• Pulmonary artery sensor had more adverse events after FDA approval

    9 days ago - By Healio

    A wireless pulmonary artery sensor had higher risk for injury and the need for device recalibration or reintervention after its FDA approval than estimated in pre-approval data, according to an analysis published in JAMA Cardiology.
    According to the researchers, the discrepancy may be due to the implantation of the device in older patients with higher baseline pulmonary artery pressures and greater burden of medical comorbidities after it was approved by the FDA compared with those from the CHAMPION trial, on which approval was based.
    Muthiah Vaduganathan, MD, MPH
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  • Corticosteroids provide pain relief for sore throat with little risk of adverse events

    9 days ago - By Healio

    Single low dose corticosteroids reduced the intensity and duration of pain in patients with sore throat without increasing their risk for serious adverse events, according to findings published in BMJ.
    “Sore throat is among the most common presenting complaints in both emergency departments and outpatient care settings.... The most common cause of sore throat is acute pharyngitis caused by self limiting viral infections. Pain management with paracetamol or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs therefore represents the mainstay of care. These drugs provide limited pain
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