bethan Swift, Carl Heneghan, Jeffrey Aronson, David Howard and Georgia C Richards. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on us all. In 2022, the UK government will launch […]

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Put evidence production and communication at the forefront of pandemic preparedness, Cochrane Convenes report urges

The COVID-19 pandemic, now entering its third year, has created an unprecedented focus on health evidence for people working in governments, businesses and non-governmental organizations as well as members of the public. The emergence of Omicron only reinforced the need for timely evidence as decision makers across the globe scrambled to guide healthcare services and […]

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Age Charts to Assess Kidney Function

Blog entry written on: Kidney trajectory charts to assist general practitioners in the assessment of patients with reduced kidney function: a randomised vignette study, (bmjebm-2021-111767) Authors: Michelle Guppy, Paul Glasziou, Elaine Beller, Richard Flavel, Jonathan E Shaw, Elizabeth Barr, Jenny Doust. It’s time to incorporate age into the chronic kidney disease guidelines to better categorise […]

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Economic evaluation of DOACs vs VKAs highlights the disparity between high-income countries versus those with lower economic status.

Blog entry written on: ‘Economic evaluation of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) versus vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation: a systematic review and meta-analysis’, (bmjebm-2020-111634)’. Authors: Sitaporn Youngkong, Surakit Nathisuwan, Rini Noviyani, Bhavani Shankara Bagepally, Usa Chaikledkaew, Nathorn Chaiyakunapruk, Gareth J. McKay, Piyamitr Sritara, John Attia, Ammarin Thakkinstian. In this […]

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Are physiotherapists on guard to spot spin?

Blog entry written on: Effect of spin in the abstract of a randomised controlled trial on physiotherapists’ perception of treatment benefit: a randomised controlled trial (bmjebm-2021-111714). Authors: Heppy Khanpara, V Prakash Researchers are passionate about the research they conduct. A lot of time, effort and money is spent developing and testing an experimental intervention. Results of […]

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