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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140936/increased-kawasaki-disease-incidence-associated-with-higher-precipitation-and-lower-temperatures-japan-1991-2004
#1
Joseph Y Abrams, Jennifer L Blase, Ermias B Belay, Ritei Uehara, Ryan A Maddox, Lawrence B Schonberger, Yosikazu Nakamura
BACKGROUND: Kawasaki disease (KD) is an acute febrile vasculitis which primarily affects children. The etiology of KD is unknown: while certain characteristics of the disease suggest an infectious origin, genetic or environmental factors may also be important. Seasonal patterns of KD incidence are well-documented, but it is unclear whether these patterns are caused by changes in climate or by other unknown seasonal effects. METHODS: The relationship between KD incidence and deviations from expected temperature and precipitation were analyzed using KD incidence data from Japanese nationwide epidemiological surveys (1991-2004) and climate data from 136 weather stations of the Japan Meteorological Agency...
November 14, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140770/specificity-and-genetic-diversity-of-xylose-fermenting-scheffersomyces-yeasts-associated-with-small-blue-stag-beetles-of-the-genus-platycerus-in-east-asia
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Masahiko Tanahashi, Jong-Kuk Kim, Kana Watanabe, Takema Fukatsu, Kôhei Kubota
Among insect-fungus relationships, xylose-fermenting Scheffersomyces yeasts are well known for their potential in utilizing wood hemicelluloses and their association with various wood-feeding insects. However, their specificity to host insects or strain-level diversity within host species has not been clearly elucidated. In the insect family Lucanidae, larvae usually feed on decaying wood, and adult females consistently possess a fungus-storage organ, called the mycangium, near the abdominal tip. Here the authors investigated host-symbiont relationships between Scheffersomyces yeast symbionts and small blue stag beetles of the genus Platycerus (Coleoptera: Lucanidae) in East Asia by using intergenic spacer (IGS) region as a genetic marker...
November 9, 2017: Mycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140269/the-prevalence-of-dietary-supplement-use-among-college-students-a-nationwide-survey-in-japan
#3
Etsuko Kobayashi, Yoko Sato, Keizo Umegaki, Tsuyoshi Chiba
To clarify the prevalence of dietary supplement use among college students, we conducted Internet-based nationwide questionnaire surveys with 157,595 Japanese college students aged between 18 to 24 years old who were registrants of Macromill Inc. (Tokyo, Japan). Among the 9066 respondents (response rate 5.8%), 16.8% were currently using dietary supplements. The prevalence of dietary supplement use did not differ significantly between males (17.1%) and females (16.7%). However, it increased according to their grade (13...
November 15, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140229/epidemiology-of-imported-malaria-cases-in-japan-2006-2014-a-sentinel-traveler-surveillance-approach
#4
Atsuhiro Kanayama, Yuzo Arima, Tamano Matsui, Koki Kaku, Hitomi Kinoshita, Kazunori Oishi
Malaria continues to be imported into Japan. To better assess the risk of imported malaria, we describe malaria species, suspected country/area of infection (accounting for the number of travelers), demographic characteristics, clinical manifestation, and healthcare access, based on the national surveillance data from 2006 to 2014. Among 557 cases, the median age was 33 years (range: 1-83 years), and 76% were male; 306 (55%) were classified as Japanese based on the reported name. The majority were Plasmodium falciparum infections (58%), followed by Plasmodium vivax infections (30%)...
November 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140122/lymphangioleiomyomatosis-diagnosis-and-management-high-resolution-chest-computed-tomography-transbronchial-lung-biopsy-and-pleural-disease-management-an-official-american-thoracic-society-japanese-respiratory-society-clinical-practice-guideline
#5
Nishant Gupta, Geraldine A Finlay, Robert M Kotloff, Charlie Strange, Kevin C Wilson, Lisa R Young, Angelo M Taveira-DaSilva, Simon R Johnson, Vincent Cottin, Steven A Sahn, Jay H Ryu, Kuniaki Seyama, Yoshikazu Inoue, Gregory P Downey, MeiLan K Han, Thomas V Colby, Kathryn A Wikenheiser-Brokamp, Cristopher A Meyer, Karen Smith, Joel Moss, Francis X McCormack
BACKGROUND: Recommendations regarding key aspects related to the diagnosis and pharmacological treatment of lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) were recently published. We now provide additional recommendations regarding four specific questions related to the diagnosis of LAM and management of pneumothoraces in patients with LAM. METHODS: Systematic reviews were performed and then discussed by a multidisciplinary panel. For each intervention, the panel considered its confidence in the estimated effects, the balance of desirable (i...
November 15, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139559/associations-among-tooth-loss-systemic-inflammation-and-antibody-titers-to-periodontal-pathogens-in-japanese-patients-with-cardiovascular-disease
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N Aoyama, J-I Suzuki, N Kobayashi, T Hanatani, N Ashigaki, A Yoshida, Y Shiheido, H Sato, M Minabe, Y Izumi, M Isobe
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: It is well known that there is a strong relationship between periodontitis and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Tooth loss reflects an end-stage condition of oral diseases, such as periodontitis. Infection with specific periodontal pathogens is known as a possible factor that influences development of CVD. The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between the number of residual teeth and systemic inflammatory conditions in patients with CVD. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We divided 364 patients with CVD into four groups, according to the number of residual teeth: (i) ≥20 teeth; (ii) 10-19 teeth; (iii) 1-9 teeth; and (iv) edentulous...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Periodontal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139198/factors-affecting-drug-development-strategies-in-asian-global-clinical-trials-for-drug-approval-in-japan
#7
Kunihito Asano, Yoshiaki Uyama, Masahiro Tohkin
We assessed the current status of Asian global clinical trials (GCTs) and factors, such as therapeutic areas, main metabolic enzymes targeted, approval status in the United States or the European Union, development strategies, influencing drug-development strategies in Asian GCTs and in general GCTs for drug approval in Japan. The findings suggested that region-specific diseases in Asia, intrinsic and extrinsic ethnic differences between Japanese/Asian and Caucasian populations, and the status of the drugs' development in the United States or the European Union all affected Asian GCTs...
November 15, 2017: Clinical and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139192/donepezil-is-associated-with-decreased-in-hospital-mortality-as-a-result-of-pneumonia-among-older-patients-with-dementia-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Yasuko Abe, Kentaro Shimokado, Kiyohide Fushimi
AIM: Pneumonia is one of the major causes of mortality in older adults. As the average lifespan has extended and new modalities to prevent or treat pneumonia are developed, the factors that affect the length of hospital stay (LHS) and in-hospital mortality of older patients with pneumonia have changed. The object of the present study was to determine the factors associated with LHS and mortality as a result of pneumonia among older patients with dementia. METHODS: With a retrospective cohort study design, we used the data derived from the Japanese Administrative Database and diagnosis procedure combination/per diem payment system (DPC/PDPS) database...
November 15, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139154/principal-component-analysis-of-three-dimensional-face-shape-identifying-shape-features-that-change-with-age
#9
M Kurosumi, K Mizukoshi
BACKGROUND: The types of shape feature that constitutes a face have not been comprehensively established, and most previous studies of age-related changes in facial shape have focused on individual characteristics, such as wrinkle, sagging skin, etc. In this study, we quantitatively measured differences in face shape between individuals and investigated how shape features changed with age. METHODS: We analyzed three-dimensionally the faces of 280 Japanese women aged 20-69 years and used principal component analysis to establish the shape features that characterized individual differences...
November 15, 2017: Skin Research and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139140/two-cases-of-infundibular-squamous-cell-carcinoma-on-the-nose-with-aggressive-clinical-behavior-case-report-and-review-of-the-published-work
#10
Takahiro Kiyohara, Sei Nakamaru, Naoko Nagano, Sayaka Terai, Kaoru Makimura, Kenji Suzuki, Hiroshi Iwai, Hirotsugu Tanimura
Case 1 was a 75-year-old Japanese man who presented with a poorly demarcated, dark-red nodule with a destructive defect in the center, measuring 3 cm × 2 cm on the right wing of his nose. The histological diagnosis was a common form of infundibular squamous cell carcinoma. Atypical neoplastic cells radiated from the wall of a follicular infundibulum. The majority of neoplastic cells were positive for AE1/AE3 and 34βE12. Cytokeratin 17 expression was seen in the suprabasal cells of the deeply situated neoplastic components...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138691/a-novel-dars2-mutation-in-a-japanese-patient-with-leukoencephalopathy-with-brainstem-and-spinal-cord-involvement-but-no-lactate-elevation
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Keiko Shimojima, Takafumi Higashiguchi, Kanako Kishimoto, Satoko Miyatake, Noriko Miyake, Jun-Ichi Takanashi, Naomichi Matsumoto, Toshiyuki Yamamoto
The mitochondrial aspartyl-tRNA synthetase 2 gene (DARS2) is responsible for leukoencephalopathy with brainstem and spinal cord involvement and lactate elevation (LBSL). A Japanese patient with LBSL showed compound heterozygous DARS2 mutations c.358_359delinsTC (p.Gly120Ser) and c.228-15C>G (splicing error). This provides further evidence that most patients with LBSL show compound heterozygous mutations in DARS2 in association with a common splicing mutation in the splicing acceptor site of intron 2.
2017: Human Genome Variation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138514/changing-trends-in-the-prevalence-of-h-pylori-infection-in-japan-1908-2003-a-systematic-review-and-meta-regression-analysis-of-170-752-individuals
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Chaochen Wang, Takeshi Nishiyama, Shogo Kikuchi, Manami Inoue, Norie Sawada, Shoichiro Tsugane, Yingsong Lin
Changing trends in the prevalence of H. pylori infection in the general population over time are thought to be the main driving force behind the declining gastric cancer mortality in Japan. However, whether the prevalence of H. pylori infection itself shows a birth-cohort pattern needs to be corroborated. We performed a systematic review of studies that reported the prevalence of H. pylori infection among Japanese individuals. Meta-regression was conducted in the framework of a generalized additive mixed model (GAMM) to account for heterogeneity in the prevalence of H...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138413/oscillators-that-sync-and-swarm
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Kevin P O'Keeffe, Hyunsuk Hong, Steven H Strogatz
Synchronization occurs in many natural and technological systems, from cardiac pacemaker cells to coupled lasers. In the synchronized state, the individual cells or lasers coordinate the timing of their oscillations, but they do not move through space. A complementary form of self-organization occurs among swarming insects, flocking birds, or schooling fish; now the individuals move through space, but without conspicuously altering their internal states. Here we explore systems in which both synchronization and swarming occur together...
November 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138372/-lower-g-i-colon-and-rectum-cancer-updated-japanese-guidelines-in-colon-and-rectum-cancer
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Kei Muro
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2017: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138191/evaluation-of-guidelines-regarding-surgical-treatment-of-breast-cancer-using-the-agree-instrument-a-systematic-review
#15
Xin Lei, Fengtao Liu, Shuying Luo, Ya Sun, Liling Zhu, Fengxi Su, Kai Chen, Shunrong Li
OBJECTIVES: Many clinical practice guidelines and consensus statements (CPGs/consensus statements) have been developed for the surgical treatments for breast cancer. This study aims to evaluate the quality of these CPGs/consensus statements. METHODS: We systematically searched the PubMed and EMBASE databases, as well as four guideline repositories, to identify CPGs and consensus statements regarding surgical treatments for breast cancer between January 2009 and December 2016...
November 14, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138019/a-patient-with-severe-fever-with-thrombocytopenia-syndrome-and-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-associated-involvement-of-the-central-nervous-system
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Kaneko Masahiko, Shikata Hisaharu, Matsukage Shoichi, Maruta Masaki, Shinomiya Hiroto, Suzuki Tadaki, Hasegawa Hideki, Shimojima Masayuki, Saijo Masayuki
Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS), a severe infectious disease caused by novel bunyavirus, SFTS virus (SFTSV), is endemic to China, Korea, and Japan. Most SFTS patients show abnormalities in consciousness. Pathological findings in the central nervous system (CNS) of SFTS patients are not reported. A 53-year-old Japanese man was admitted to Uwajima City Hospital with an 8-day history of fever and diarrhea. Laboratory tests revealed leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, and liver enzyme elevation. He was diagnosed as having severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) following detection of the SFTSV genome in his blood...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137842/comparison-of-pharmacokinetics-of-newly-discovered-aromatase-inhibitors-by-a-cassette-microdosing-approach-in-healthy-japanese-subjects
#17
Hiroyuki Kusuhara, Tadayuki Takashima, Hisako Fujii, Tsutomu Takashima, Masaaki Tanaka, Akira Ishii, Shusaku Tazawa, Kazuhiro Takahashi, Kayo Takahashi, Hidekichi Tokai, Tsuneo Yano, Makoto Kataoka, Akihiro Inano, Suguru Yoshida, Takamitsu Hosoya, Yuichi Sugiyama, Shinji Yamashita, Taisuke Hojo, Yasuyoshi Watanabe
The aim of the present study is to investigate the pharmacokinetics of our newly developed aromatase inhibitors (cetrozole and TMD-322) in healthy subjects by a cassette microdose strategy. A cocktail of cetrozole and TMD-322 was administered intravenously or orally (1.98 μg for each drug) to six healthy volunteers in a crossover fashion. Anastrozole (1.98 μg) was also included in the oral cocktail. Total body clearance and bioavailability were 12.1 ± 7.1 mL/min/kg and 34.9 ± 32.3% for cetrozole, and 16...
September 21, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137694/construct-validity-and-reliability-of-the-beliefs-toward-mental-illness-scale-for-american-japanese-and-korean-women
#18
Denise M Saint Arnault, Moonhee Gang, Seoyoon Woo
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Beliefs Toward Mental Illness Scale (BMI) across women from the United States, Japan, and South Korea. METHODS: A cross-sectional study design was employed. The sample was 564 women aged 21-64 years old who were recruited in the United States and Korea (American = 127, Japanese immigrants in the United States = 204, and Korean = 233). We carried out item analysis, construct validity by confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), and internal consistency using SPSS Version 22 and AMOS Version 22...
November 1, 2017: Research and Theory for Nursing Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137684/use-of-an-intraoperative-navigation-system-and-piezoelectric-surgery-for-styloidectomy-in-a-patient-with-eagle-s-syndrome-a-case-report
#19
Shintaro Sukegawa, Takahiro Kanno, Akio Yoshimoto, Kenichi Matsumoto, Yuka Sukegawa-Takahashi, Masanori Masui, Yoshihiko Furuki
BACKGROUND: Elongated styloid process syndrome (Eagle's syndrome) is the term given to the symptomatic elongation of the styloid process or the mineralization of the stylohyoid or stylomandibular ligament. The two commonly used approaches for the surgical treatment of this syndrome are the transcervical and transoral approaches. Both have their limitations and specific intraoperative risks. Here, we report the treatment of a patient with Eagle's syndrome using the transoral approach in conjunction with piezoelectric surgery, surgical planning, and intraoperative navigation to reduce the risk of complications...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137084/vertebral-column-decortication-for-the-management-of-sharp-angular-spinal-deformity-in-pott-disease-case-report
#20
Hong-Tao Hu, Feng-Yu Liu, Jin-He Yu, Liang Ren, Zhen-Fang Gu, Xian-Ze Sun
RATIONALE: Extremely sharp angular spinal deformity of healed tuberculosis can be corrected by vertebral column resection (VCR). However, the VCR techniques have many limitations including spinal column instability, greater blood loss, and greater risk of neurologic deficit. PATIENT CONCERNS: We described a new spinal osteotomy technique to collect sharp angular spinal deformity in Pott disease. A 52-year-old woman presented with back pain and gait imbalance. DIAGNOSIS: The kyphosis of healed tuberculosis was diagnosed based on history and imaging examinations...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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