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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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Ticagrelor for prevention after myocardial infarction: added benefit called into question by data subsequently submitted

2016-09-15 New analyses increased consistency and certainty of conclusions of the results on harmful aspects. Non-severe but clinically relevant bleeding also occurred more frequently under ticagrelor.  read more Link to "Ticagrelor for prevention after myocardial infarction: added benefit called into question by data subsequently submitted"

Talimogene laherparepvec in melanoma: added benefit not proven

2016-09-15 The data from the only study cited by the drug manufacturer in its dossier were unsuitable for the assessment.  read more Link to "Talimogene laherparepvec in melanoma: added benefit not proven"

Selexipag in pulmonary arterial hypertension: added benefit not proven

2016-09-15 The data in the dossier were unsuitable to show an added benefit: Comparator therapy and division of the population were inadequate.  read more Link to "Selexipag in pulmonary arterial hypertension: added benefit not proven"

Nivolumab plus ipilimumab in melanoma: added benefit in certain patients

2016-09-15 Treatment-naive patients with BRAF V600 mutation-negative tumour survive longer. This advantage depends on sex, however. And severe side effects are more common.  read more Link to "Nivolumab plus ipilimumab in melanoma: added benefit in certain patients"

IQWiG Autumn Symposium 2016: programme is now online

2016-09-06 This year's event held in Cologne in November will address the questions of what causes clinical studies to fail in Germany and what contributes to their success. Registration is now open.  read more Link to "IQWiG Autumn Symposium 2016: programme is now online"

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N16-02 Telemonitoring using active cardiac implantable devices in ventricular tachyarrhythmia and heart failure on the report plan 2016-10-14

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What do ear examinations involve?

Your doctor may recommend an ear examination, if you have sudden or gradual hearing loss, ringing in your ears (tinnitus), earache, dizziness or if they think you might have a middle ear infection. Also, if a fluid comes out of your ear or if you have injured your lower jaw. Read about what types of ear examination there are.  read more (Link to "What do ear examinations involve?" – opens in a new window)

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