August 8, 2020
We’re very pleased to welcome Cochrane Complementary Medicine Korea as our newest Satellite Group. Cochrane Complementary Medicine Korea is based at the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine (KIOM)(https://www.kiom.re.kr/eng/), in Daejeon, Korea. KIOM is a unique Korean government-funded institute for the development and promotion of the evidence base for traditional Korean medicine and is a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Traditional Medicine. Cochrane Complementary Medicine Korea collaborates with the local Korean Cochrane Centre (Cochrane Korea) and also the regional Centre (Cochrane Australia). Their primary activities for Cochrane include the translation of Cochrane reviews (mainly for plain language summaries), the contribution of controlled trials of Korean medicine to the Cochrane Library Cochrane Controlled Register of Trials (CENTRAL), and supporting dissemination of evidence from Cochrane reviews through regional communications channels.
In other news, from March 2020, Cochrane Complementary Medicine China has become an official Cochrane China Affiliate, with two working groups based at the Centre for Evidence-Based Chinese Medicine. One is the Cochrane Translation & Dissemination Working group, and the other is the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Working Group. The Centre for Evidence-Based Chinese Medicine has also recently been approved as the Beijing GRADE Centre with the GRADE Working Group, and has had a publication relevant to Covid-19 research listed as a "Must Read" paper by the WHO.
Cochrane Complementary Medicine Switzerland is pleased to welcome two new members: Yuqian Yan (MD, MS) is a physician specialized in acupuncture and internal medicine and PhD student; and Jesús López-Alcalde (MD, MPH), a physician specializing in Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health. Cochrane Complementary Medicine Switzerland has contributed during the COVID-19 pandemic by summarizing the current state of research about Chinese Herbal Medicines (CHM) for the treatment of COVID-19. The article is available here: doi.org/10.1089/acm.2020.0189.
Hot flashes are a frequent and unwelcome symptom experienced by patients with breast and prostate cancer. In a new systematic review and network meta-analysis published in Oncology Nursing Forum, a team of colleagues based in Canada and the US looked at the available evidence for a range of management interventions, including complementary, pharmacological, psychotherapy, and physical interventions. Most of the interventions reviewed are associated with few trials of limited sample size, and mainly compared with no treatment. While many interventions show some benefit in terms of effects on hot flash symptoms, there was virtually no strong support for important differences between interventions of any type, and more research is needed.
July 22, 2020
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.
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:
June 19, 2020
Cochrane 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
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.