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PURPOSE To explore professional experience and training of complementary therapists working within cancer care. METHOD A Questionnaire survey of complementary therapists practising in three cancer care settings in North West England. RESULTS Respondents (n=51; n=47 female; mean age 50 years, range 23-78 years) had varied career backgrounds; 24 were(More)
We investigated the claimed renal-sparing effect of the cyclooxygenase inhibitor sulindac. Fifteen normal women following a diet of 50 mEq salt a day were randomly assigned to 5 days of either placebo, sulindac, 200 mg b.i.d., or indomethacin, 25 mg q.i.d., after first serving as their own controls. Renal effects were assessed by the excretion rate of(More)
The relationship of the renal excretion of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) to urine flow during a water diuresis was examined using radioimmunoassay (RIA) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Seven normal women fasted overnight were water loaded with 20 ml/kg orally, and each hour for 3 h they drank water to replace the urine volume plus 20 ml. The(More)
The Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) was introduced into Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland in the 1970s. It was assumed that local environmental conditions would not facilitate successful reproduction. However, in the 1990s there were reports of C. gigas outside licensed aquaculture sites and this investigation set out to ascertain the current(More)
This article presents a framework for the practical implementation of a 24-hour specialist palliative care advice line, illustrated by two case examples from the authors' experience. In the UK, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance requires provision of 24-hour access to specialist palliative care advice for healthcare professionals(More)
This qualitative study examines the attempts made by hospice staff to support and maintain the personhood of hospice patients. The study was conducted over a six-month period at two hospice facilities in northwest England. Thirty staff members were interviewed about their interpretation of the hospice philosophy and how this influences their work with(More)
Freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) populations are declining in Northern Ireland to the extent that a captive breeding programme was established on the Upper Ballinderry river in 1998. Previous genetic analysis of the hatchery broodstock and their first cohort of offspring showed significant levels of inbreeding (F IS  = 0.166). The(More)
Invasive species can impact native species and alter assemblage structure, which affects associated ecosystem functioning. The pervasive Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas, has been shown to affect the diversity and composition of many host ecosystems. We tested for effects of the presence of the invasive C. gigas on native assemblages by comparing them(More)
Polypharmacy, the concurrent use of multiple medications by one individual is a growing global issue driven by an ageing population and increasing prevalence of multi-morbidity[1]. Polypharmacy can be problematic: interactions between medications, reduced adherence to medication, burden of medication to patients, administration time, increased risk of(More)