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Cochrane (Australasian Centre)

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Last reviewed: August 2016

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Found 156 results

Sun protection (including sunscreens) to prevent basal cell carcinoma and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma of the skin | Cochrane

Authors' conclusions:  In this review, we assessed the effect of solar protection in preventing the occurrence of new cases of keratinocyte cancer

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Exercise for depression | Cochrane

Authors' conclusions:  Exercise is moderately more effective than a control intervention for reducing symptoms of depression, but analysis of methodologically robust trials only shows a smaller effect in favour of exercise

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Multidisciplinary treatment for back pain | Cochrane

Authors' conclusions:  Patients with chronic LBP receiving MBR are likely to experience less pain and disability than those receiving usual care or a physical treatment

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Drug treatment for borderline personality disorder | Cochrane

Authors' conclusions:  The available evidence indicates some beneficial effects with second-generation antipsychotics, mood stabilisers, and dietary supplementation by omega-3 fatty acids

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Treatment for thoracic outlet syndrome | Cochrane

Authors' conclusions:  This review was complicated by a lack of generally accepted diagnostic criteria for the diagnosis of TOS

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Analgesia for forceps delivery | Cochrane

Authors' conclusions:  There is insufficient evidence to support any particular analgesic agent or method as most effective in providing pain relief for forceps delivery

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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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Probiotics for treatment of Clostridium difficile -associated colitis in adults | Cochrane

Authors' conclusions:  There is insufficient evidence to recommend probiotic therapy as an adjunct to antibiotic therapy for C

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Acupuncture for osteoarthritis | Cochrane

Authors' conclusions:  Sham-controlled trials show statistically significant benefits; however, these benefits are small, do not meet our pre-defined thresholds for clinical relevance, and are probably due at least partially to placebo effects from incomplete blinding

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Antibiotic therapy for the treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in people with surgical wounds | Cochrane

Authors' conclusions:  There is currently no evidence to recommend any specific antibiotic in the treatment of MRSA SSIs

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