Colin John Rees

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Background:Colorectal cancer is common in England and, with long-term survival relatively poor, improving outcomes is a priority. A major initiative to reduce mortality from the disease has been the introduction of the National Health Service (NHS) Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP). Combining data from the BCSP with that in the National Cancer Data(More)
PURPOSE Clostridium difficile diarrhea is common in elderly patients and leads to prolonged hospitalization. Patients with severe or recurrent Clostridium difficile diarrhea have poor antitoxin antibody responses. Intravenous immunoglobulin has been advocated in these patients. This study was designed to assess the response of patients with refractory,(More)
Background:The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP) offers biennial faecal occult blood testing (FOBt) followed by colonoscopy after positive results. Colorectal cancers (CRCs) registered with the Northern Colorectal Cancer Audit Group database were cross-referenced with the BCSP database to analyse their screening history.Methods:The CRCs in the(More)
Purpose: To assess the medium-term outcome of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic stent shunts (TIPSS) by measuring the incidence of shunt obstruction or failure during routine surveillance and the number of interventions performed. Methods: This is a retrospective study covering a 4-year period, from 1992 to 1996, during which 102 TIPSS procedures were(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS The English National Health Service Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (NHSBCSP) is one of the world's largest organized screening programs. Minimizing adverse events is essential for any screening program. Study aims were to determine rates and to examine risk factors for adverse events. PATIENTS AND METHODS Bleeding and(More)
OBJECTIVES Colonoscopy is central to colorectal cancer (CRC) screening. Success of CRC screening is dependent on colonoscopy quality. The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP) offers biennial faecal occult blood (FOB) testing to 60-74 year olds and colonoscopy to those with positive FOB tests. All colonoscopists in the screening programme are required(More)
BACKGROUND Barrett's esophagus (BE) is a commonly undiagnosed condition that predisposes to esophageal adenocarcinoma. Routine endoscopic screening for BE is not recommended because of the burden this would impose on the health care system. The objective of this study was to determine whether a novel approach using a minimally invasive cell sampling device,(More)
The nature of the complexes of histones H1 and H5 and their globular domains (GH1 and GH5) with DNA suggested two DNA-binding sites which are likely to be the basis of the preference of H1 and H5 for the nucleosome, compared with free DNA. More recently the X-ray and NMR structures of GH5 and GH1, respectively, have identified two basic clusters on opposite(More)
In view of the likely role of H1-H1 interactions in the stabilization of chromatin higher order structure, we have asked whether interactions can occur between the globular domains of the histone molecules. We have studied the properties of the isolated globular domains of H1 and the variant H5 (GH1 and GH5) and we have shown (by sedimentation analysis,(More)
BACKGROUND The naturally-occurring omega (ω)-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) reduces colorectal adenoma (polyp) number and size in patients with familial adenomatous polyposis. The safety profile and potential cardiovascular benefits associated with ω-3 PUFAs make EPA a strong candidate for colorectal cancer (CRC)(More)