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

New advice on anti-epileptic drugs

 
 

New recommendations on the use of anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) for the treatment of adults and children with epilepsy have been set out, in updated NICE guidelines. The updated guideline describes how and when newer AEDs should be considered alongside older medicines.

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NICE approves new generation CT scanners

 
 

Four new generation cardiac computed tomography (CT) scanners can now be used by the NHS to help diagnose and manage patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) who are difficult to image.

 

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Also this month
 
 

Improve health of NHS workforce, experts say

The NHS should do more to improve the health and wellbeing of its workforce by following NICE's public health guidance, an independent panel of government advisors has said.

The NHS Future Forum, headed up by Professor Steve Field, wants the NHS to help its workforce of 1.4 million to live healthily and spread healthy messages with family, friends and patients.

 

 
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NICE opens up access to The Lancet

NHS and social care staff in England now have open access to the online version of The Lancet, thanks to an agreement between NICE and Elsevier to fund a national subscription.

The move will save the NHS time and money as NHS organisations, and individual members of staff, will no longer need to take out their own subscriptions to the online and paper versions of The Lancet.

 

 
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Into practice
 
 

New support tools to help put our guidance into practice

NICE has produced an advice tool on cascade testing, and an electronic audit tool, for the guidance on familial hypercholesterolemia.

 

Also new this month is an e-learning module on hip fracture, and a development resource for trust boards on preventing healthcare-associated infections.

 

 
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New guidance
 
 

Comment on draft guidance on the management of acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding, a common medical emergency that has a 10 per cent hospital mortality rate. The draft guidance includes recommendations on assessing the risk, intital management and the timing of endoscopy.

 

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As the obesity epidemic continues to grow in the UK, NICE is developing two pieces of public health guidance that will look at the management of overweight and obese children and young people, and overweight and obese adults. Let us know what you think about the draft scopes.

 

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