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Issue 2 | December 2015

We wish you a very Happy Year 2016! 


New contact details!

Our old email accounts will close by the end of 2015 - please contact us via our current email address

Top tip

It's a mandatory requirement to include a Summary of Findings table and a GRADE assessment of the quality of the evidence in your review. 

Cochrane provides access to
online training modules for registered authors. 

We notice a common error across many of our reviews. As a general approach, authors should use GRADE ratings and summary of findings (SoF) tables to inform their review abstract, Plain Language Summary (PLS), Effects of interventions, Discussion (especially quality of evidence) and conclusions.


Dissemination of our reviews

We closely collaborate with Heart (BMJ) and have a number of Cochrane Corners published each year. The two most recent ones are: 

Cardiac rehabilitation for people with heart disease

What are the effects of reducing saturated fat intake on cardiovascular disease and mortality?

See the full list in this special collection of Heart here

We also collaborate with Global Heart and JAMA. We encourage co-publications of our reviews in other journals to reach a wider audience. 17% of our reviews published in 2014 and up to now in 2015 have been co-published. 

New publications

Recently published reviews

Omega 6 fatty acids for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease

Implantable defibrillators versus medical therapy for cardiac channelopathies

Fibrates for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease and stroke

Recently published updates

Aminophylline for bradyasystolic cardiac arrest in adults
Upcoming reviews

Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation for coronary heart disease (review update)

Amiodarone versus other pharmacological interventions for prevention of sudden cardiac death (new review)

Nurse-led titration of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors, beta-adrenergic blocking agents, and angiotensin receptor blockers for people with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (new review)

Dietary fibre for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (new review)


Jonathan Nyong, the Group's systematic review specialist. 

We are delighted to welcome Jonathan (MBBS, MPH and MSc Health Policy Planning and Financing) to our editorial team! He joined our Group in July 2015. He was eager to work for such a 'prestigious organisation as Cochrane' and to contribute to the 'high quality systematic reviews' he often referred to in his previous work for the UK guideline maker NICE. 

Jonathan is our expert in Summary of Findings table and GRADE.

News from our Satellite Group

The Cochrane Heart Group US Satellite is preparing for its anniversary/year-end review on December 10 2015, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm.  The meeting will be held in the Stamler conference room in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  The meeting will cover topics such as: how to become a Cochrane author; how the Galter Health Sciences Library can help authors; informatics and crowdsourcing for better reviews; open data; the future of systematic reviews; and the role of evidence synthesis for knowledge translation by Northwestern's senior associate dean of clinical and translation science, Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones.  If you are interested in attending, please email
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