Nigel Penn

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A patient is described who became poikilothermic following surgery for removal of a craniopharyngioma. Episodes of disturbed behaviour, neurological abnormalities, pancytopenia and deranged liver function could be correlated with episodes of more profound hypothermia on a background of a chronically lowered core temperature. The association of pancytopenia(More)
Thirty elderly long-stay patients were randomly allocated to receive either placebo or dietary supplementation with vitamins A, C and E for 28 days. Nutritional status and cell-mediated immune function were assessed before and after the period of supplementation. Following vitamin supplementation, cell-mediated immune function improved as indicated by a(More)
Cellular immune function declines with age and is implicated in the increased incidence of cancer, and morbidity and mortality associated with infections in elderly people. Elderly people are at risk of nutritional depletion, including of zinc, and zinc is known to influence immunity. The present study assessed zinc status in both healthy elderly subjects(More)
The aim of this study was to determine whether a mass media campaign about diabetes would increase public awareness and knowledge of diabetes, leading to an increased rate of detection of previously undiagnosed cases. A telephone questionnaire was administered to two groups of randomly selected members of the public before and after a 1-week mass media(More)
The production of immunoglobulins by duodenal mucosa in young and old subjects was studied. For 20 elderly people (mean age 85.3 years) and 18 young subjects (mean age 34.5 years) the amounts of the immunoglobulins IgA, IgG and IgM synthesized and secreted by a duodenal biopsy over a 2-day period were compared. There was no significant difference in the(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the quality of toilet facilities available for disabled people in a large provincial teaching hospital. DESIGN Survey of toilet facilities for patients on the wards and in the outpatient department. SETTING Teaching hospital in Leeds. RESULTS Although the quality of toilet facilities varied, none met the standards recommended by(More)