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Goodbye Evidently Cochrane

Well, dear readers, after 11+ years and almost 700 blogs, it's time to say goodbye. Many of you will know that Cochrane UK closes at the end of March 2024, with the loss of NIHR funding, and Evidently Cochrane is one of the casualties of this.

Supporting adults with cerebral palsy to prevent and manage long-term conditions

In this blog for health professionals, Jenny Fortune (researcher), Emma Livingstone (CEO and Founder Up the Adult Cerebral Palsy Movement) and Valerie Stevenson (Neurologist and lead of the UCLH Cerebral Palsy Service) look at the occurrence of long-term conditions in adults with cerebral palsy and discuss how health professionals can use this information to support adults with cerebral palsy manage their health.

Probiotics, prebiotics & synbiotics: the evidence behind the claims

Many health claims are made about probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics. In some cases, there’s evidence that they may be helpful - but there’s a lack of evidence to support other claims. This blog by Cochrane UK’s Selena Ryan-Vig, focuses mainly on probiotics and looks at the evidence behind their use for various health conditions, explaining where 1) they may have some benefits; 2) they may not be worthwhile and 3) the evidence is uncertain - so we’re unsure whether or not they’re helpful.

Blue light-filtering lenses: useful for eye strain, sleep, & eye health? Here’s the evidence

Glasses with blue light-filtering lenses are widely marketed and routinely prescribed by eye care professionals. It has been claimed these lenses can help with reducing eye strain, improving sleep, and protecting eye health. But do they live up to the hype, and are they worth the cost? In this blog, Associate Professor Laura Downie and Dr Sumeer Singh look at the latest evidence from their recent Cochrane Review.

Stool transplants for bowel disease: what’s the evidence?

In this blog for people with bowel inflammation caused by clostridium difficile infection or ulcerative colitis, Robert Walton, a GP and Senior Fellow in General Practice at Cochrane UK, looks at the latest Cochrane evidence on faecal microbiota transplantation (or stool transplants); where poo from a healthy person is transplanted into the gut of the patient to help them recover.