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Cochrane (Australasian Centre)

Cochrane is an independent, not-for-profit research network made up of over 40,000 contributors from 130 countries. Together, they produce trusted health information in the form of systematic reviews that look at all relevant studies relating to specific health questions.

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Last reviewed: February 2021

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Found 162 results

Estrogen for schizophrenia | Cochrane

Authors' conclusions:  Adjunctive estrogen with or without progesterone does not appear to offer convincing advantages over placebo

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Newer antidepressants for depression in children and adolescents | Cochrane

Authors' conclusions:  Caution is required in interpreting the results given the methodological limitations of the included trials in terms of internal and external validity

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Evidence on beneficial or harmful effects of bicyclol for chronic hepatitis C is not found | Cochrane

Authors' conclusions:  Only one randomised clinical trial has examined bicyclol for patients with chronic hepatitis C

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Amphetamines for schizophrenia | Cochrane

Authors' conclusions:  Understandably amphetamines are rarely formally evaluated in randomised studies and therefore unpublished work in this area is likely to exist

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Meditation therapy for anxiety disorders | Cochrane

Authors' conclusions:  The small number of studies included in this review do not permit any conclusions to be drawn on the effectiveness of meditation therapy for anxiety disorders

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Acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome | Cochrane

Authors' conclusions:  Sham-controlled RCTs have found no benefits of acupuncture relative to a credible sham acupuncture control for IBS symptom severity or IBS-related quality of life

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Training to recognise the early signs of recurrence in schizophrenia | Cochrane

Authors' conclusions:  This review indicates that early warning signs interventions may have a positive effect on the proportions of people re-hospitalised and on rates of relapse, but not on time to recurrence

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Interventions to reduce weight gain in schizophrenia | Cochrane

Authors' conclusions:  Modest weight loss can be achieved with selective pharmacological and non pharmacological interventions

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Omega-3 fatty acids for bipolar disorder | Cochrane

Authors' conclusions:  Results from one study showed positive effects of omega-3 as an adjunctive treatment for depressive but not manic symptoms in bipolar disorder

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What interventions improve the control of high blood pressure | Cochrane

Authors' conclusions:  Family practices and community-based clinics need to have an organized system of regular follow-up and review of their hypertensive patients

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