Doctors Rebecca Gould and Charlotte Squires look at new Cochrane evidence on how physical exercise can help people with Parkinson’s, and Lis Kirkness, who lives with Parkinson’s, writes about her experience of trying both old and new forms of exercise, and the benefits she has felt.
Mental & Neurological
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS): the latest evidence on treatments
In this blog, Sarah Chapman looks at the Cochrane evidence on treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), talks to Consultant Neurophysiologist and Cochrane Review author Jeremy Bland, and reflects on her husband’s experiences.
PTSD: remembering and recovering with EMDR
Sandra shares her experience of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and how treatment with EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) helped, and we include sources of information and support for people with PTSD.
Bell’s palsy: facing up to uncertainty
What would you do if you woke up unable to move half your face? This blog shares Olivia's story, the challenges of Bell's palsy & what we know about treatments
My OCD journey 2: learning and compassion in tough times
In this blog, Karen Morley, who in 2018 wrote for Evidently Cochrane about her experiences of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and how evidence helped her, tells us what has happened since, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on her mental health, the challenges, and things she has found empowering.
Epilepsy: what are the best medications?
In this blog for people making choices about epilepsy medication, Dr Alexandre Mathy, a neurology registrar at Oxford University Hospitals, explains what the latest Cochrane evidence tells us about which medications may be most effective and best tolerated for people with focal seizures or generalised onset tonic‐clonic seizures.
Motor neurone disease: making choices about managing symptoms
Sarah Chapman revisits her blog about one man’s experience of motor neurone disease (MND) and the Cochrane evidence on treatments to help manage symptoms of MND/ALS.
Preventing dementia: what’s the evidence?
In a blog for non-medical people, James Garrard, Specialist Registrar in Geriatric Medicine, looks at the evidence of drug and non-drug approaches to try and prevent dementia.
Commonly-prescribed drugs and dementia: should we be worried?
In this blog for people interested in memory, thinking problems and dementia, Jodi Watt (a Researcher at the University of Glasgow) looks at the latest Cochrane evidence on whether a class of commonly-used medications (anticholinergics) might increase people’s risk of future memory problems, or even dementia.
Tube feeding for people with severe dementia: making decisions
Charlotte Squires, a trainee doctor in older adult care, reflects on issues with eating for people with severe dementia and options for supporting them, including the latest evidence on tube feeding. Sarah Chapman and friend Sue share experience from supporting their mums with dementia.
Predicting depression relapse: is this possible and useful?
In this blog for clinicians, researchers, people with depression and those supporting them, Andrew Moriarty (Academic GP), Nick Meader (Researcher), Emma Williams (Expert by experience) and Carolyn Chew-Graham (Professor of General Practice Research) look at the latest Cochrane evidence on predicting relapse of depression. Is predicting relapse possible, and likely to be useful to general practitioners (GPs) and patients?
Interventions for self-harm: the latest Cochrane evidence on what might help adults, children and young people
In this blog for people interested in the prevention of self-harm, Dr Katrina Witt and Professor Keith Hawton look at the latest Cochrane evidence on effective interventions for the prevention of self-harm and also consider where to from here.