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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.

We are delighted to announce the establishment of the Portuguese Branch of the Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre and the Japanese Branch of the Australasian Cochrane Centre.

The Portuguese Branch will be based out of the Faculties of Medicine at the University of Lisbon and the University of Porto. The main base of the Japanese Branch will be at the National Center for Child Health and Development (NCCHD) in Tokyo.

Tourism Quebec, the Centre des congrès de Québec, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Quebec and Québec International honored 15 members of the ambassadors Circle on 17 January 2013.

Drs France Légaré and François Rousseau, Co-Chairs of the 2013 Colloquium (along with Dr Jeremy Grimshaw) were awarded the Event of the Year award in for the 2013 International Cochrane Colloquium. The event attracted 923 participants at the Centre des congrès de Québec in September and generated tourism spending of around $1.9 million in the region.

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