Evidently Cochrane – health evidence you can trust

Evidently Cochrane is a blog supported by Cochrane UK that aims to makes healthcare evidence more accessible by providing a summary of key evidence. It’s aimed at health care professionals as well as patients and their carers.

There is usually a new post each week, with more during special events such as health awareness weeks. Items may include evidence from Cochrane Systematic Reviews as well as other guidelines and publications. Each item has links to the original sources used.

As well as viewing the latest posts on the website, you can also sign up to one of three newsletters, namely Evidence for Everyday Allied Health, Evidence for Everyday Nursing, or Evidence for Everyday Midwifery. You can also keep up to date by following Evidently Cochrane on Twitter.

Evidently Cochrane are also looking for writers for future items, and there is more information on the website including a list of possible topics, but if you are interested in writing about a topic not on the list, it could be considered. Writing for Evidently Cochrane could be good for your revalidation and continuing professional development.

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    "Regular bedtimes make children less likely to be obese as adults," is the slightly misleading Mail Online headline. This follows a study looking at the link between household routines in early childhood and obesity at age 11. Researchers analysed data about children in the UK that had been collected as part of a previous large study […]
  • Reported link between diet drinks and dementia and stroke is weak
    "Diet drinks triple your risk of stroke and dementia," the Daily Mail reports, as US research found a link between daily intake and increased risk. However, the chain of evidence is not as strong as reported. The researchers analysed data from an ongoing US cohort study to see if consumption of sugar or artificially sweetened drinks […]
  • Cycling commuters have lower rates of heart disease and cancer
    "Want to live longer? Reduce your risk of cancer? And heart disease? Then cycle to work," BBC News advises, prompted by a new study that found UK commuters who cycled to work had lower rates of cancer and heart disease, compared to other types of commuters. The study was well designed as it included more […]
  • Two older drugs could be 'repurposed' to fight dementia
    "Depression and cancer drugs offer hope for dementia sufferers," Sky News reports. The headline is prompted by a study looking at the effect of two drugs – one used to treat depression and another being trialled for cancer treatment – on neurodegenerative diseases. Neurodegenerative diseases are conditions that cause progressive damage to the brain's functions, such as Alzheimer's disease, […]
  • Frog slime could protect us against future flu epidemic
    "'Potent' new molecule in frog slime may give us new way to beat flu epidemics, say boffins," The Sun reports. Researchers looked at secretions from the skin of a south Indian frog called Hydrophylax bahuvistara. They found it contained a peptide (a short chain of amino acids) which could kill certain flu viruses in the […]