It’s publication day for Issue 9 of The Cochrane Library for 2011.
The Cochrane Oral Health Group has published one review update. A new search has been carried out and the conclusions changed as a result.
Interventions for the treatment of oral and oropharyngeal cancers: surgical treatment, a review update by Alyson Bessell, Anne-Marie Glenny, Susan Furness, Jan E. Clarkson, Richard Oliver, David I. Conway, Michaelina Macluskey, Sue Pavitt, Philip Sloan and Helen V. Worthington
The objective of this review is to determine which surgical treatment modalities for cancers of the oral cavity and oropharynx result in increased overall survival, disease free survival, progression free survival and reduced recurrence. Among the findings of the review were that early neck surgery reduces the recurrence of the cancer, and that studies have not shown that surgery to remove the lymph nodes in the neck, which appear to be cancer-free, at the same time as the cancer is removed is associated with longer survival.
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Other new Cochrane reviews this month include:
Single dose oral analgesics for acute postoperative pain in adults (including podcast)
Home fortification of foods with multiple micronutrient powders for health and nutrition in children under two years of age (including podcast)
Reminder packaging for improving adherence to self-administered long-term medications (including podcast)
Reduced or modified dietary fat for preventing cardiovascular disease (including podcast and journal club materials)
The effect of financial incentives on the quality of health care provided by primary care physicians
Antiemetics for reducing vomiting related to acute gastroenteritis in children and adolescents (including podcast)
Virtual reality for stroke rehabilitation
Probiotics for preventing acute upper respiratory tract infections
Issue 9 also features an editorial on the landmark publication of an authoritative Cochrane overview of systematic reviews of oral analgesics for acute post-operative pain in adults.