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Unique database with more than 1000 medical guidelines is about to vanish

An expansive database that brings together guidance on how to prevent, diagnose, and treat a host of diseases is set to vanish on Monday, The Daily Beast reports. The National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC), part of the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, is going dark; the agency says budget cuts mean it can’t keep paying for the database. “It is not clear at this time … when or if NGC (or something like NGC) will be online again,” an announcement on the NGC website reads. The unique repository includes recommendations on cancer screening, preventing heart attacks and strokes, caring for children with brain tumors, and more than 1400 others. Efforts are underway to find a partner to preserve the site, The Daily Beast reports, but they haven’t panned out yet as time grows short.

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