Monthly Archives: December 2016

A call for cluster randomized cross-over trial reporting guidelines


When asking a research question, you need to ensure the trial design you choose is the most appropriate for that particular question. All have particular benefits and pitfalls that need to be considered and addressed when it comes to reporting. The cluster randomized cross-over trial is one of these potential choices and here, Sarah Arnup and Joanne McKenzie discuss their research into the reporting of this trial design, published today in Trials, and highlight the need for a CONSORT extension.

Medical Evidence Medicine

Wise to go nuts?


A systematic review and meta-analysis published today in BMC Medicine reports that higher nut consumption is associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease, all-cause mortality and mortality from cancer, respiratory disease, diabetes, and infections. Here, Agneta Åkesson and Carolina Donat-Vargas discuss the broader context of these results. Please be aware that some of the references in this blog require a subscription to read the full text.