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Public awareness of ‘red flag’ symptoms for head and neck cancer is low. There is a lack of evidence regarding patient concerns and expectations in consultations for cancer assessment.
This prospective questionnaire study examined the symptoms, concerns and expectations of 250 consecutive patients attending an ‘urgent suspicion of cancer’ clinic at a tertiary referral centre.
The patients’ most frequent responses regarding their concerns were ‘no concerns’ (n = 72, 29 per cent); ‘all symptoms’ were a cause for concern (n = 65, 26 per cent) and ‘neck lump’ was a symptom causing concern (n = 37, 17 per cent). The expectations of patients attending clinic were that they would find out what was wrong with them, followed by having no expectations at all. Overall patient knowledge of red flag symptoms was lacking and their expectations were low.
Patients with non-cancer symptoms are frequently referred with suspected cancer. Patients with red flag symptoms are not aware of their significance and they have low expectations of healthcare.
To evaluate the association between novel pre- and post-operative biomarker levels and 30-day unplanned readmission or mortality after paediatric congenital heart surgery.
Children aged 18 years or younger undergoing congenital heart surgery (n = 162) at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 2010 to 2014 were enrolled in the prospective cohort. Collected novel pre- and post-operative biomarkers include soluble suppression of tumorgenicity 2, galectin-3, N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide, and glial fibrillary acidic protein. A model based on clinical variables from the Society of Thoracic Surgery database was developed and evaluated against two augmented models.
Unplanned readmission or mortality within 30 days of cardiac surgery occurred among 21 (13%) children. The clinical model augmented with pre-operative biomarkers demonstrated a statistically significant improvement over the clinical model alone with a receiver-operating characteristics curve of 0.754 (95% confidence interval: 0.65–0.86) compared to 0.617 (95% confidence interval: 0.47–0.76; p-value: 0.012). The clinical model augmented with pre- and post-operative biomarkers demonstrated a significant improvement over the clinical model alone, with a receiver-operating characteristics curve of 0.802 (95% confidence interval: 0.72–0.89; p-value: 0.003).
Novel biomarkers add significant predictive value when assessing the likelihood of unplanned readmission or mortality after paediatric congenital heart surgery. Further exploration of the utility of these novel biomarkers during the pre- or post-operative period to identify early risk of mortality or readmission will aid in determining the clinical utility and application of these biomarkers into routine risk assessment.
Children of parents with mood and psychotic disorders are at elevated risk for a range of behavioral and emotional problems. However, as the usual reporter of psychopathology in children is the parent, reports of early problems in children of parents with mood and psychotic disorders may be biased by the parents' own experience of mental illness and their mental state.
Independent observers rated psychopathology using the Test Observation Form in 378 children and youth between the ages of 4 and 24 (mean = 11.01, s.d. = 4.40) who had a parent with major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or no history of mood and psychotic disorders.
Observed attentional problems were elevated in offspring of parents with major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia (effect sizes ranging between 0.31 and 0.56). Oppositional behavior and language/thought problems showed variable degrees of elevation (effect sizes 0.17 to 0.57) across the three high-risk groups, with the greatest difficulties observed in offspring of parents with bipolar disorder. Observed anxiety was increased in offspring of parents with major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder (effect sizes 0.19 and 0.25 respectively) but not in offspring of parents with schizophrenia.
Our results suggest that externalizing problems and cognitive and language difficulties may represent a general manifestation of familial risk for mood and psychotic disorders, while anxiety may be a specific marker of liability for mood disorders. Observer assessment may improve early identification of risk and selection of youth who may benefit from targeted prevention.
Children of parents with major mood and psychotic disorders are at increased risk of psychopathology, including psychotic symptoms. It has been suggested that the risk of psychosis may be more often transmitted from parent to opposite-sex offspring (e.g., from father to daughter) than to same-sex offspring (e.g., from father to son). To test whether sex-specific transmission extends to early manifestations of psychosis, we examined sex-specific contributions to psychotic symptoms among offspring of mothers and fathers with depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. We assessed psychotic symptoms in 309 offspring (160 daughters and 149 sons) aged 8–24 years (mean=13.1, s.d.=4.3), of whom 113 had a mother with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression and 43 had a father with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression. In semi-structured interviews, 130 (42%) offspring had definite psychotic symptoms established and confirmed by psychiatrists on one or more assessments. We tested the effects of mental illness in parents on same-sex and opposite-sex offspring psychotic symptoms in mixed-effect logistic regression models. Psychotic symptoms were more prevalent among daughters of affected fathers and sons of affected mothers than among offspring of the same sex as their affected parent. Mental illness in the opposite-sex parent increased the odds of psychotic symptoms (odds ratio (OR)=2.65, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.43–4.91, P=0.002), but mental illness in the same-sex parent did not have a significant effect on psychotic symptoms in offspring (OR=1.13, 95% CI 0.61–2.07, P=0.697). The opposite-sex-specific parent-of-origin effects may suggest X chromosome-linked genetic transmission or inherited chromosomal modifications in the etiology of psychotic symptoms.
The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis of an improved growth, dietary nutrient availability and overall health of broiler chickens reared on recycled litter when fed a standardised combination of essential oils (EO; carvacrol, cinnamaldehyde and capsicum oleoresin). To assess the effect of dietary treatments, feed intake, weight gain, feed efficiency, availability of dietary nutrients and energy, villus morphometry, excreta sialic acid concentration, hepatic antioxidants and serum amyloid A (SAA) when fed to broiler chickens were evaluated. Counts of Eimeria spp. oocysts were also determined in excreta samples. Four experimental diets were offered, including two basal control diets based on either wheat or maize that contained 215 g CP/kg and 12.13 MJ/kg metabolisable energy and another two diets using the basal control diets supplemented with the EO combination at 100 mg/kg diet. Each diet was fed to eight floor pens, containing two birds each, following randomisation. Birds fed the EO-supplemented diets had an improved (P<0.05) feed conversion ratio (FCR). Birds fed maize-based diet had an improved daily weight gain and FCR (P<0.05) compared with wheat-fed birds. Wheat-based diet tended (P=0.056) to have greater N-corrected apparent metabolisable energy and had greater fat retention coefficient (P<0.05) compared with maize-based diets. No differences (P>0.05) were observed in villus morphometry, sialic acid secretion, number of oocysts and SAA. Feeding the EO improved (P<0.05) the retention of dietary Ca and Na. Compared with maize, feeding wheat-based diets improved the retention coefficients for Ca, P and Na (P<0.05). Feeding dietary EO improved (P<0.05) the concentrations of the hepatic antioxidants, including carotene, coenzyme Q10 and total vitamin E. The hepatic concentration of carotene of the maize-fed birds was 55.6% greater (P<0.05) compared with the wheat-fed birds. These results demonstrated that the addition of a standardised combination of EO in wheat- and maize-based diets provided benefits in terms of feed efficiency, mineral retention and antioxidant status of the birds when reared on recycled litter.
OBJECTIVES/SPECIFIC AIMS: Focal cartilage injuries of the knee joint are common and present a treatment challenge due to minimal intrinsic repair. Cartilage tissue engineering techniques currently used in clinical practice are expensive, cumbersome, and often ineffective in patients with mechanical or medical comorbidities. To address these issues, we developed an acellular nanofibrous scaffold with encapsulated growth factors designed to enhanced articular cartilage repair. Our goal is to evaluate this technology in vitro and pilot a large animal model for eventual translation into human subjects. METHODS/STUDY POPULATION: Hyaluronic acid (HA, 65 kDa) will be methacrylated (~40% modification, MeHA) and conjugated with cell-adhesive (RGD) groups. A solution of 4% wt/vol MeHA, 2% wt/vol polyethylene oxide (900 kDa), 0.05% wt/vol Irgacure 2959, and 0.005% wt/vol stromal cell-derived factor-1α (SDF-1α) and/or transforming growth factor-β3 (TGF-β3) will be prepared in ddH2O. The solution will be electrospun onto a rotating mandrel to achieve a dry scaffold thickness of 0.5 mm. The scaffold matt will be UV cross-linked and 5 mm-diameter samples will be cut out. Four groups of scaffolds will be prepared: MeHA, MeHA+SDF, MeHA+TGF, MeHA+SDF+TGF. All groups will be evaluated for fiber diameter, swell thickness, equilibrium compressive modulus, degradation rate, and growth factor release rate over 4 weeks (n=10). Scaffolds will also be seeded with juvenile porcine MSCs (5×104) in 200 μL of medium incubated for 24 hours. Seeded scaffolds will be evaluated for equilibrium compressive modulus, cell infiltration, and chondrogenesis at 4 and 8 weeks (n=10). Scaffolds will then be evaluated in a juvenile Yucatan minipig cartilage defect model. In total, 6 animals will undergo bilateral knee surgery to create four 4 mm-diameter full-thickness cartilage defects in each trochlear grove. All defects will receive microfracture to release marrow elements. Each knee will receive 2 scaffolds of the same group (replicates) with paired microfracture controls, resulting in a sample size of 3. Animals will be sacrificed at 12 weeks and defects will be evaluated via non-destructive indentation testing for mechanical properties, microCT for defect fill and subchondral bone morphology, and histology for ICRS II Visual Histological Assessment Scoring. RESULTS/ANTICIPATED RESULTS: Our preliminary studies have shown reliable replication of electrospun MeHA scaffolds. We anticipate cross-linking density to correlate positively with compressive modulus, and negatively with swell thickness, degradation rate, and growth factor release rate. We anticipate the addition of SDF-1α and TGF-β3 to increase cell infiltration and chondrogenesis, respectively, within seeded scaffolds. Similarly, we expect minipig defects treated with growth factor-releasing scaffolds to show greater mechanical properties, defect fill, and ICRS II score compared with MeHA scaffolds without growth factor. DISCUSSION/SIGNIFICANCE OF IMPACT: This study has the potential to show how an HA-based cell-free scaffold can be augmented with 2 growth factors that act synergistically to improve cartilage repair in a large animal model. This technology would improve upon the cell-free scaffolds already used clinically for autologous matrix-induced chondrogenesis and is directly translatable.
Introduction: Aeromedical helicopters and fixed wing aircraft are used across Canada to transfer patients to definitive care. Given height limitation in aeromedical transport, CPR performance can be affected. An adapted manual compression technique has been proposed by H. Koch (pron. Cook) that uses the elbow to compress the sternum rather than the conventional hand. This preliminary study evaluated the quality of Koch compressions versus conventional bimanual compressions. Methods: Paramedics (5), registered nurses (3) and a physician (1) were recruited. Each participant performed a 2 minute cycle of each technique, were randomized to determine which technique was performed first, and rested 5 minutes between compression cycles. A Resusci Anne SkillReporter manikin atop a stretcher in a BK117 helicopter was used. The compressors performed without feedback or prompting. Outcomes include compression rate, depth, recoil, and fatigue. Results: The mean conventional compression rate was (bpm) 118 +/− 13 versus 111 +/− 10 in the Koch scenario (p=0.02) (target 100 to 120). Mean conventional compression depth (mm) was 44 +/− 9 versus 49 +/− 7 in the Koch scenario (p=0.01) (target 50 to 60). The mean percentage of compressions with complete release in the conventional scenario was 86 +/− 20 versus 84 +/− 22 in the Koch scenario (p=0.9) (target 100%). Using a Modified Borg Scale of 1 to 10, mean provider fatigue after conventional CPR was 7 (+/− 1.6) versus 3 (+/− 1.2) using Koch technique (p<0.001). On average, Koch technique improved the percentage of compressions at target rate by 26%, the percentage at correct depth by 9%, overall compression quality score by 13% and were more less fatiguing. Conclusion: Using an elbow in a height-restricted environment improved compression depth and reduced provider fatigue. From our limited data, Koch compressions appear to improve compression quality. Further study and external validation are required.
Introduction: It is critical for planning, clinical care and resource optimization to understand patterns of emergency department (ED) utilization. Individuals who have experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACE) are known to have more unhealthy behaviors and worse health outcomes as adults and therefore may be more frequent ED users. Adverse childhood experiences include physical, sexual and emotional abuse or neglect, substance abuse in the family, witnessing violence, having a parent incarcerated or parents getting divorced or separated. To date there are few studies exploring the relationship between ACE and ED utilization. Methods: This a mixed qualitative and quantitative study. It includes analysis of data collected through a survey, a retrospective chart review and focus group discussions. The survey was administered to a convenience sample of adult patients (CTAS 2 -5) presenting to EDs in Kingston Ontario, and consisted of two validated tools that measured exposure to ACE and resiliency. Demographic data and ED utilization frequency for 12 months prior to the index visit were extracted from an electronic medical record for each patient completing the survey. A sample of participants with a high ACE burden (ACE score > 4) were invited to participate in focus groups to explore their experiences of care in the ED. Demographic, ED utilization and health status data were summarized and statistically significant patterns between high ACE and lower ACE patients were determined using Chi2t or t-tests. Transcripts from the focus groups were thematically analyzed using NVivo software by 2 independent researchers. Results: 1693 surveys were collected, 301 (18%) were deemed to have a high ACE score, data analysis is ongoing. The primary outcome is the relationship between ACE and the frequency of ED utilization among adult patients presenting to EDs in Kingston, ON. Secondary outcomes include evaluating the role of resilience as a potential mitigating factor, describing the demographics of high ACE burden frequent ED visitors, and the experiences of care for individuals with high ACE burden in the ED. These outcomes will be utilized to inform hypotheses for future studies and potential interventions aimed at optimizing ED utilization and patient care experience. Conclusion: This study provides novel insight into the relationship between ACE burden and ED utilization while also describing the demographics and experiences of care for ED patients with a high ACE score. Data analysis is on-going.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) represent a disease continuum with common genetic causes and molecular pathology. We recently identified mutations in the T-cell restricted intracellular antigen-1 (TIA1) protein as a cause of ALS +/− FTD. TIA1 is an RNA-binding protein containing a low complexity domain (LCD) that promotes the assembly of membrane-less organelles, such as stress granules (SG). Whole exome sequencing of two family members with fALS/FTD revealed a novel missense mutation in the TIA1 LCD (P362L). Subsequent screening identified five more TIA1 mutations in six additional ALS patients, but none in controls. All mutation carriers presented with weakness, behavioral abnormalities or language impairments and had a final diagnosis of ALS +/− FTD. Autopsy on five TIA1 mutation carriers showed widespread neurodegeneration with TDP-43 pathology. Round eosinophilic inclusions in lower motor neurons were a consistent feature. Cellular assays revealed abnormal SG dynamics in the presence of TIA1 mutations. In summary, missense mutations in the LCD of TIA1 are a newly recognized cause of ALS/FTD with TDP-43 pathology and strengthen the role of RNA metabolism in the pathogenesis in this disease.
Internet cognitive–behavioural therapy (iCBT) for panic disorder of up to 10 lessons is well established. The utility of briefer programmes is unknown.
To determine the efficacy and effectiveness of a five-lesson iCBT programme for panic disorder.
Study 1 (efficacy): Randomised controlled trial comparing active iCBT (n=27) and waiting list control participants (n=36) on measures of panic severity and comorbid symptoms. Study 2 (effectiveness): 330 primary care patients completed the iCBT programme under the supervision of primary care practitioners.
iCBT was significantly more effective than waiting list control in reducing panic (g=0.97, 95% CI 0.34 to 1.61), distress (g=0.92, 95% CI 0.28 to 1.55), disability (g=0.81, 95% CI 0.19 to 1.44) and depression (g=0.79, 95% CI 0.17 to 1.41), and gains were maintained at 3 months post-treatment (iCBT group). iCBT remained effective in primary care, but lower completion rates were found (56.1% in study 2 v. 63% in study 1). Adherence appeared to be related to therapist contact.
The five-lesson Panic Program has utility for treating panic disorder, which translates to primary care. Adherence may be enhanced with therapist contact.
Psychotic symptoms are common in children and adolescents and may be early manifestations of liability to severe mental illness (SMI), including schizophrenia. SMI and psychotic symptoms are associated with impairment in executive functions. However, previous studies have not differentiated between ‘cold’ and ‘hot’ executive functions. We hypothesized that the propensity for psychotic symptoms is specifically associated with impairment in ‘hot’ executive functions, such as decision-making in the context of uncertain rewards and losses.
In a cohort of 156 youth (mean age 12.5, range 7–24 years) enriched for familial risk of SMI, we measured cold and hot executive functions with the spatial working memory (SWM) task (total errors) and the Cambridge Gambling Task (decision-making), respectively. We assessed psychotic symptoms using the semi-structured Kiddie Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia interview, Structured Interview for Prodromal Syndromes, Funny Feelings, and Schizophrenia Proneness Instrument – Child and Youth version.
In total 69 (44.23%) youth reported psychotic symptoms on one or more assessments. Cold executive functioning, indexed with SWM errors, was not significantly related to psychotic symptoms [odds ratio (OR) 1.36, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.85–2.17, p = 0.204). Poor hot executive functioning, indexed as decision-making score, was associated with psychotic symptoms after adjustment for age, sex and familial clustering (OR 2.37, 95% CI 1.25–4.50, p = 0.008). The association between worse hot executive functions and psychotic symptoms remained significant in sensitivity analyses controlling for general cognitive ability and cold executive functions.
Impaired hot executive functions may be an indicator of risk and a target for pre-emptive early interventions in youth.
It has been suggested that offspring of parents with bipolar disorder are at increased risk for disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), but the specificity of this association has not been established.
We examined the specificity of DMDD to family history by comparing offspring of parents with (a) bipolar disorder, (b) major depressive disorder and (c) a control group with no mood disorders.
We established lifetime diagnosis of DMDD using the Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia for School Aged Children for DSM-5 in 180 youth aged 6–18 years, including 58 offspring of parents with bipolar disorder, 82 offspring of parents with major depressive disorder and 40 control offspring.
Diagnostic criteria for DMDD were met in none of the offspring of parents with bipolar disorder, 6 of the offspring of parents with major depressive disorder and none of the control offspring. DMDD diagnosis was significantly associated with family history of major depressive disorder.
Our results suggest that DMDD is not specifically associated with a family history of bipolar disorder and may be associated with parental depression.
Modiolus modiolus L. (horse mussel) reefs are a priority marine habitat of high conservation value that is currently listed as endangered and/or threatened across its European distribution. Population structure, density or shell morphology may influence the biodiversity of a reef, either directly or indirectly. Thus, such metrics are important considerations for successful conservation management of these biodiversity hotspots. Population structure, shell morphology and growth rates were examined in M. modiolus reefs across the UK range of the habitat to examine differences between key populations, including those near the Lleyn Peninsula in Wales (southern range), off Port Appin in Western Scotland (mid-range) and in Scapa Flow in the Orkney Isles, Scotland (northern range). Additionally, the influence of physical conditions (temperature and tidal flow) to growth rate and predicted maximum shell length for each population was examined. Growth rates were determined using acetate peels of sectioned shells. Lower juvenile abundance was observed in Scapa Flow. Small, narrow-shaped shells were found to be characteristic of North Lleyn mussels, and larger, globular-shaped shells were characteristic of mussels in Scapa Flow and off Port Appin. Mussels in Scapa Flow were slower growing, yet reached a longer asymptotic length (L∞) than mussels of Port Appin and North Lleyn. Growth curves from sites within this study were analysed with other published data. A trend of higher L∞ at higher latitudes and at lower flow rates was observed. Variations in growth and age are discussed in relation to flow regimes, connectivity to other reefs, density and latitude.
Introduction: Included in the first list of recommendations from the Choosing Wisely Canada (CW) Emergency Medicine (EM) group was to avoid ordering lumbosacral radiographs for patients with non-traumatic low back pain (LBP) in the absence of red flags. It has been suggested that these lumbosacral radiographs lead to unnecessary ionizing radiation and increase emergency department (ED) wait times without improving patient outcomes. This study evaluates lumbosacral imaging practices of emergency physicians (EPs) in four urban EDs. Methods: Data was retrospectively collected from patients, ages 18-60 and CTAS codes 2-5, who presented with non-traumatic LBP from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2016 to four urban EDs. The time frame included both pre- and post-CW recommendation. Patients considered high risk, specifically with PTT >40 s or INR >1.2 s, neurology/neurosurgery/spine consults, admission to hospital, and history of cancer, were excluded. The primary outcome was to establish lumbosacral radiograph usage rates for non-traumatic LBP. The secondary outcome was to identify factors that influenced lumbosacral spine imaging. Factors analyzed included patient age, patient sex, ED wait times, physician age, physician experience, and physician sex. Statistical significance was determined by chi-squared analysis. Results: The data from 3140 low-risk patients showed that 16.5% of the patients received lumbosacral radiographs. Physician variation in X-ray ordering was 0% to 85.7% (IQR 4.6 to 25%). There was a significant difference between the X-rays ordered at each site (site 1 (23.1%)>site 2 (17.2%)>site 3 (14.9%)>site 4 (11.3%), p<0.001). CCFP-EM licensed physicians (17.9%) ordered more X-rays compared to licensed physicians (13.7%, p<0.001). Time of presentation, physician sex, and patient sex did not affect the imaging practices. There was a trend towards decreased ordering of X-rays (17.6% vs. 15.1%, p=0.06) post-CW recommendation. Conclusion: Considerable variation exists in the ordering practices of Calgary EPs; however, on average they are choosing wisely in terms of ordering imaging for non-traumatic LBP.
SINCE THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY, an estimated 3.6 million Scots have left their homeland. This mobility was built on movement since the Middle Ages. During the past two decades, historians have increasingly sought to map the volume, chronology and profile of this migration, conceptualised by some as Scotland's diaspora. The rate of migration (including that to the rest of the United Kingdom) was surpassed in some periods only by Ireland, Norway and Italy and, most strikingly, net out migration continued until the 1990s. Faced with this notable phenomenon, early studies concentrated on motives for migration and the Scottish influence and contributions – particularly economic and cultural – in new lands. More recent work has endeavoured to explore the experiences of migrants including key themes of retention of ethnic characteristics and identities.
Several broad outlines emerge from these studies. First, Scottish mobility can be seen as global, not simply imperial, with the destinations to which Scots gravitated changing over time. Early mobility, for instance, was centred on Europe (especially Scandinavia, the Baltic and Poland), with Scots moving there as soldiers, pedlars and traders. From the seventeenth century, however, Scots began to colonise Ireland in considerable numbers and from the 1650s could be found in the Caribbean and the thirteen eastern colonies of North America. Only after the 1750s, however, did Scottish sojourners and settlers really begin to penetrate North America, the West Indies, Asia, Australasia and Africa. Second, the size of the outflow differed over time. Emigration in the seventeenth century was more voluminous than the eighteenth. But with improved communications, transport and vast new opportunities in the host lands in the nineteenth century, population outflows increased exponentially. The era of mass migration between 1815 and 1930 resulted in at least 50 million people (but more likely 60 million) leaving Europe. Britain and Ireland's portion of this mobility comprised around 18.7 million, which was approximately 36 per cent of all European migrants (at a time when Britain and Ireland constituted between 10 and 11 per cent of Europe's total population). Scotland's share was around 2 million. Third, the motives for migration from Scotland changed in very broad terms, when judged at the macro level, from deprivation to aspiration. Fourth, Scottish distinctiveness in contributions to new lands is visible in such areas as economic enterprise, environmental transformation and missionary activity.
NO SCOTTISH HISTORIAN HAS ever had as prominent a profile as Tom Devine. And it is a profile that is as high among the Scottish public (and further afield) as it is in academia, for he has never pursued his historical activity in an ivory tower. He has always been a fully involved scholar, organically connected to the culture and society that produced him. This helps to explain why he can additionally be described as the most influential modern historian of his generation. That influence can be identified in at least four significant dimensions:
• in the writing of academic history of the highest quality
• in the raising of funds and the creation of major research institutes to develop, direct and release the research of others
• in the public presentation of Scottish history both within and outside Scotland, inspiring a following usually found only in respect of popular writers
• in providing political and social commentary which brings historical perspectives to bear on current issues such as Scottish devolution and the 2014 independence referendum debate.
In the pursuit of all of these, Tom has been indefatigable in his involvement in public bodies; in delivering notable lectures not only in Scotland, but elsewhere in the United Kingdom as well as in Canada, the United States, New Zealand and throughout Europe; in writing in newspapers, recently particularly The Herald; and in media appearances on radio and on television. When we put into the mix highly influential positions in three Scottish universities (including a deputy principalship), adjunct professorships in both Canada and the United States, and a striking collection of prizes, medals, honours and honorary degrees from universities in Scotland and Northern Ireland, it becomes hard to believe that he has managed to cram it all into one career.
This tribute could very easily become a series of rather boring lists, for staggeringly long listings, all of them reflecting successfully accomplished projects and publications, constitute the bulk of Tom's curriculum vitae. Just to take the research topics he has undertaken, we find that they cover thirty-two themes.
THE PLURAL IS IMPORTANT. There have been several Scottish diasporas to Africa, not just in the sense of different periods and regions, or in terms of the movement of people as sojourners and settlers, but also in respect of religious and cultural influences, and then again in the realm of perceptions, of both intellectual and popular ideas. It might be thought that there would be a curious asymmetry in charting the connections between one small and poor society in north-western Europe and an entire continent with a host of different peoples and contrasting environmental regions. Yet the nature of the imperial period was such that a study of the inter-penetration of Scotland and Africa is essential, not least in terms of the reciprocal influences stimulated by the relationship. This reciprocity has to be understood, for the influence of Africa on Scotland and Scottish self-perceptions is itself important. Imperial influences were never one-way and cannot be examined solely through the dissemination of people, faiths and ideas. Empire was always about exchanges, negotiations, interactions, and the relationship of Scotland and Africa well reflects this. Moreover, the reciprocities occurred within Africa itself, for there were some intriguing ways in which African societies seem to have adopted Scottish forms into elements of, for example, their dance traditions. All of this indicates the manner in which Scottish ethnicity was undoubtedly seen as being distinct from that of the English. Moreover, the Scottish influence upon Africa certainly took different forms from that of other Britons.
The movement of Scots to Africa was different in kind from migrations to Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Although those three territories of settlement all had indigenous societies, whites overwhelmed them in terms of sheer numbers, backed by unstoppable military and political power. In British-controlled Africa, land alienation and indigenous dispossession took place in the territories that became the Union of South Africa, in Southern and Northern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe and Zambia), as well as in Nyasaland (Malawi) and Kenya. Most migrants to Africa were either professionals or people with capital, although many migrants to South Africa were working class. All migrants experienced an immediate boost to social status since whites were seldom involved in manual labour. They suddenly found themselves in supervisory roles, controlling low-paid African workers, as well as living with servants.
This is the official guideline endorsed by the specialty associations involved in the care of head and neck cancer patients in the UK. It discusses the evidence base pertaining to the management of metastatic neck disease in the setting of an unknown primary and provides recommendations on the work up and management for this group of patients receiving cancer care.
•All patients presenting with confirmed cervical lymph node metastatic squamous cell carcinoma and no apparent primary site should undergo: