Simon L Hill

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INTRODUCTION Novel synthetic 'designer' drugs with stimulant, ecstasy-like (entactogenic) and/or hallucinogenic properties have become increasingly popular among recreational drug users in recent years. The substances used change frequently in response to market trends and legislative controls and it is an important challenge for poisons centres and(More)
PURPOSE Virus-directed enzyme prodrug therapy depends on selective delivery of virus encoding a prodrug-activating enzyme to tumor, followed by systemic treatment with prodrug to achieve high levels of the activated cytotoxic at the intended site of action. The use of the bacterial enzyme nitroreductase to activate CB1954(More)
CONTEXT Synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) such as "Spice", "K2", etc. are widely available via the internet despite increasing legal restrictions. Currently, the prevalence of use is typically low in the general community (<1%) although it is higher among students and some niche groups subject to drug testing. Early evidence suggests that adverse outcomes(More)
CONTEXT 4-Iodo-2,5-dimethoxy-N-(2-methoxybenzyl)phenethylamine (25I-NBOMe) is a N-methoxybenzyl-substituted phenethylamine with potent serotoninergic effects. We describe seven cases of analytically confirmed toxicity due to the recreational use of 25I-NBOMe in the United Kingdom. CASE SERIES Seven patients, all young adult males, presented to hospitals(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterise the patterns of presentation, clinical effects and possible harms of acute toxicity following recreational use of alpha methyltryptamine (AMT) in the United Kingdom, as reported by health professionals to the National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) and to compare clinical effects with those reported after mephedrone use. (More)
OBJECTIVE To characterise the patterns of presentation and clinical features of toxicity following reported recreational use of benzofuran compounds ((2-aminopropyl)-2,3-dihydrobenzofurans) in the UK, as reported to the National Poisons Information Service (NPIS), and to compare clinical features of toxicity with those after reported mephedrone use. (More)
Methylene blue was placed in the pharynx of 64 patients undergoing anaesthesia with the laryngeal mask. No leak of dye into the larynx was detected on fibreoptic inspection of the inside of the mask in any subject. The use of the laryngeal mask as a means of protecting the airway during procedures such as minor nasal operations is therefore supported.
BACKGROUND Rapid and effective administration of antidotes by emergency medical responders is needed to improve the survival of patients severely poisoned after deliberate release of chemical weapons, but intravenous access is difficult to obtain while wearing personal protective equipment and in casualties with circulatory collapse. To test the hypothesis(More)
A case of cervical epidural abscess in a 63-year-old woman with a complex gastrointestinal surgical history is reported. The presenting symptom was neck pain, and blood analysis demonstrated raised erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein. MR imaging of the cervical spine revealed cervical discitis, osteomyelitis, and epidural collection. An(More)
The purpose of this study was to generate normative data for perineal length for Caucasian and Asian women in labour. The distance from the posterior fourchette to the centre of the anal orifice was measured in 1,000 women in the first stage of labour. Data on ethnicity, body mass index, delivery mode and perineal trauma were collected prospectively. The(More)