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May 2012
Bringing you the latest news, features and guidance from NICE
New guidance
 
 

Opioids first-line for pain relief in palliative care

 
 

Opioids should be prescribed to help relieve pain in patients receiving palliative care for chronic or incurable illnesses, says NICE. For many people with cancer, chronic or neurodegenerative conditions, strong opioids like morphine are the only adequate source of pain relief.

 

 

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NICE approves new treatment for stroke prevention

 
 

Patients with atrial fibrillation can now be offered rivaroxaban (Xarelto), as an alternative to warfarin, in order to minimise their risk of stroke and blood clots, says NICE. The advice comes just two months after NICE also approved dabigatran for the same condition.

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Also this month
 
 

Health Act makes NICE stronger than ever before

NICE will be stronger than ever before under the new Health Act producing quality standards that will be the backbone of commissioning and playing a vital role in value based pricing, the Health Secretary has said. Addressing delegates at the NICE Annual Conference in Birmingham last week, Andrew Lansley said that NICE will be central to developing a NHS based on evidence.

 
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Behind the headlines
 
 

Does NICE take too long to approve drugs?

Patients are “waiting up to nine years” for cancer and Alzheimer’s drugs to be made available on the NHS because approval by NICE takes so long, The Daily Mail has claimed. Here we take a closer look at the story, and the report it is based on, and explain why it is inaccurate and flawed.

 
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Into practice
 
 

Clinical case scenarios for common mental health disorders

NICE has developed a series of clinical case scenarios to help those in primary care when considering the range of treatments and approaches for patients with common mental health disorders.One in three GP consultations has a mental health element to it, and 90 per cent of mental health problems are treated in primary care.

 

 

 
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New guidance
 
 

Let us know what you think about our draft recommendations on working with local communities to prevent obesity. Recommendations cover areas such as involving local businesses, using local authorities and the NHS as exemplars of good practice, and organisational development and training.

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Have your say on a draft clinical guideline on the management of Crohn's disease in adults and children. Key priorities for implementation in this guideline include providing patient information and support, and inducing and maintaining remission.

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