Aging and obesity are likely to be the two primary drivers of the expected rise in diabetes.
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Diabetes rates worldwide have been rising steadily since the early 1990s when these data were first estimated. This trend is only going up.
Africa’s secondary school enrolment rates still lag far behind those of other world regions’.
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The introduction of free education should follow a gradual process, starting with the lowest levels.
Major reviews of medical evidence, known as Cochrane reviews, have come under fire. But is that fair?
We looked at more than 1,000 research trials and found clear evidence to back exercise as a way to improve depression, anxiety and psychological distress.
An updated Cochrane Review suggests face masks don’t reduce the spread of COVID in the community. But there are several reasons why this conclusion is misleading.
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The internet has been heralded as liberation technology and accused of undermining democracy. The available research shows it is a bit of both.
We researched how much difference opioids like codeine, oxycodone or morphine make to osteoarthritis pain. We found they helped about as much as paracetamol. Yet they are far more dangerous.
As the pandemic has progressed, so has scientists’ understanding of why masks matter and how best to protect against COVID.
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Good science doesn’t eliminate uncertainty: it explains it.
Researchers regularly study the literature in their field.
The limitations of traditional literature review approaches could be improved relatively easily with a few key procedures.
Done well, translational science can save lives.
Systematic reviews are rarely applied to basic research. A new study shows how they could separate good data from bad, saving millions in research dollars and speeding life-saving treatments.
Clinicians can do their jobs better when they have quick, open access to scientifically rigorous research.
South Africa has become the first country on the continent to purchase a national licence to the Cochrane library – giving everyone access to evidence-based information about health care.
Conflicting recommendations about flu drugs has made it difficult for doctors to decide whether to prescribe them.
Research involving pharmaceutical company input is notoriously compromised. While not all industry ties lead to biased research, and not all biases are a consequence of industry ties, many studies show…
Systematic reviews help consumers, practitioners and policy makers identify what works.
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We work at the Australasian Cochrane Centre and we dread being asked what we do for a living. This isn’t because we don’t like what we do, in fact we love it. It’s because when we explain that our job…