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

NICE warns against the use of alternative testing for food allergy in children

 
 

Children are being placed on restrictive and dangerous diets as parents look to the internet and the high street for alternative tests to diagnose food allergy, NICE warns. Instead, GPs should diagnose food allergy using either skin prick testing or by taking a blood test for IgE antibodies.

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New guidance to help tackle alcohol problems

 
 

Just 6 per cent of people in England who have an alcohol problem are receiving treatment for it, as NICE calls for screening and better access to alcohol withdrawal services. This new guideline outlines how the NHS should diagnose, assess and treat alcohol dependence.

 

 

 

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NICE launches helpful new online resource for general practice

NICE has launched a new section of its website, designed especially to help staff in general practice get the most out of evidence and guidance provided by NICE.  Specifically created to support the use of evidence-based medicine and public health practice, this new online resource offers solutions to enable the uptake of NICE and other national guidance in primary care.

 

 
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NICE gives evidence on the Health and Social Care Bill

The health and social care system in England is being significantly reformed to put patients at the heart of the health and care service, giving them greater control over their health. Earlier this month, Sir Andrew Dillon, Chief Executive of NICE, gave evidence to the Public Bill Committee, as part of the committee stage of the Bill's progress through the House of Commons.

 

 

 

 
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Into practice
 
 

Helping local authorities keep children safe from unintentional injuries

NICE has produced two new tools to support the recently published guidance on preventing unintentional injuries in children and young people under 15.

 

The two tools – key facts for local councillors and ten questions to ask if you are scrutinising local action on preventing unintentional injuries -  will help to put NICE’s recommendations into practice.

 

 

 
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New guidance
 
 

Earlier this month NICE published draft guidelines on improving donor identification and consent rates for deceased organ donation. Do you agree with the draft recommendations? Let us know your views by the 16th March.

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Have your say on the development of a clinical practice guideline on multiple pregnancy: the management of twin and triplet pregnancies in the antenatal period. Registered stakeholders have until the 6th April to comment on this guideline.

 

 

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