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

Greater support for GPs to help diagnose common mental health disorders

 
 

GPs will be given greater support to help diagnose patients with common mental health disorders like anxiety and depression and ensure that they are offered the right treatment, following latest NICE guidance.

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Green light for peripheral arterial disease drug

 
 

NICE has approved the use of the vasodilator drug naftidrofuryl oxalate for people with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), in final guidance out today. Treatment should be started with the cheaper generic version of the drug.

 

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NICE outlines ways to prevent type 2 diabetes

Cost-effective physical activity, dietary and weight management interventions should be introduced to help prevent type 2 diabetes, says NICE. UK cases of type 2 diabetes have soared in recent years, fuelled by an increase in obesity rates. Currently, it is estimated that there are 2.8 million people with diabetes in the UK.

 
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NICE launches Pathways online tool

NICE has launched a new online tool for health and social care professionals which, for the first time, brings together all connected NICE guidance on a topic in a user-friendly electronic flowchart. NICE Pathways will allow users to quickly view and navigate NICE guidance and other tools on any given topic across an entire care pathway.

 
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Into practice
 
 

Improving patient care through effective commissioning

NICE produces online commissioning guides which provide topic-specific information on key clinical and service-related issues to consider during the commissioning process. Each guide contains a commissioning and benchmarking tool which can help estimate the level of service needed locally. Recent guides have covered CKD in adults and weight management before, during and after pregnancy.

 

 
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New guidance
 
 

Have your say on the development of a clinical guideline for acute kidney injury, a common condition that is predominantly seen in older people, people who already have kidney disease and people with a critical illness. You have until 14th June to comment on the draft guideline.

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Comment on the development of a clinical guideline for the management of hyperglycaemia in patients with acute coronary syndrome. Studies have found that around 65 per cent of patients with ACS, who were not known to have diabetes, have impaired glucose regulation.

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