Maire Byrne Evans

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Morphine extracted from dated hair segments and analysed by adaptation of a specific solid-phase 125I radioimmunoassay for the measurement of morphine in urine has provided long term histories of the heroin usage of individual patients. Results expressed as ng morphine/mg hair are compared with a pre-determined cut-off level of 0.3 ng morphine/mg hair, from(More)
The authors explore some issues with the United Kingdom (U.K.) crime reporting and recording systems which currently produce Open Crime Data. The availability of Open Crime Data seems to create a potential data ecosystem which would encourage crowdsourcing, or the creation of social machines, in order to counter some of these issues. While such solutions(More)
BACKGROUND Suicide rates are higher in the over 65s than in younger adults and there is a strong link between deliberate self harm (DSH) and suicide in older people. The association between personality disorder (PD) and DSH in older adults remains uncertain. Our objective was to describe this association. METHODS A case control study was conducted in(More)
BACKGROUND Previous researchers in the UK have measured the prevalence of the 'inappropriateness' of acute adult psychiatric inpatient placements by eliciting the judgements of health professionals. We extended the methodology by identifying inpatient sub-groups with stable characteristics that were associated with elevated risk of inappropriate placement,(More)
This communication addresses the analytical problems associated with the analysis of hair specimens from known users and misusers of the synthetic opioid methadone. An adapted radioimmunoassay and a previously developed preanalytical decontamination procedure have been applied to samples from known drug users. The removal of drugs from the hair surface by(More)
The selection, development, definition and validation of selective stability-indicating procedures for high-performance liquid chromatographic and thin-layer chromatographic analyses of ranitidine hydrochloride are described. The procedures used in conjunction can be applied to the quality assurance and stability assessments of both the drug substance and(More)
Capillary zone electrophoresis is a technique that is rapidly gaining popularity in the pharmaceutical industry because of the wide range of compounds applicable to the technique. These range from small biologically active molecules through to large nucleotides and proteins. This review outlines the historical development of the technique and some of the(More)