Guidance Notes and Best Practice Guides

NICESurgery should only be offered to treat varicose veins if other less invasive treatments are unsuitable for patients, according to latest guidance from NICE. 

Varicose veins develop when blood vessels become enlarged, preventing blood flowing back to the heart efficiently and resulting in blood flowing in the wrong direction. They normally occur in the legs, and are more likely to occur among older people and those who are pregnant.
 
To help standardise the kind of treatment patients with this treatment can receive, NICE has published a new clinical guideline on varicose veins.
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HEFCE: A web-based tool to measure plant diversity on university & college campuses has been developed by the University of Northampton with funds from Higher Education Funding Council England.

The Biodiversity Index is an interactive system which allows organisations with little or no knowledge of biodiversity to assess the level of plant diversity on their land quickly, simply and scientifically.
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NICE: NICE has recommended the use of aripiprazole (Abilify) as an option for treating moderate to severe manic episodes in adolescents with bipolar disorder

This latest guidance follows the 2006 clinical guideline on the overall management of bipolar disorder in adults, children & adolescents, and focuses on the use of aripiprazole for the specific treatment in adolescents aged 13 and older.
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Ofcom: In time for the summer holiday exodus, Ofcom has published a new guide to help travellers protect themselves against ‘bill shock’ when using their smartphones & tablets abroad.
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NICE: A new device that detects the cause of unexplained vaginal wetness in pregnancy could help pregnant women avoid receiving unnecessary invasive speculum examinations, according to NICE. Unexplained vaginal wetness during pregnancy can be caused by preterm, prelabour rupture of the membranes.  
 
NICE says GPs, midwives & practice nurses can use Vision Amniotic Leak Detector as a way of reliably excluding a leak of amniotic fluid as a cause of vaginal wetness in pregnancy. The device is a diagnostic panty liner that can be attached to underwear, which has a central polymer-embedded strip that turns blue-green on contact with amniotic fluid.
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FRC: The FRC has issued updated guidance for audits of entities of all sizes that may be subject to the risks associated with using financial instruments.  The guidance aims to enhance investor confidence in the depth & reliability of the audit.
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HMT: The government has launched a consultation on a proposed tax regime for shale gas, including a new shale gas ‘pad’ allowance.  Alongside this, new guidance was published recently that explains to industry & local communities how applications for exploratory shale gas developments should proceed through the planning system – See ‘Consultations’ section for more information.
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