Category: Meta-analysis

Mar 07

Cardiovascular safety of NSAIDs

Trelle S, et al. Cardiovascular safety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: network meta-analysis. BMJ 2011; 342:c7086
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) appear to be associated with increased cardiovascular risks.

Feb 16

Daily aspirin on long-term risk of death due to cancer

Rothwell PM, et al. Effect of daily aspirin on long-term risk of death due to cancer: analysis of individual patient data from randomised trials. Lancet 2011; 377(9759): 31-41
Daily aspirin (≥ 75 mg) taken by participants in cardiovascular studies reduced the risk of cancer death.

Feb 09

Antihypertensive drugs and the risk of cancer

Bangalore S, et al. Antihypertensive drugs and risk of cancer: network meta-analyses and trial sequential analyses of 324,168 participants from randomised trials. Lancet Oncol (2010)
Antihypertensive drugs do not appear to increase cancer risk or cancer-related deaths.

Jan 28

Glucosamine and/or chondroitin for osteoarthritis

Wandel S, et al. Effects of glucosamine, chondroitin, or placebo in patients with osteoarthritis of hip or knee: network meta-analysis. BMJ 2010;341:c4675
Glucosamine, chondroitin and their combination do not improve pain or reduce joint space loss in osteoarthritis of the hip or knee.

Jan 24

Drug company information and physicians’ prescribing

Spurling GK, et al. Information from pharmaceutical companies and the quality, quantity and cost of physicians’ prescribing: a systematic review. PLoS Med, 2010; 7(10)
Exposure does not improve prescribing quality, reduce prescribing frequency or reduce prescribing costs.

Jan 19

Reboxetine for acute treatment of major depression

Eyding D, et al. Reboxetine for acute treatment of major depression: systematic review and meta-analysis of published and unpublished placebo and SSRI. BMJ 2010;341:c4737
Reboxetine is no more effective than placebo for major depressive disorder.

Jan 10

Tricyclic antidepressants and headaches

Jackson JL, et al. Tricyclic antidepressants and headaches: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ 2010;341:c5222
Tricyclic antidepressants are possibly/probably effective in reducing the frequency and intensity of migraine and tension-type headaches.

Jan 05

Subclinical hypothyroidism and coronary heart disease

Rondondi N, et al. Subclinical hypothyroidism and the risk of coronary heart disease and mortality. JAMA. 2010;304(12):1365-1374.
Subclinical hypothyroidism (elevated TSH with normal thyroxine levels) is associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) events and mortality.