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April 2011
Bringing you the latest news, features and guidance from NICE
New guidance
 
 

Women should be offered a blood test for ovarian cancer

 
 

Women who present to their GP with symptoms of ovarian cancer should be offered a simple blood test in an attempt to diagnose the "silent killer" early on and ensure that they are referred to hospital specialists sooner and begin treatment earlier, says NICE.

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Romiplostim recommended for the treatment of rare blood disorder

 
 

NICE has recommended the use of romiplostim for the treatment of patients with severe, chronic immune thrombocytopenic purpura, a rare bleeding disorder in which the immune system destroys the blood platelets needed for normal blood clotting.

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Also this month
 
 

NHS could save 500 million by cutting out ineffective treatments

The NHS could free up 500 million a year to spend on better care for patients by carrying out fewer ineffective or inefficient treatments, a report by the Audit Commission suggests. Many PCTs highlighted NICE as the “ideal body to champion decommissioning and to provide a single evidence base” to help achieve the cost savings.

 
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NHS trusts failing to tackle staff obesity, audit reveals

Just 15 per cent of NHS trusts have a policy or plan to help tackle staff obesity, a report by the Royal College of Physicians and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine has revealed.

The findings come from the first national audit within the NHS of NICE public health guidance for the workplace, which involved almost 900,000 employees from 282 trusts across England.

 
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Into practice
 
 

New primary care tools to help you implement our anxiety guidance

Two new tools to help people working in primary care implement our guidance on generalised anxiety disorder (GAD).

Clinical case scenarios - case studies that can be used as a basis for discussions on how the recommendations should be applied in practice.

 

Guide to resources for service users - a summary of the online resources that are available to help service users with GAD.

 

 
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New guidance
 
 

NICE and NHS Evidence are carrying out a joint consultation with SCIE to find out about social care information needs. We are looking to conduct 30 minute telephone interviews with social care professionals and health care professionals involved with social care.

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A review is being undertaken to decide whether the clinical guideline for the management of pressure ulcers in primary and secondary care(CG29) should be updated, six years on from when the guideline was published. Let us know by the 9th May if the guideline needs to be updated.

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