David McD Taylor

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BACKGROUND Psilocybin is a serotonin receptor agonist that occurs naturally in some mushroom species. Recent studies have assessed the therapeutic potential of psilocybin for various conditions, including end-of-life anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and smoking and alcohol dependence, with promising preliminary results. Here, we aimed to investigate(More)
The unconventional agents that cause transmissible degenerative encephalopathies, such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, scrapie, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), are relatively resistant to inactivation by standard decontamination procedures. The only methods that appear to be completely effective under worst-case conditions are strong sodium(More)
BACKGROUND Therapeutic hypothermia is recommended for the treatment of neurological injury after resuscitation from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Laboratory studies have suggested that earlier cooling may be associated with improved neurological outcomes. We hypothesized that induction of therapeutic hypothermia by paramedics before hospital arrival would(More)
OBJECTIVE To review systematically data relating to weight changes with atypical antipsychotics. METHOD We conducted a Medline search on October 29 1999 and covered the period 1980-99. All recovered papers were examined for further relevant reports. In addition, we wrote to pharmaceutical manufacturers and 10 practising clinicians to ask them to provide(More)
OBJECTIVE To review data examining the relationships between depression, antidepressants and cardiovascular disease. METHOD Structured searches of PubMed, Medline and Embase conducted in March 2008. RESULTS Depression and cardiovascular disease are closely associated clinical entities. Depression appears both to cause and worsen cardiovascular disease.(More)
High threshold for stress-induced activation of the heat shock transcription factor, Hsf1, may contribute to vulnerability of motor neurons to disease and limit efficacy of agents promoting expression of neuroprotective heat shock proteins (Hsps) through this transcription factor. Plasmid encoding a constitutively active form of Hsf1, Hsf1act, and chemicals(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine unexpected events (UEs) that occur during the intrahospital transport of critically ill emergency department patients. METHODS This was a prospective observational study of consecutive intrahospital transports between March 2003 and June 2004. The escorting emergency physician completed the data collection document either during or(More)
Thermostable proteases have been investigated for their ability to provide a novel biological solution to decontamination of prion agents responsible for transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). Proteases were identified that digested total mouse brain homogenate (MBH) protein from uninfected mice. These proteases were then evaluated for digestion(More)
Prions are very resistant to inactivation, and accidental transmission has occurred through the use of inadequate decontamination procedures. Strong sodium hypochiorite solutions achieve inactivation but other chlorine-releasing compounds are less effective. 2M sodium hydroxide leads to substantial but incomplete inactivation; other chemical procedures such(More)
We undertook a cross-sectional survey of surfers at eight Victorian beaches between February and May 2003 and analysed acute injury and chronic disability sustained while surfing during the preceding 12 months. Significant injuries were defined as requiring medical attention or time off surfing/work. 646 surfers were enrolled (90.2% male, median age 27(More)