Andrew E Prior

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Anorectal motor activity and rectal sensation were recorded in 12 normal male subjects during ramp distention of the rectum with water and air at randomized rates of 10, 20, 50, and 100 mL/min and during intermittent rapid distention with air. There were no significant differences between the results of ramp inflation with water or with air, and the(More)
The prospect of removing cellular deposits of lipofuscin is of considerable interest because they may contribute to age related functional decline and disease. Here, we use a decapod crustacean model to circumvent a number of problems inherent in previous studies on lipofuscin loss. We employ (a) validated lipofuscin quantification methods, (b) an in vivo(More)
Some women with irritable bowel syndrome date the onset of symptoms to previous hysterectomy. To assess prospectively the incidence of gastrointestinal symptomatology arising de novo after hysterectomy, and to study the effect of surgery on pre-existing symptoms, 205 women completed a symptom questionnaire before and six weeks and six months after surgery.(More)
In large active cohort studies of women investigating human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical neoplasia, many women will be HPV-negative at all time points and testing of all their cervical specimens is an inefficient use of laboratory resources. The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate whether pooling cervical specimens from the same woman might provide(More)
The effect of granisetron, a specific 5-hydroxytryptamine 3-receptor antagonist, on the anorectal responses to rectal distension and a 1000-calorie meal was assessed in 12 patients with irritable bowel syndrome. Each patient was studied on three occasions, receiving intravenously either 40 mcg/kg granisetron, 160 mcg/kg granisetron or normal saline.(More)
To investigate whether vaginal or total abdominal hysterectomy is associated with changes in anorectal and urethrovesical physiology, 26 women were studied before operation and six weeks and six months afterwards. The results showed a postoperative increase in both rectal and vesical sensitivity (p less than 0.01). Similar results were observed irrespective(More)
Prolonged nocturnal recordings from multiple sites in the anorectum and duodenum were performed in 12 healthy volunteers to investigate the presence and determine the characteristics of nocturnal rectal motor activity and assess any synchronicity with phase III of the small intestinal migrating motor complex. Runs of phasic contractions of two contractile(More)
Abnormal intestinal crypt cell proliferation is considered to be an important early risk marker for colorectal cancer but measurement of the rate and spatial distribution of cell division by histochemical localization of DNA synthesis is labour-intensive and expensive. We developed and evaluated a simpler technique for measurement of these parameters using(More)
We present the results of the first quantitative, whole-lifespan study of the relationship between age-specific neurolipofuscin concentration and natural mortality rate in any organism. In a convenient laboratory animal, the African migratory locust, Locusta migratoria, we find an unusual delayed-onset neurolipofuscin accumulation pattern that is highly(More)
We assessed consumption of fruit and vegetables amongst patients with ulcerative colitis, colorectal polyps or previous carcinoma. The dietary intakes for 119 patients attending a gastroenterology clinic for colonoscopy were assessed using a questionnaire. A single age- and sex-matched control subject was recruited for each patient. The patients consumed(More)