Malcolm Turner

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BACKGROUND In clinical trials, lubiprostone reduced the severity of abdominal pain. The primary aim was to determine whether lubiprostone raises the threshold for abdominal pain induced by intraluminal balloon distention. A secondary aim was to determine whether changes in pain sensitivity influence clinical pain independently of changes in transit time. (More)
OBJECTIVE Arhalofenate is a novel antiinflammatory uricosuric agent. The objective of this study was to evaluate its antiflare activity in patients with gout. METHODS This was a 12-week, randomized, double-blind, controlled phase IIb study. Eligible patients had had ≥3 flares of gout during the previous year, had discontinued urate-lowering therapy and(More)
The effects of a new alpha-2 adrenoceptor antagonist on erectile function was assessed in 12 normal volunteers (mean age 28.7, range 20-42), using a double blind, placebo controlled design with two doses of drug and three testing sessions. The drug was administered by intravenous infusion and erectile responses to erotic fantasy and films were monitored by(More)
Background: There is currently conflicting evidence surrounding the effects of obesity on postoperative outcomes. Previous studies have found obesity to be associated with adverse events, but others have found no association. The aim of this study was to determine whether increasing body mass index (BMI) is an independent risk factor for development of(More)
INTRODUCTION Whether acute pancreatitis can occur in pancreatically insufficient individuals with cystic fibrosis remains a matter of debate. CASE PRESENTATION We describe a case of acute pancreatitis occurring in a 52-year-old Caucasian Australian man with moderately severe cystic fibrosis lung disease and pancreatic insufficiency. An inflammatory mass(More)
A total of 224 chronic pain somatoform disorder patients without obvious pathophysiology or psychopathology were found to have colder hands than nonpatients. A paradoxical temperature increase (PTI) in response to a cognitive stressor (mental arithmetic) was noted in a subset of these chronic pain patients. Patients were defined as "PTI" responders if,(More)
Ventriculoperitoneal shunts are the most common procedure for the treatment of hydrocephalus. Ventriculoatrial shunts are effective but are subject to a higher incidence of potentially serious complications. We report our experience with ventriculo-gallbladder shunts in children. Ventriculo-gallbladder shunts are safe, effective, and technically easy to(More)
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