Simon Timothy Adams

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Clinical prediction rules are mathematical tools that are intended to guide clinicians in their everyday decision making. The popularity of such rules has increased greatly over the past few years. This article outlines the concepts underlying their development and the pros and cons of their use Simon T Adams clinical research fellow 1 , Stephen H Leveson(More)
Obesity has become an increasingly important health problem over the past 30 years. Presently around a quarter of the UK adult population are obese and this figure is set to increase further in the coming decades. The health consequences of obesity on multiple body systems have been well established as has the financial cost of the condition to both the(More)
BACKGROUND Needlestick injuries are common during surgical procedures. Following such an injury, local protocols should be followed to minimize the risk of infection. AIMS To identify who sustains such injuries, under what circumstances and what actions are taken to minimize the risk and in response to intraoperative needlestick injuries. METHODS A(More)
BACKGROUND Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a well-recognised complication of obesity. One of the microvascular complications of T2DM is diabetic retinopathy (DR). Bariatric surgery has been shown to effectively treat obesity and can induce remission of T2DM. It is not known what effect this improvement may have on pre-existing DR. We aimed to investigate(More)
OBJECTIVE Collagenous colitis is an increasingly diagnosed clinical and pathological variant of microscopic colitis, mainly affecting middle-aged and elderly women; herein we review the literature for a rare complication (colonic perforation) and the most appropriate management. METHODS EMBASE, MEDLINE and abstracts from major gastroenterological(More)
It is well established that hypertension and obesity appear to be associated. The exact mechanism by which they are linked is unclear and remains a topic of a great deal of research. Current NICE guidelines recommend that patients with a BMI in excess of 35 kg/m(2) should be considered for bariatric surgery if they have a concomitant obesity-associated(More)
INTRODUCTION Silicone lymphadenopathy is a rare but recognised complication of procedures involving the use of silicone. It has a poorly understood mechanism but is thought to occur following the transportation of silicone particles from silicone-containing prostheses to lymph nodes by macrophages. CASE PRESENTATION We report of a case involving a(More)
Point-of-care testing (POCT) is a sensitive, specific and rapid form of testing for the presence of HIV antibodies. Post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV infection can reduce seroconversion rates by up to 80%. Needlestick injuries are the second commonest cause of occupational injury in the NHS and 20% of these occur during operations. In the NHS, in order to(More)
Clostridium difficile infection is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality, increased duration of hospitalization, and a marked economic impact. Several case reports and case series have described C. difficile infection in excluded bowels or immediately after reversal of defunctioning ileostomy. The aim of this prospective study is to detect(More)
It is well established that weight loss in general and bariatric surgery in particular can improve glycaemic control in diabetics. Current NICE guidelines recommend that those patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and a BMI of 35 kg/m(2) or more should be considered for bariatric surgery in order to optimise their glycaemic control and minimise their risk(More)