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National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. A special health authority created in 1999—at which time it was called National Institute for Clinical Excellence—in England and Wales to promote the highest quality of treatment and technology in the NHS, as well as the cost-effectiveness of its services. NICE co-ordinates the National Collaborating Centres from whom it commissions the development of clinical practice guidelines, gives advice on best clinical practice to the NHS and produces and disseminates clinical guidelines.

NICE provides national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health to those commissioning NHS services (health authorities and primary care trusts), as well as to patients and their carers. NICE covers individual health technologies (e.g., medicines, medical devices, etc.), diagnostic techniques, procedures and clinical management of specific conditions. It sets national standards to improve the quality and consistency of NHS services in England and Wales.

NICE merged in 2005 with the Health Development Agency and is now officially the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (but still known as NICE).

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A colloquial acronym for a technique used to reduce the stress of new situations, which should be viewed as being New, Interesting and Challenging Experiences, rather than with FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt).
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Acronym for the National Institute for Clinical Excellence. This is a Government body tasked with the duty of determining the best forms of medical treatment. NICE was set up in April 1999 and is a part of the National Health Service. Its function is to provide patients, health professionals and the general public with reliable guidance on current best medical practice.
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Q. Are there any nice activities for adults with autism? I've been helping a very nice man of 45 of years old and I'm looking for some new things I can do with him in our time together. any ideas?

A. Autistic people react wonderfully with animals. for instance- i saw a group of severe Autistic teenagers going to swim with dolphins. the effect was amazing! taking him to the zoo, or even to the park to feed ducks, pet dogs, whatever.. could have a great effect on him.
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In the reviews and write-ups on Made Nice, one fact consistently surfaces: how young the chef-owners are.
Made Nice feels like a debut in more ways than one, but every new restaurant is, after all.
They would have seen that horses coming from the track did best but some of the pointers still made nice money.
DB Born Again Jonjo O'Neill 8th, 3m handicap chase, Chepstow, October 8 Having only his third start over fences and first in 11 months, he was a bit rusty early but made nice headway to be close enough turning in only to tire and fade.
It's not easy to be too confident about the result of this maiden, as a few of the fancied horses ran below par, but a couple made nice progress from the back of the field, and none more so than this colt.
She made nice headway from the back to get into a challenging position early in the straight, was unable to match the turn of foot shown by the winner, but was also hampered after having her ground taken by that filly.
The Newmarket trainer is adopting a more patient approach this term, though, and punters have made nice profits by following his runners after they've had an initial run.
OAlmighty has made nice improvement since running a good second in the Chester Vase and he is bred to get the trip well.O
Mike Lowell and Dustin Pedroia each made nice defensive plays in the 11th before Ellis lined a double to left.
In a testimonial on the site's webpage, class four at Marine Park First School in Whitley Bay wrote: "A big thanks, the rooms were warm, the beds comfortable, the cooks made nice food and we loved doing the activities."