Alexander S. Douglas

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OBJECTIVE To determine the incidence of Achilles tendon rupture in Scotland from 1980 to 1995. DESIGN Retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data. SETTING Data were obtained from the National Health Service Information and Statistics Division and analyzed in terms of age- and gender-specific incidence rates and time trends by age group. (More)
BACKGROUND In Western societies there is a winter peak in mortality, largely accounted for by respiratory and cardiovascular deaths. In view of the known seasonal variation in vitamin D, and of the postulated link between tuberculosis and vitamin D deficiency, a study was undertaken to examine whether the presentation of tuberculosis had the same seasonal(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE Seasonality of coronary heart disease (CHD) was examined to determine whether fatal and non-fatal disease have the same annual rhythm. DESIGN Time series analysis was carried out on retrospective data over a 10 year period and analysed by age groups ( < 45 to > 75 years) and gender. SETTING Data by month were obtained for the years(More)
Seven out of 76 patients who had sustained a cerebrovascular accident suffered a pulmonary embolism as diagnosed at necropsy or by unequivocal antemortem criteria. A further five patients had probable embolisation diagnosed only by clinical and chest x-ray criteria. Eleven of these 12 patients had DVT as diagnosed by the 125I-fibrinogen technique. Though(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether seasonality of the sudden infant death syndrome persists now that rates have fallen, mostly after widespread adoption of the "face upwards" sleeping position. DESIGN Monthly data on the sudden infant death syndrome during 1987-9 were compared for seasonality with those of 1991-3; rates were studied as deaths per 1000 live(More)