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Darolutamide in prostate cancer: indication of considerable added benefit

2020-08-03 The advantages in the outcome categories of mortality, morbidity and health-related quality of life are not accompanied by disadvantages.

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Network meta-analyses: no compensation for weak evidence

2020-07-07 Numerous biologics for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis have been available for several years. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the individual drugs in combination with methotrexate c…

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Diabetic nephropathy: Study results on proteomic analysis do not show benefit

2020-07-06 First study on a treatment strategy using a proteomic analysis does not clarify which therapeutic consequence of the test could offer a benefit for people with diabetes and high blood pressure.

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Ceftolozane/tazobactam: new treatment option for severe infections, but no proof of superiority

2020-07-01 New antibiotic broadens the treatment options for severe infections and resistances. However, there is no evidence of advantages or disadvantages in comparison with other antibiotics.

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Non-invasive diagnostic procedures for suspected CHD: search reveals informative evidence

2020-06-30 Informative study results are available on diagnostic procedures using computed tomography angiography (CTA) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for suspected coronary heart disease (CHD).

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Rapid EUnetHTA assessment on coronavirus diagnostics supported by IQWiG

2020-06-24 Antibody tests can detect a past infection with SARS Corona virus. However, the test result is not sufficient to detect immunity or to exclude infectivity.

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Amyloid PET could help patients with dementia of unknown cause: a study now aims to clarify this

2020-06-15 If PET can better distinguish between Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, this might allow more precise drug administration and longer maintenance of independence.

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Romosozumab in osteoporosis: considerable added benefit for women after menopause

2020-06-15 Treatment leads to fewer vertebral fractures and to fewer other typical fractures in postmenopausal women with severe osteoporosis at high risk of fracture.

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New study filters to search for non-randomized studies in PubMed and Medline

2020-06-05 Study filters consist of a defined combination of search terms to pre-select references with a specific study design as accurately as possible. Controlled NRS are presented very differently in databas…

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Ribociclib in breast cancer: added benefit for certain women after menopause

2020-06-02 In 2017 and 2019, the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care ( IQWiG ) had already examined the advantages and disadvantages of ribociclib in combination with an aromatase inhibito…

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Dislocated kneecap

When a kneecap is dislocated, it comes out of the groove that it normally fits into. This is painful and may look frightening. It mainly happens during sports. Conservative treatment is typically used if it’s the first time. Surgery is considered if it happens again.   read more (Link to \Dislocated kneecap\"" ‚Äì opens in a new window)


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