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  • This review assessed the effects of music therapy, or music therapy added to standard care, for autistic people.The review authors included 26 studies (16 new to this update) with 1165 participants. More than half of the studies were conducted in North America or Asia and most (21 studies) included children aged two to 12 years old. The studies...
    May 18 2022
  • This review sought to assess the effect of double‐fortified salt (DFS) compared to iodised salt (IS) on measures of iron and iodine status in all age groups.The review authors included 18 studies (7 randomised controlled trials (RCTs), 7 cluster-RCTs, 4 controlled before and after (CBA) studies), involving over 8800 individuals from five...
    May 13 2022
  • This is a protocol for a new Cochrane Review (intervention). The primary objective is to assess the comparative efficacy of atypical antipsychotics for irritability through network meta‐analysis in children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The secondary objective is to assess the safety and efficacy of atypical antipsychotics...
    May 4 2022
  • This review sought to assess the effects of vitamin A supplementation (VAS) for preventing morbidity and mortality in children aged six months to five years. It was last published in 2017 and was updated in March 2022. No new studies are included in the updated version of the review. In the last version, the review authors included 47 studies...
    March 28 2022
  • This review sought to assess the beneficial and harmful effects of extended-release formulations of methylphenidate in adults diagnosed with ADHD.The review authors included 24 randomised controlled trials (RCTs), 21 of which were conducted in an outpatient setting and 3 in prisons, mostly in North America and Europe. A total of 5066 participants...
    February 28 2022
  • This new intervention review assessed the effects of the provision of folic acid through fortified foods or supplements, alone or plus other nutrients, in lessening the burden of arsenic-related health outcomes and reducing arsenic toxicity in arsenic-exposed populations.ResultsThe review included two randomised controlled trials (RCTs), involving...
    October 19 2021
  • This is a new protocol for a Cochrane Review (intervention). The objective is to assess how digital serious games affect emotion regulation skills in people with autism. Read it here on the Cochrane Library. Photo by Nassim All on Unsplash.
    October 14 2021
  • We have recently learned that the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funding to Cochrane Review Groups will cease from April 2023. Our funder, the Northern Ireland Public Health Agency (PHA), is following suit.CDPLP has benefitted from many years of stable funding from first the NIHR and – since 2008 - the PHA. We have been blessed with...
    October 12 2021
  • This new overview of reviews summarised the evidence from systematic reviews regarding the benefits or harms of nutrition-specific interventions for preventing and controlling anaemia in anaemic or non-anaemic, apparently healthy populations throughout the life cycle.The review included 75 systematic reviews. Of these, 33 provided GRADE...
    September 29 2021
  • This new review assessed the immediate and long-term effects of non-pharmacological interventions for stuttering on speech outcomes, communication attitudes, quality of life and potential adverse effects in children aged six years and younger.The review authors included four studies involving 151 participants aged between two and six years. All...
    September 21 2021

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