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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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Secukinumab and ixekizumab in psoriasis: considerable added benefit for certain patients

2017-06-01 There were notably more remissions than under the comparator therapies. In future, the analysis of symptoms should not be limited to improvements at one time point.  read more Link to "Secukinumab and ixekizumab in psoriasis: considerable added benefit for certain patients"

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"

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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N17-02 Allogeneic stem cell transplantation in aggressive B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma and in T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma on the report plan 2017-07-18

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Abdominal aortic aneurysm

An abdominal aortic aneurysm may arise if the wall of the aorta becomes less elastic, for example due to the normal aging process, smoking or high blood pressure. Abdominal aortic aneurysms are more common in men than in women. Most remain harmless.  read more (Link to " Abdominal aortic aneurysm" – opens in a new window)

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