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New podcast on the use of oscillating devices in cystic fibrosis

oscillating device

One of our cystic fibrosis editors, Lisa Morrison, has recorded a podcast presenting the findings of her recently updated review 'Oscillating devices for airway clearance in people with cystic fibrosis'. People with cystic fibrosis have too much sticky mucus in their lungs which can lead to constant infection and inflammation. This damages their airways and worsens lung function over time. Chest physiotherapy is used to clear the mucus from the lungs, but there are several types of physiotherapy available. The review (35 studies with over 1000 participants) compares oscillating devices to other methods of airway clearance, including other mechanical devices, manual techniques and breathing techniques. You can listen to the podcast here.

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Latest output published on The Cochrane Library

On Issue 9, 2017 of The Cochrane Library we have published a total of 165 reviews and 27 protocols. There are also 20 registered titles currently progressing to protocol status. The production of these reviews involves a network of over 1000 contributors (authors, consumers and referees) throughout the world. We very much welcome interest from new consumers, referees and potential reviewers. Further information can be obtained by contacting the group