Monthly Archives: November 2010

Novel treatment for sudden sensorineural hearing loss

Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL) is a common condition in which hearing is lost unilaterally within a three day period. About 40,000 people are affected each year in the United States alone, and most commonly affects those between 30-60 years of age. While SSHL is generally unknown in cause and is estimated to have a… Read more »


How large are the non-specific effects of acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a common therapeutic intervention for a range of illnesses from migraines to infertility. However, while it is a popular form of therapy, it has been difficult to know whether or not acupuncture actually works, due to the variety of indications it is used for, but also the nature of research trials thus far…. Read more »


Management strategies for pregnancy

Pregnancy and childbirth are intensely studied with the hope of improving the health and wellbeing of both mother and child.  The physician’s first priority is to ensure the health of the mother during pregnancy, so procedures such as Caesarean sections should be undertaken only when an assessment has been carried out on the relative risks… Read more »


Trials launches article series on ‘Sharing clinical research data’

Last month evidence for the effectiveness of another widely-prescribed drug was found wanting after sleuthing researchers gathered unpublished data to include in a systematic review and meta-analysis – a staggering 74% of patient data was not previously published. The grave consequences of, and motivations for, distortions of clinical evidence are many – and widely discussed… Read more »

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