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NICE Guidance - March 2017

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have published new or updated guidance for the month of March 2017. This month there are two guidelines that impact upon primary care.

The Stroke and transient ischaemic attack in over 16s clinical guideline has been updated to give a definition of aspirin intolerance, rather than a link to a definition. The guideline covers interventions in the acute stage of a stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA). It offers the best clinical advice on the diagnosis and acute management of stroke and TIA in the 48 hours after onset of symptoms, although some interventions of up to 2 weeks are covered as well.

The Familial breast cancer clinical guideline has been updated after a review of the evidence for chemoprevention for women with no personal history of breast cancer. The guideline covers care for people with a family history of breast, ovarian or another related (prostate or pancreatic) cancer. It aims to improve the long-term health of these families by describing strategies to reduce the risk of and promote early detection of breast cancer (including genetic testing and mammography). It also includes advice on treatments (tamoxifen, raloxifene) and surgery (mastectomy).

Action: Clinicians should be aware of this month's new guidance and implement any necessary changes to practice.

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