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The purpose and procedure section in each issue of Evidence-Based Medicine describes the criteria for selecting articles for inclusion. The journals read are listed at All articles that meet our criteria in the reviewed journals are cited in Evidence-Based Medicine, but there is not enough space to abstract them all. The following articles passed all criteria but were not abstracted. Practising clinicians rated them for clinical relevance and newsworthiness, and the mean scores are displayed. A fuller list of articles and a sample of the rating form are available on the Evidence-Based Medicine website (


Atkinson M, Lakhanpaul M, Smyth A, et al. Comparison of oral amoxicillin and intravenous benzyl penicillin for community acquired pneumonia in children (PIVOT trial): a multicentre pragmatic randomised controlled equivalence trial. Thorax 2007;62:1102–6.

Respirology 5/7; Paediatrics 6/7; Paediatric hospital medicine 6/7

Bentham P, Gray R, Sellwood E, et al. Aspirin in Alzheimer’s disease (AD2000): a randomised open-label trial. Lancet Neurol 2008;7:41–9.

GP/FP/Primary care 6/7; Psychiatry 6/7

Berger JS, Brown DL, Becker RC. Low-dose aspirin in patients with stable cardiovascular disease: a meta-analysis. Am J Med 2008;121:43–9.

GP/FP/Primary care 6/7

Bolt P, Barnett P, Babl FE, et al. Topical lignocaine for pain relief in acute otitis media: results of a double-blind placebo-controlled randomised trial. Arch Dis Child 2008;93:40–4.

Emergency medicine 6/7; Paediatrics 6/7; Paediatric emergency medicine 6/7

Chalk C, Benstead TJ, Moore F. Aldose reductase inhibitors for the treatment of diabetic polyneuropathy. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2007;(4):CD004572.

Neurology 5/7

Chen HS, Wu TE, Jap TS, et al. Improvement of glycaemia control in subjects …

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