From March 01, 2011 to March 31, 2011
At the 2009 meeting of INFORMER (www.informer.org.in), the forum for Indian medical student' research, Professor Prathap Tharyan, director of the South Asian Cochrane Centre (www.cochrane-sacn.org), gave a workshop on evidence-based medicine (EBM). As a consequence, INFORMER became associated with the Cochrane Centre, based at Christian Medical College, Vellore, India.
We have recently come across Cochrane Reviews in which evaluative research other than randomised controlled trials, as well as logic and basic science, seem to have been largely ignored. Hence, the review questions cannot be answered in the manner that the authors set out to do, the implication being that more research is needed...
Proximal femoral, or 'hip', fracture is a major health problem in older age. It is a common condition, with a lifetime risk of around 17.5% for white women and 6% for white men. It occurs predominantly in older people, and is strongly associated with comorbidity, including under-nutrition, frailty, and impaired physical and cognitive function. The burden on society from hip fracture is huge and increasing ...
In one of the press releases accompanying the publication of Issue 1, 2011 of The Cochrane Library we mistakenly stated the following: "However, there is less evidence that statins are beneficial for preventing heart problems in those who have no history of CVD. Given that low cholesterol has been shown to increase the risk of death from other causes, statins may do more harm than good in some patients" ...