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  • Many countries have introduced restrictions on people’s movement to protect them from COVID-19. Visiting older friends and relatives may not be possible. Can calling Grandma with a video call help her feel less lonely and isolated? Can video calls affect symptoms of depression or quality of life? What does the evidence say?COVID-19 is...
    May 25 2020
  • Read the full review herePhoto by Washington Bruno Rodrigues Cavalcante on UnsplashReducing aflatoxin intake with agricultural and nutritional education to improve growth of infants and children in low‐ and middle‐income countries Review question Does providing agricultural and nutritional education about how to reduce the intake of aflatoxins (...
    April 9 2020
  • Read the full review herePhoto by Haley Owens on UnsplashDoes taxation of unprocessed sugar or foods with added sugar reduce their consumption and prevent obesity or other adverse health outcomes? Why is this review important? As outlined by the World Health Organization, 'globesity' (the rise in overweight and obesity globally) is a major world...
    April 9 2020
  • Updates on Cochrane's resources and news regarding Coronaviruse (COVID-19) - here Cochrane Special Collections Coronavirus (COVID-19): infection control and prevention measures - freely available hereCoronavirus (COVID-19): evidence relevant to critical care - freely available hereCoronavirus (COVID-19): effective options for quitting...
    March 26 2020
  • Does multiple micronutrient fortification improve health?Background Vitamins and minerals are important for growth and body functioning. Micronutrient deficiencies are common in many populations, and food fortification is one of the interventions to reduce the burden of micronutrient deficiencies and improve health in the general population. Food...
    January 7 2020
  • Cochrane Public HealthReview Prioritisation Process1. PurposeTo determine the priorities of Cochrane Public Health (CPH) in order to:direct potential resource expenditure (including editorial support time) to existing incomplete reviews, updates and planned reviews;decide whether inactive incomplete reviews should be retained; anddevelop new...
    November 27 2019
  • Full review here Photo by Mgg Vitchakorn on UnsplashKey messages Fortification of rice with iron alone or in combination with other micronutrients may make little or no difference in the risk of having anaemia but probably reduces the risk of iron deficiency and increases mean haemoglobin concentrations in population aged two years or above....
    October 28 2019
  • Altering the availability or proximity of food, alcohol, and tobacco products to change their selection and consumptionRead the full (open access) review here Blogshot hereRead a summary by the lead author, Gareth Hollands, here Pic credit: Kevin Grieve, Unsplash ABSTRACT Background Overconsumption of food, alcohol, and tobacco products increases...
    August 28 2019
  • Interventions for preventing obesity in children - an updated Cochrane review Background More children are becoming overweight and obese worldwide. Being overweight as a child can cause health problems, and children may be affected psychologically and in their social life. Overweight children are likely also to be overweight as adults and continue...
    July 24 2019
  • The effects of fortification of wheat and maize flour with folic acid on population health outcomes Background Folate is an essential vitamin that is needed to make and repair DNA and for cell division. Folate has two main forms: folate, the natural form found in foods, and folic acid, the form that is used in supplements and fortified foods....
    July 2 2019

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