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The Canadian Cochrane Centre is starting a new blog which will feature a contribution from a different person/group each month. Do you have a burning desire to voice your opinion on a health-related issue? Has something happened in the world of health that you think deserves some attention? We’d love to hear from you about items like this and more! Contact the editor, Lori Tarbett, at ltarbett@ohri.ca with your ideas. Anyone is welcome to contribute.

We would like to introduce you to our Partner Resource Menu. We have a resource for just about any Cochrane need. Visit the Resource Menu where you will find a variety of tools ranging from Cochrane Review evidence to online learning opportunities.   

The Globe and Mail published an article on 18 February 2014 about salt intake in which the author, John Sloan, a practicing family physician and a clinical professor, writes, “The world-famous evidence evaluator, the Cochrane Collaboration, has done the two best meta-analyses on the subject.”

Sloan concludes, “The scientific bottom line is clear: cutting back salt has not been shown to make any real difference to health outcomes. Could it be time to bring back the salt shaker to the table?”

Writing in the journal Nature, two leaders of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) have commended the clinical trials community for taking “important steps towards adopting standard reporting elements” developed by Dr David Moher and his colleagues (called the CONSORT statement). The commentary, written by Drs Francis Collins and Lawrence Tabak, outlines the NIH’s efforts to enhance the reproducibility of preclinical research.

The National Eating Disorder Information Centre has recently refreshed its Cochrane Corner. Cochrane Corners are spaces on a partner’s website dedicated to Cochrane and Cochrane Reviews. Our Knowledge Broker, Eileen Vilis, researches new Cochrane Reviews relevant to partner organizations for posting on their Cochrane Corner and/or distribution to their members.

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