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Caring for patients with more than one long-term health condition

Bruce Guthrie, GP and Professor of Primary Care Medicine at the University of Dundee Medical School shares his experiences of caring for patients with multimorbidity

News Published February 2017 Last updated February 2017

Becoming a NICE expert works

Dr Benett discusses how becoming a NICE guidance team member helped him to find new ways to treat his patient with kidney disease

News Published February 2017 Last updated February 2017

Breast cancer drug costs too high in relation to benefits for routine NHS funding

NICE does not recommend breast cancer drug palbociclib (Ibrance, Pfizer) because its cost is too high in relation to its potential benefits in draft guidance out for consultation.

News Published February 2017 Last updated February 2017

Preventing falls in older people through conversation

NICE has advised health and care professionals to talk to older people about falls.

News Published January 2017 Last updated January 2017

NICE seeks to improve diagnosis and treatment of cerebral palsy

NICE publishes first guideline on cerebral palsy

News Published January 2017 Last updated January 2017

NICE seeks positive future with life sciences industry

NICE has set out its position on its complex but positive relationship with the life sciences industry.

News Published January 2017 Last updated January 2017

Pause on NICE's cost recovery plans

Plans for NICE to recover the costs of its appraisals of drugs, medical devices and diagnostics, through charges to the companies which make them, have been put on hold until the Government completes its life sciences strategy.

News Published January 2017 Last updated January 2017

NICE approves kidney cancer drug for NHS use

Patients with advanced kidney cancer will have routine NHS access to the drug everolimus following recommendations by NICE, rather than apply to the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF).

News Published January 2017 Last updated January 2017

Everyone with learning disabilities should have their mental health checked annually, NICE says, as fears thousands may be undiagnosed

Experts acknowledge that mental health problems may be more difficult to diagnose for people with learning disabilities. This is because it can be harder for the person to explain how they are feeling and what help they would like.

News Published January 2017 Last updated January 2017

NICE takes key role in new European project for faster access to Alzheimer's disease drugs

Patients’ priorities will be brought to the fore in new Alzheimer’s project

News Published January 2017 Last updated January 2017

NICE calls on care homes to prioritise the oral health of residents

Care home residents should be helped to brush their teeth twice a day, says NICE

News Published January 2017 Last updated January 2017

The NICE year in review

At this time of year we like to stop and reflect on some of the news we’ve shared with you over the past twelve months…

News Published December 2016 Last updated December 2016

NICE says liver cancer treatment to stay within the Cancer Drugs Fund, but not recommended for routine NHS use.

The drug, sorafenib (also known as Nexavar), which is used for treating advanced hepatocellular carcinoma, is not value for money, NICE has said in new draft guidance.

News Published December 2016 Last updated December 2016

Getting to the right place for the final time

Deirdre and Emily both care for terminally-ill children. They tell us why it is so important for their final wishes to be heard.

News Published December 2016 Last updated December 2016

Kadcyla too expensive for routine funding on NHS

Kadcyla (also called trastuzumab emtansine and made by Roche) is currently being funded through the Cancer Drugs Fund. NICE is looking again at its 2015 guidance on the drug to see whether it should be funded routinely on the NHS.

News Published December 2016 Last updated December 2016

New NICE guideline to help people take control of their asthma could save the NHS millions

NICE has issued draft guidance setting out what medicines adults, young people and children with asthma should take to control symptoms and reduce asthma attacks.

News Published December 2016 Last updated December 2016

BNF and BNFC apps – delay to December update

Due to a technical fault, the December content updates to the NICE BNF and BNFC apps have been delayed until early February 2017.

News Published December 2016 Last updated December 2016

Help from all sides

Luke highlights the issues people with co-occurring mental illness and substance use face when they try to seek help.

News Published December 2016 Last updated December 2016

Home is where the heart is

Karen tells us why and how we all strive for normality in the face of death.

News Published December 2016 Last updated December 2016

NICE focuses on improving treatment and diagnosis of liver disease

People who drink too much should be sent for scans to detect early liver disease, says NICE

News Published December 2016 Last updated December 2016

Councils should provide oral health programmes in schools, says NICE

Social care providers should also ensure oral health is included in care plans for people receiving support, says NICE

News Published December 2016 Last updated December 2016

Baby teeth do matter

Dr Gill Davies urges parents and carers to help children look after their baby teeth.

News Published December 2016 Last updated December 2016

Accessible guidance

Jakki tells us what she hopes the new 'Management of coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse' guidance will achieve.

News Published December 2016 Last updated December 2016

Traditional under the tongue temperature-taking helps patients avoid hypothermia during surgery, says NICE

Traditional under the tongue or armpit temperature-taking are among the recommended ways of monitoring a patient’s temperature to help avoid hypothermia during surgery, says NICE.

News Published December 2016 Last updated December 2016

NICE and the FDA working together

NICE Scientific Advice participates in FDA payer programme for medtech industry

News Published December 2016 Last updated December 2016

Raising children's spirits

Stephen and Paul both provide spiritual care for dying children and their families. For many people the word ‘spiritual’ is read with religious connotations. They tell us why they are pleased the new NICE ‘End of life care for children’ guidance broadens this definition…

News Published December 2016 Last updated December 2016

Life in a pollution hotspot

Mark tells us about the problems he and his neighbours have experienced with air pollution.

News Published December 2016 Last updated December 2016

Hearing a child's voice in national guidance

Jan and Jo talk about how working with the charity, Together for Short Lives, enabled young people to make a valuable contribution to the NICE guideline ‘End of life care for children’.

News Published December 2016 Last updated December 2016

Moonlighting for the 'Thought Police'

Victoria talks about plans to improve how NICE works with members of the public.

News Published December 2016 Last updated December 2016

NICE calls on third sector and public bodies to work together to prevent loneliness in older people

Some older people should be sent to dance groups or choirs to help maintain their health, says NICE

News Published December 2016 Last updated December 2016

New draft guidance from NICE is a breath of fresh air

Dr Sotiris Vardoulakis discusses the importance of NICE's new draft guidance on air pollution.

News Published December 2016 Last updated December 2016

NICE recommends new lung cancer drug pembrolizumab

Hundreds of people with advanced lung cancer will now have access to new drug pembrolizumab, also known as Keytruda, after NICE recommends it for routine NHS use.

News Published December 2016 Last updated December 2016

Drive smoothly to reduce harmful effects of air pollution, says NICE

NICE recommends lorry and bus drivers drive ‘smoothly’ to help reduce harmful air pollution linked to 25,000 deaths a year in new draft guidance.

News Published December 2016 Last updated December 2016

NICE recommends first-of-its kind asthma treatment mepolizumab

Adults with severe asthma now have access to new drug mepolizumab, also known as Nucala, after NICE recommends it for NHS use.

News Published December 2016 Last updated December 2016

Millions should be offered routine HIV testing, NICE and Public Health England say on World Aids Day

HIV testing should be offered in A&Es and GP practices depending on local HIV prevalence, says NICE and PHE in new guidance

News Published December 2016 Last updated December 2016

NICE publishes updated advice on treating low back pain

NICE’s updated guideline on low back pain and sciatica recommends exercise in all its forms - for example stretching, strengthening, aerobics or yoga - as the first step in managing the condition.

News Published November 2016 Last updated November 2016

NICE says people with osteoporosis should be assessed for their fracture risk

People at risk of fractures due to osteoporosis should be considered for medication, Nice says.

News Published November 2016 Last updated November 2016

New NICE guidance on dual diagnosis is 'desperately needed'

NICE has published new guidance for the management of coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse - often termed 'dual diagnosis'.

News Published November 2016 Last updated November 2016

NICE recommends 4p a day breast cancer drug

Women with a family history of breast cancer should be offered anastrozole, not tamoxifen, says NICE in draft guidance

News Published November 2016 Last updated November 2016

NICE reverses decision on CDF leukaemia drug after price drop

Hundreds of people could benefit as NICE decision means ibrutinib can come off the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) and be routinely available to treat chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.

News Published November 2016 Last updated November 2016

Getting on Board with NICE

Martin Cowie, Professor of Cardiology & Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, shares his thoughts on becoming a new Non-Executive Director on the NICE Board

News Published November 2016 Last updated November 2016

NICE recommends extra 'triple therapy' drug for treating type 2 diabetes

NICE has published final guidance recommending dapagliflozin for treating type 2 diabetes in ‘triple therapy’

News Published November 2016 Last updated November 2016

NICE reviews multiple myeloma drug and approves for routine use

Hundreds of patients set to benefit after NICE draft guidance recommends pomalidomide, a drug that treats some people with bone marrow cancer, for routine use on the NHS.

News Published November 2016 Last updated November 2016

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News Published November 2016 Last updated November 2016

NICE welcomes landmark fall in antibiotic prescriptions

Fewer antibiotics are being prescribed by doctors in England for the first time, new data shows.

News Published November 2016 Last updated November 2016

NICE welcomes five new Non-Executive Directors to its board

Five new Non-Executive Directors have been appointed to the Board of NICE

News Published November 2016 Last updated November 2016

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Sign-up for monthly updates on the most important guidance and advice relating to prescribing and medicines optimisation. Includes information from key national bodies including NICE, SIGN and the MHRA.

News Published November 2016 Last updated November 2016

Price discount helps give green light for breast cancer drug pertuzumab

NICE approves the third breast cancer drug is as many weeks as pertuzumab is recommended to shrink tumours in some people with breast cancer so surgery can take place.

News Published November 2016 Last updated November 2016

NICE approves three quarters of CDF group 1 drugs for routine use

More than 75% of treatments in the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) which have been looked at again by NICE have received positive recommendations for routine NHS use.

News Published November 2016 Last updated November 2016

NICE says pancreatic cancer treatment considered not cost effective for routine NHS use

The drug pegylated liposomal irinotecan, was not clinically effective enough to justify its high cost, NICE says in draft guidance.

News Published November 2016 Last updated November 2016