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A hundred years ago
23 Sep 2016
PROBABLY of all the symptoms that a malingerer can simulate, one of the most baffling is incontinence of urine. When medico-legal cases are sent for examination and report, there is usually only an opportunity for a single examination, lasting perhaps under an hour, which makes it well nigh impossible to disprove allegations of this disability.
01 Aug 2016
The idea of employing the electrically provoked activity of the muscles as a therapeutic agent in obesity has been made practical by the perfection of the present apparatus. Its application is not restricted by any crippling condition of the joints, and, whilst avoiding any dangerous strain upon the heart, it provides an amount of exercise sufficient to start a more or less rapid lipolysis. Perhaps the most interesting and surprising feature is the rapidity with which physical activity may be regained under treatment.
Pattern of women's drug use alters in prison
29 Mar 2009
Pattern of women's drug use alters in prison Illegal drug use is reduced when women enter prison and their pattern of misuse changes from street drugs to prescription medicines. Prior to imprisonment, just over half of the women entered into the study had been using an illicit drug on a daily basis, and 38% were ever injectors. Following entry into custody, 14% of the sample continued to use an illicit drug daily, and 2% of women continued to inject. The study used participants from 13 women's prisons across England. 'This study highlights the many challenges facing prison-based primary care services. These include:
* providing adequate drug treatment services which are effective in reducing illicit drug use
* harm reduction initiatives to lower the prevalence of injecting use with its related risks
* policy and practice which minimise the opportunity for prescribed medication to be diverted as a source of illicit drugs
* prevention of post-release opiate overdose death in those who stop using heroin on admission to prison and lose opiate tolerance.'