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David A A review team appointed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to analyze the safety and efficacy of EHF01 earplugs suggest they are an effective alternative to hearing aids, while the device offers protection against incidental noise exposures that can result in hearing loss.
A panel led by Commissioner Scott Gottlieb was unable to reach consensus about this year’s Heart Rhythm Society annual meeting. Despite shifting priorities, the meeting was in good hands, thanks to lead sponsor Philips Medical Systems. Attendees, however, disagreed about the discussions themselves. There were scenes of anxiety and confusion when in May a panel discussing a landmark evidence-based report titled: Physician-Patient Determinations on Treatment of Hyperthyroidism failed to reach consensus. Data presented at both the 2017 and 2018 heart conference demonstrate that participants continue to exhibit clinical mismatches between ECG electrodes and their discharge points.
A study on the effectiveness of a multi-pronged scoring system for post-operative evaluations, designed to minimize inappropriate care. The researchers concluded that this approach is “implemented as an empirically supported and as a demonstration of cost-effective care”. The team of researchers developed the scoring system to assess conditions, ultimately resulting in the knowledge of what could be done to improve the patient experience. They tested it in a range of patients at facilities across the United States and concluded that it was clear that the scores used in the evaluation process offer clinicians “robust and actionable information”.
One in three study participants had difficulties monitoring their blood pressure, but only 6% stopped medication for a failed test, according to a recent analysis of best practice among the US’s medical centres. The largest study to date, designed to investigate the safety of blood pressure monitoring in medical centers, found that the method of monitoring is not effective when an appropriate, valid, easy to follow routine is not followed. Only 6% of participants stopped medication for a failed reading. Almost half of the patients who did manage to stay on the treatment reports had a response and their blood pressure was lowered over time.