W. Harper Gilmour

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BACKGROUND Social disorganisation, fragmentation and isolation have long been posited as influencing the rate of psychoses at area level. Measuring such societal constructs is difficult. A census-based index measuring social fragmentation has been proposed. AIMS To investigate the association between first-admission rates for psychosis and area-based(More)
Systemic inflammation is associated with adverse prognosis cancer but its aetiology remains unclear. We investigated the expression of proinflammatory cytokines within normal mucosa from healthy controls and tumour tissue in cancer patients and related these levels with markers of systemic inflammation and with the presence of a tumour inflammatory(More)
BACKGROUND Although the association between health and unemployment has been well examined, less attention has been paid to the health of the economically inactive (EI) population. Scotland has one of the worst health records compared to any Western European country and the EI population account for 23% of the working age population. The aim of this study(More)
Gastro-oesophageal cancer is associated with a high incidence of cachexia. Proteolysis-inducing factor (PIF) has been identified as a possible cachectic factor and studies suggest that PIF is produced exclusively by tumour cells. We investigated PIF core peptide (PIF-CP) mRNA expression in tumour and benign tissue from patients with gastro-oesophageal(More)
AIM To examine cancer patients' use, and satisfaction with touchscreen information systems. By examining the experience of subgroups, to address issues of equality of access. PATIENTS 345 patients starting radiotherapy at the Beatson Oncology Centre (BOC), Glasgow. METHODS Patients were invited to use a touchscreen computer at the start of treatment.(More)
BACKGROUND Progression is believed to be a common and important complication in acute stroke, and has been associated with increased mortality and morbidity. Reliable identification of predictors of early neurological deterioration could potentially benefit routine clinical care. The aim of this study was to identify predictors of early stroke progression(More)
Sir, Extrapolating from our findings that mRNA for the dermcidin gene (Schittek et al, 2001), which encodes the proteolysis-inducing factor (PIF) core peptide (PIF-CP), is present in both gastro-oesophageal tumour and adjacent non-tumour tissue, EA Rapoport suggests that PIF may be generally involved in muscle breakdown via production of PIF in tissues(More)
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