NGC Update Service: May 5, 2014

National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC)

May 5, 2014


New This Week

Guideline Synthesis

Guideline Summaries

American College of Radiology

Work Loss Data Institute

Announcements

NGC Spotlight

New research review added! Visit the AHRQ Evidence Reports page for a listing of reports produced under AHRQ's Evidence-based Practice Program and Effective Health Care Program.

Revised Inclusion Criteria

NGC has revised its Inclusion Criteria! Visit our updated Inclusion Criteria page to see the new criteria and send us your comments.

Health Awareness Topics - May 2014

Conference News

  • The Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) Conference 2014, will be held August 20-23 in Melbourne, Australia. This year's theme is "Creation and Innovation: Guidelines in the Digital Age." Registration is now open.
  • The Guidelines International Network North America (G-I-N NA) continues to sponsor a monthly webinar series on topics of interest to the North American guideline community. Information on upcoming webinars, as well as audio files and slides from past webinars, is available on the G-I-N Web site.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory

  • April 23, 2014: Epidural Corticosteroid Injection: FDA is warning that injection of corticosteroids into the epidural space of the spine may result in rare but serious adverse events, including loss of vision, stroke, paralysis, and death. The injections are given to treat neck and back pain, and radiating pain in the arms and legs. The effectiveness and safety of epidural administration of corticosteroids have not been established, and FDA has not approved corticosteroids for this use. FDA is requiring the addition of a Warning to the drug labels of injectable corticosteroids to describe these risks.

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