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Topical treatments better than systemic antibiotics for chronically discharging ears PDF 07/2007 1
Nicotine receptor partial agonists help people stop smoking PDF 07/2007 2
Oral tetracyclines are effective for acne vulgaris PDF 07/2007 3
Local oestrogen a treatment option for vaginal atrophy PDF 07/2007 4
Cognitive behavioural therapy for tinnitus improves quality of life PDF 07/2007 5
Short term cardioselective beta-blocker use safe in COPD PDF 07/2007 6
Anticholinergics effective for overactive bladder syndrome 07/2007 7
Colchicine is a second line therapy for acute gout PDF 07/2007 8
Is routine therapeutic monitoring of antiepileptic drugs for newly diagnosed patients necessary? PDF 07/2007 9
Oral erythromycin may be effective in treating the symptoms of pityriasis rosea PDF 08/2007 10
Glue may be better than stitches, staples or adhesive tape for simple cuts PDF 08/2007 11
Evidence lacking on Chinese medicinal herb treatment for the common cold PDF 07/2007 12
Brief alcohol interventions are effective in reducing hazardous or harmful drinking in men PDF 09/2007 13
Oral steroids are effective short term treatment for adhesive capsulitis PDF 09/2007 14
Evidence lacking on treatment options for vaginal bleeding irregularities induced by progestin-only contraceptives PDF 08/2007 15
Organised systems of regular follow-up and review can improve blood pressure control PDF 09/2007 16
Effectiveness of prolotherapy injections for chronic low-back pain uncertain PDF 05/2007 17
Bupropion and nortriptyline aid long-term smoking cessation but selective serotonin uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) do not PDF 03/2007 18
Low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the best treatment for superficial thrombophlebitis (ST) PDF 03/2007 19
Response rates to postal questionnaires can be increased PDF 05/2007 20
Local corticosteroid injections for carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) PDF 05/2007 21
Contracts between patients and healthcare practitioners for improving patients' adherence to treatment, prevention and health promotion activities PDF 10/2007 22
Surgical discectomy can benefit some patients PDF 05/2007 23
Psychological therapy based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) principles is effective in reducing anxiety symptoms for short-term treatment of generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) PDF 03/2007 24
Vitamin C supplementation may have preventive effects in populations with a high incidence of pneumonia, and may have therapeutic effects in populations with low plasma vitamin C levels PDF 03/2007 25
Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm PDF 10/2007 26
Proton pump inhibitors (PPPIs) most effective treatment for oesophagitis PDF 05/2007 27
School feeding programs may have some small benefits for disadvantaged children PDF 03/2007 28
Antibiotics appear to have no benefit in treating acute laryngitis in adults PDF 04/2007 29
Antihistamines and/or decongestants not recommended in children with otitis media with effusion PDF 03/2007 30
Stop using beta-blockers as first-line treatment for hypertension PDF 03/2007 32
Nasal saline irrigations effective for chronic rhinosinusitis symptoms PDF 09/2007 33
Prophylactic antibiotics in mammalian bites may prevent wound infection PDF 07/2007 34
Skin grafting effective for venous leg ulcers PDF 05/2007 35
Autoinflation for otitis media with effusion helpful in the short term PDF 11/2007 36
Personalised risk communication may have a small effect on increasing uptake of screening tests PDF 11/2007 37
Aquatic exercise beneficial in knee and hip osteoarthritis PDF 11/2007 38
Stimulating the involvement of older patients in their primary care may enhance their health PDF 01/2008 39
Exercise improves balance in older people PDF 11/2007 40
Ginkgo biloba is probably not of benefit for cognitive impairment and dementia PDF 01/2008 41
Insoles do not prevent back pain PDF 02/2008 42
Antidepressants are effective for neuropathic pain PDF 02/2008 43
Chinese herbal medicine promising for menstrual pain PDF 02/2008 44
Topical pimecrolimus is less effective for treating eczema than moderate and potent corticosteroids and tacrolimus PDF 02/2008 45
Regular inhaled corticosteroids reduce exercise-induced asthma PDF 09/2007 46
Limited benefits from shared care in chronic disease management PDF 11/2007 47
Antibiotics of limited use for most people with sore throats PDF 11/2007 48
Antibiotics or ‘watch and wait’ for acute otitis media PDF 11/2007 49

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