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July 22, 2020

Cochrane Complementary Medicine seeks Visiting Wikipedia Scholar

Can you help Cochrane Complementary Medicine improve the quality of health-related evidence online by participating in the Cochrane-Wikipedia Project?

Cochrane and Wikipedia are working together to share high-quality health-related evidence with a broad audience. We are seeking to participate in this initiative, with a particular focus on complementary medicine topics.

The aim of the Visiting Wikipedia Scholar (VWS) role is to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of health-related evidence on topics relevant to complementary medicine by citing relevant Cochrane Reviews. The VWS will engage with WikiProject Med editors to help ensure responsible and valuable expansion of content.

Cochrane Complementary Medicine will recruit a volunteer to work with our team and lead on this work for a period of four months. Upon successful completion of the project, the volunteer will receive an honorarium of USD $1,000. We expect the successful volunteer to meet the following criteria: 

·     interest in communicating about health-related evidence and complementary medicine;

·     willingness and ability to write and edit English Wikipedia articles and understand systematic reviews;

·      availability during a four-month period (September-December 2020) for 3-4 hours per week.

Cochrane Complementary Medicine will support this initiative with 1-2 hours per week dedicated team time working with the volunteer to provide:

  • guidance and support relating to evidence synthesis and in particular Cochrane Reviews;

  • editorial oversight of the edits and writing conducted by the volunteer;

  • guidance on priority topics and articles;

  • support liaising with the WikiProject Med and Cochrane Wikipedia editing community and resources.

If you are interested in working on this project, please send an email by Friday, August 28 to Nancy Owens, Communications Strategist for Cochrane Complementary Medicine, explaining your interest in evidence informed healthcare and complementary medicine. Please also include a short CV (max 1 page). 

June 30, 2020

Cochrane evidence resources for management and treatment of headache and migraine

Headache is the general term for the experience of pain or discomfort in the head, face, or neck, and encompasses a range of types, from the common tension headache to conditions such as migraine. June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, and Cochrane has a number of systematic reviews assessing the effectiveness of complementary interventions in the treatment of headache and migraine:

Acupuncture for preventing migraine attacks

Feverfew for preventing migraine

Acupuncture for tension-type headaches

Jun19, 2020


Coch
rane evidence resources for the treatment of Sickle Cell Disorders

Sickle cell disorders are a group of illnesses which affect red blood cells, impairing their ability to carry oxygen and increasing the risk of a number of health problems, including anemia, bone and organ damage, infection, chronic pain, and shortened life expectancy.

June 19 is World Sickle Cell Day - an event recognized by the United Nations to raise awareness about the condition around the world. Cochrane has a number of systematic reviews assessing the available evidence for management and treatment of symptoms related to sickle cell disorders:


Vitamin D supplementation for sickle cell disease

Magnesium for treating sickle cell disease

Folate supplementation in people with sickle cell disease

Phytomedicines (medicines derived from plants) for sickle cell disease



April 10, 2020

Cochrane Complementary Medicine Satellite Field releases new narrative review

The overview, produced by a team of researchers based at the Institute for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Zurich, did not find solid evidence to recommend the use of complementary, alternative, or integrative medicine (CAM) for the treatment of COVID-19. A high number of clinical trials of Traditional Complementary Medicine, in combination with conventional medicine, are ongoing or will be started soon in China. The full overview is available here.

 

March 4, 2020

2020 WHO/Cochrane/Cornell Summer Institute for Systematic Reviews in Nutrition for Global Policy Making

Applications are now open for the 2020 WHO/Cochrane/Cornell Summer Institute for Systematic Reviews in Nutrition for Global Policy Making. This year marks the 7th anniversary of the course, with reviews completed contributing to national and international guidelines and World Health Assembly resolutions. Please share information with colleagues interested in reviews in nutrition who might be candidates for the Institute. 

More information on the course and how to apply available on the Cornell website.

 

February 14, 2020

We are delighted to announce the two awardees of the 2019 Cochrane Complementary Medicine Bursary. Each winner has received a $5000 award:

- Ginkgo biloba for tinnitus - Recipient: Emma Hargreaves, Cochrane Incontinence Group 

- Acupuncture for treating overactive bladder in adults - Recipient: Magdalena Sereda, Cochrane Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders

Find out more about the Cochrane Complementary Medicine Bursary scheme

April 1, 2019

As of April 2019, the Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field has formed an affiliation with BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine (BMC CAM). The purpose of this affiliation is to enhance the processing of systematic reviews in the BMC CAM editorial system and to ensure improved reporting of published systematic reviews in the journal. You can find out more at the BMC CAM website at https://bmccomplementalternmed.biomedcentral.com.

March 15, 2019

The Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field has developed a survey to identify the most important topics in mind-body medicine for chronic pain. If you are a consumer, a caregiver, a clinician, or a researcher with an interest in chronic pain, we want to hear from you! What therapies do you want to know more about? Where do you think we need more evidence? Find out more about this survey and how we will use your input to develop priorities for systematic review conduct and dissemination at https://cam.cochrane.org/priorities-mind-body-medicine-and-chronic-non-cancer-pain, or go directly to our online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SVRWTVM. We will post the results of our prioritization process on our website as it progresses.


January 25, 2019

There are three awardees of the 2018 Cochrane Complementary Medicine Bursary and they are preparing reviews with three different Cochrane Review Groups. Each recipient was awarded $4000 USD to support their Cochrane review(s). Read more about the awardees and their reviews here


September 30, 2018

Applications are being accepted for the 2018 Cochrane Complementary Medicine bursary. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 29, 2018. More information and the application forms can be accessed here.


September 16-18, 2018

Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field staff attended the Cochrane Colloquium in Edinburgh, Scotland, where they held the yearly meeting of the Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field. Field staff also attended the yearly meeting of Cochrane Fields, and presented an oral during the scientific conference.


April 2, 2018

We are very pleased to announce that the NIH National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health has awarded continued funding for the Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field as a resource for research in complementary medicine. The period of our new grant extends from 2018 to 2023.

January 12, 2017

Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field staff and Cochrane colleagues from the UK and Germany published a comprehensive Cochrane review on the use of yoga to treat chronic non-specific low back pain. See the review in the Cochrane Library here.

January 10, 2017

Awards have been made for the 2016 Cochrane Complementary Medicine bursary. The list of awardees can be accessed here. A call for 2017 bursary award applications will go out in September/October 2017.

October 23-27, 2016

Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field staff attended the Cochrane Colloquium in Seoul, South Korea, where they held the yearly meeting of the Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field. Field staff also attended the yearly meeting of Cochrane Fields, and presented 1 poster, 1 oral, and 1 workshop during the scientific conference. Read more about the Colloquium here, and see information about next year's Cochrane meeting here.

October 12, 2016

Applications are being accepted for the 2016 Cochrane Complementary Medicine bursary. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 29, 2016. More information and the application forms can be accessed here.

May 20, 2016

Cochrane Complementary Medicine staff and advisory board members presented a symposium on important issues in the preparation of systematic reviews of complementary medicine therapies at a Cochrane review at the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health in Las Vegas. See more about the Congress here.

December 22, 2015

The 2015 Cochrane Complementary Medicine bursary recipients are 'Acupuncture for primary hypercholesterolaemia' (Reviewer award recipient: Chi Eung Danforn Lim; Affiliated Review Group: Cochrane Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders Group) and  'Ayurvedic herbal preparations for hypercholesterolemia' (Reviewer award recipient: Dinesh Gyawali; Affiliated Review Group: Cochrane Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders Group). Each recipient was awarded USD $5,000 to support progress on their Cochrane review.

October 1, 2015

Applications are being accepted for the 2015 Cochrane Complementary Medicine bursary. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 23, 2015. More information and the application forms can be accessed here.

September 17, 2015

Cochrane Complementary Medicine staff participated in a Grand Rounds presentation on Cochrane reviews for the Research Working Group of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health. More information about the Consortium is at https://www.imconsortium.org/. 

May 13, 2015

Cochrane Complementary Medicine staff and advisory board members presented a workshop on preparing a Cochrane review at The 10th International Congress on Complementary Medicine Research (ICCMR) in Jeju, South Korea.

February 13, 2015

The 2014 Cochrane Complementary Medicine bursary recipients are 'Stimulation of the wrist acupuncture point P6 for preventing postoperative nausea and vomiting' (Reviewer award recipient: Anna Lee; Affiliated Review Group: Cochrane Anaesthesia Group) and  'Mindfulness-based stress reduction for women diagnosed with breast cancer' (Reviewer award recipient: Anna Lee; Affiliated Review Group: Cochrane Anaesthesia Group). Each recipient was awarded USD $5,000 to support progress on their Cochrane review.

A call for the 2015 bursary award applications will go out in late 2015.