Betsy Anagnostelis

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OBJECTIVES Evaluate whether weight-loss diets are more effective than regular diets or other antihypertensive therapies in controlling blood pressure and preventing morbidity and mortality in hypertensive adults. SEARCH STRATEGY MEDLINE and The Cochrane Library were searched through November 1997. Trials known to experts in the field were included through(More)
Julian P. T. Higgins, Julian Little, John P. A. Ioannidis, Molly S. Bray, Teri A. Manolio, Liam Smeeth, Jonathan A. Sterne, Betsy Anagnostelis, Adam S. Butterworth, John Danesh, Carol Dezateux, John E. Gallacher, Marta Gwinn, Sarah J. Lewis, Cosetta Minelli, Paul D. Pharoah, Georgia Salanti, Simon Sanderson, Lesley A. Smith, Emanuela Taioli, John R.(More)
BACKGROUND Because meta-analyses are increasingly prevalent and cited in the medical literature, it is important that tools are available to assess their methodological quality. When performing an empirical study of the quality of published meta-analyses, we found that existing tools did not place a strong emphasis on statistical and interpretational(More)
CONTEXT Meta-analyses are regularly used to inform healthcare decisions. Concerns have been expressed about the quality of meta-analyses and, in particular, about those supported by the pharmaceutical industry. OBJECTIVE The objective of this study is to compare the quality of pharmaceutical-industry-supported meta-analyses with academic meta-analyses and(More)
BACKGROUND As early as the 1920's, researchers noted a relationship between caloric restriction, weight loss and a decreased incidence of hypertension (Terry 1922, Preble 1923, Bauman 1928, Master 1929). In 1988 a meta-analysis of aggregate data from 12 prospective studies, including 5 randomized controlled trials (RCTs), found that on average each 1(More)
The column provided brief communications on developments across a wide spectrum of interests and ran until March 1998. By 1997 the column Innovations on the Internet had been established, a series ‘highlighting innovative projects and initiatives originating in the UK health and medical library and information community’. 2 By 2000 the column had been(More)
1. BACKGROUND Increasing financial constraints on most academic institutions have resulted in less face-to-face teaching and introducing a greater need for electronic resources either using web based software packages, e-books or videos [1]. The introduction of electronic learning services has provided alternative learning methods for medical students. With(More)
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