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As an independent scientific institute, IQWiG examines the benefits and harms of medical interventions for patients. We provide information about the advantages and disadvantages of examination and treatment methods in the form of scientific reports and easily understandable health information.

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Pembrolizumab in non-small cell lung cancer: hint of considerable added benefit

2017-05-15 Good study design allows identification of the relevant subpopulation, in which prolonged overall survival notably outweighs disadvantages in some side effects.  read more Link to "Pembrolizumab in non-small cell lung cancer: hint of considerable added benefit"

IQWiG in Dialogue 2017: programme is now online

2017-04-24 The first IQWiG methods paper (version 1.0) was published on March 1, 2005. Since then the IQWiG methods have been regularly updated. Version 5.0 is planned to be published in July 2017. A number o… read more Link to "IQWiG in Dialogue 2017: programme is now online"

High-risk medical devices: IQWiG sees no potential in 6 of 8 cases

2017-03-17 Only case series without informative value are available for most indications. A plausible mode of action is insufficient to attribute a potential.  read more Link to "High-risk medical devices: IQWiG sees no potential in 6 of 8 cases"

MRI-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound therapy for uterine fibroids has potential

2017-03-13 IQWiG has attributed a potential for a benefit to a new treatment method according to §137e SGB V. A testing study has been initiated. Numerous other assessments had no consequences.  read more Link to "MRI-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound therapy for uterine fibroids has potential"

Tonsillotomy: fewer adverse effects in the short term, but renewed inflammation and surgery possible

2017-03-03 In the short term, tonsillotomy is associated with less pain, as well as fewer swallowing and sleeping problems, than tonsillectomy. But regrowing tissue can lead to renewed inflammation.  read more Link to "Tonsillotomy: fewer adverse effects in the short term, but renewed inflammation and surgery possible"

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