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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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The NGO has alleged that Oriental Nicety is contaminated.
For Artforum, the happy result of Hopps's terminological nicety was the first cover that truly set the magazine apart: Goode's untitled juxtaposition of monochrome canvas with a hand-painted milk bottle centrally placed on a shallow shelf at the painting's base, the bottle's outline etched into the faint geometry of its magenta backdrop.
Mr Blair's visit, once a diplomatic and Commonwealth nicety, has taken on added significance as the two rivals square up over the disputed territory of Kashmir.
So if JFK had attended to this bureaucratic nicety during the Missile Crisis, for example, Robert Kennedy would not have been there to oppose the bombing of Cuba that was advocated by many of the most influential participants.
Quickly in front, Elliott paced matters to a nicety, kept something in reserve for the closing stages and did not ask for maximum effort from his willing mount until the furlong pole loomed large.
Sure, it was all gesture, but the alcohol burned and I was the only one who could appreciate this nicety. In a way this was the essence of Jack's art: the costar and the audience were one and the same, and both had to come to harm.
The pre-requisites of riding a waiting race from the front include being allowed an uncontested lead, and judging the pace to a nicety. John Egan was generously granted the first by his fellow riders and effectively achieved the second with the canniest of rides in the Chester Cup.
This was another glowing example of his deft touch, as he dictated things to a nicety over an extended two miles on Rule For Ever, a horse who seemingly needs time to get himself organised.