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Kozo Kataoka, Kenichi Nakamura, Carmela Caballero, Serge Evrard, Anastassia Negrouk, Manabu Shiozawa, Laurence Collette, Haruhiko Fukuda, Denis Lacombe
The demand for international collaboration in cancer clinical trials has grown stronger to maximize efficiency, avoid duplication of effort and to achieve effective implementation of research results into medical practice. Infrastructures that could facilitate intercontinental collaboration not only between Europe and United States  but also between Europe and Asia are urgently needed. The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer, one of the major cancer clinical research infrastructure in Europe, initiated collaboration with the Japan Clinical Oncology Group, the largest cancer research cooperative group in Japan...
October 20, 2016: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
Diane Whalley, Tanaz Petigara, Lawrence Rasouliyan, Keisuke Tobe, Kaan Tunceli
OBJECTIVE: Orally disintegrating tablets (ODTs) offer a valuable treatment option, particularly when swallowing solid tablets with water is difficult or inconvenient. Montelukast is an effective treatment for asthma and allergic rhinitis (AR), and an ODT formulation became available in Japan in 2015. This study investigated levels of satisfaction with this new formulation among adults with asthma and/or AR in Japan. METHODS: Patients aged 20 years or older who were refilling a prescription for montelukast ODT in pharmacies across Japan completed questions on satisfaction with key features of montelukast ODT and the 9-item Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire for Medication (TSQM-9)...
October 21, 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
L Murli, A Thukral, M J Sankar, S Vishnubhatla, A K Deorari, V K Paul, A Sakariah, Dolma, R Agarwal
OBJECTIVE: To determine the agreement between transcutaneous bilirubin (TcB) measured from shielded skin and serum total bilirubin (STB) in infants (34 to 41 weeks of gestation) with hyperbilirubinemia receiving phototherapy (PT). STUDY DESIGN: In this prospective cohort study, we shielded a small area of skin on sternum using a commercial photo-opaque patch (BilEclipseTM, Philips Respironics, Murrysville, PA, USA). The TcB from the shielded skin (TcBs) and STB were measured at four time points-before initiation, 12 and 24 h during and once after (12 h) cessation of PT...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
Kensuke Hori, Tomohiko Tsuruta, Chihiro Odani, Hitomi Ono, Rieko Ohkubo, Kanoko Shimoji, Junko Murakami, Mio Nakagawa, Lina Tashima, Kimihiko Ito
OBJECTIVES: Treatment for ovarian cancer with bevacizumab(Bmab)has been covered by public medical insurance in Japan since November 2013. It is recommended that the use of Bmab is limited to the first treatment for FIGO stage III or IV ovarian cancer. The OCEAN trial for platinum sensitivity in relapsed patients and the AURELIA trial for platinum-resistance in relapsed patients were performed, and both significantly improved progression-free survival. METHOD: We retrospectively studied patients receiving Bmab with an anticancer agent for recurrent ovarian cancer...
October 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Kensuke Fujiwara, Ayako Yagahara, Takumi Tanikawa, Yuji Tani, Hisateru Ohba, Katsuhiko Ogasawara
The aim of this study is to analyze the maldistribution and the trends in the geographic distribution of radiological resources in secondary medical areas of Hokkaido. The distribution was measured by combining the Gini coefficient (GC), which is an indicator of inequality of distribution, and the Herfindahl-Hirschman index (HHI), which is mainly used to assess market concentration. Data concerning the distribution of radiological resources, such as CT, MRI, radiotherapy facilities (RTF), radiological technologists (RT), and medical doctors were obtained from official publications...
2016: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi
Sentaro Imamura, Shintaro Narita, Ryuta Nishikomori, Hiroshi Tsuruta, Kazuyuki Numakura, Atsushi Maeno, Mitsuru Saito, Takamitsu Inoue, Norihiko Tsuchiya, Hiroshi Nanjo, Toshio Heike, Shigeru Satoh, Tomonori Habuchi
BACKGROUND: Secondary bladder amyloidosis is an extremely rare disease, resulting from a chronic systematic inflammatory disorder associated with amyloid deposits. Although uncommon in Japan, familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is a hereditary autoinflammatory disease characterized by recurrent episodes of fever of short duration and serositis and is frequently associated with systemic amyloidosis. Here, we present a case of a Japanese patient complaining of fever and macroscopic hematuria after a living donor renal transplantation...
October 19, 2016: BMC Research Notes
Yuiko Koyano, Gojiro Nakagami, Shinji Iizaka, Junko Sugama, Hiromi Sanada
The aim of this study was to identify skin properties that may be used to predict the development of a skin tear (ST) among elderly patients. A prospective cohort study was conducted among elderly patients aged 65 and older (N = 149) at a long-term medical facility in Japan over an 8-month period. Skin properties at baseline were measured on the forearm using a 20-MHz ultrasound scanner, which measured the thickness of the dermis layer and low-echogenic pixels, and skin blotting method, which evaluated the levels of collagen type IV, matrix metalloproteinase-2 and tumour necrosis factor-alpha...
October 19, 2016: International Wound Journal
Suguru Kimoto, Yasuhiko Kawai, Atsuko Gunji, Hisatomo Kondo, Taro Nomura, Tomohiko Murakami, Akito Tsuboi, Guang Hong, Shunsuke Minakuchi, Yusuke Sato, Gaku Ohwada, Tetsuya Suzuki, Katsuhiko Kimoto, Noriyuki Hoshi, Makiko Saita, Yoshikazu Yoneyama, Yohei Sato, Masakazu Morokuma, Joji Okazaki, Takeshi Maeda, Kenichiro Nakai, Tetsuo Ichikawa, Kan Nagao, Keiko Fujimoto, Hiroshi Murata, Tadafumi Kurogi, Kazuhiro Yoshida, Masahiro Nishimura, Yasuhiro Nishi, Mamoru Murakami, Toshio Hosoi, Taizo Hamada
BACKGROUND: Denture adhesives, characterized as medical products in 1935 by the American Dental Association, have been considered useful adjuncts for improving denture retention and stability. However, many dentists in Japan are hesitant to acknowledge denture adhesives in daily practice because of the stereotype that dentures should be inherently stable, without the aid of adhesives. The aim of this study is to verify the efficacy of denture adhesives to establish guidelines for Japanese users...
October 18, 2016: Trials
Cenk Murat Özer, Ibrahim Ilker Öz, Ismail Şerifoğlu, Mustafa Çağatay Büyükuysal, Çağatay Barut
The orbital aperture is the entrance to the orbit in which most important visual structures such as the eyeball and the optic nerve are found. It is vital not only for the visual system but also for the evaluation and recognition of the face. Eyeball volume is essential for diagnosing microphthalmos or buphthalmos in several eye disorders. Knowing the length of the optic nerve is necessary in selecting the right instruments for enucleation. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate eyeball volume, orbital aperture, and optic nerve dimensions for a morphological description in a Turkish population sample according to gender and body side...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Yutaka Imai
It has been confirmed that clinical significance of home blood pressure measurements (HBPM) is higher than clinic BP measurements and ambulatory BP monitoring. However, several drawbacks of HBPM have also been mentioned, e.g. selection and reporting biases, difficulties of calculation of multiple measurements, difficulties of onsite judgement of numerous recordings, etc. Recent devices for HBPM incorporate memory function. This function can overcome such drawbacks of HBPM. These memorized data can transmit, storage, retrieve, be arithmetic and control, be judged based on algorithm and be got feedback...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Mao Takahashi, Tomoaki Shiba, Yuuiti Hori, Kenji Suzuki, Kohji Shirai
OBJECTIVE: Cardio ankle vascular index (CAVI) represents arterial stiffness of the aorta, femoral artery and tibial artery. We investigated whether annual change of CAVI is related to the onset of retinal abnormality on optic fundus. DESIGN AND METHOD: Subjects were 1,148 (male 47.4%) urban residents who participated in cardiovascular disease (CVD) screening in Japan during 2005- 2011. All subjects had normal finding of optic fundus at first health check and had not received medical treatment for CVD risk factor during this study...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Kazuomi Kario, Deepak Bhatt, Sandeep Brar, George Bakris
OBJECTIVE: Dynamic changes in 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure (BP) are associated with basal autonomic function and cardiovascular risk. We examined the influence of ethnicity on these parameters by comparing ambulatory BP dynamics in Japanese, African American (AA), and white populations with treatment-resistant hypertension. DESIGN AND METHOD: Both HTN-Japan (N = 41) and SYMPLICITY HTN-3 (N = 384 white and 140 AA) enrolled patients with office systolic BP ≥ 160 mmHg and 24-hour ambulatory systolic BP ≥ 135 mmHg while on ≥3 antihypertensive medications...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Eeva Juhanoja, Jouni Johansson, Lutgarde Thijs, Kei Asayama, Atsushi Hozawa, Takayoshi Ohkubo, George Stergiou, Ichiro Tsuji, Yutaka Imai, Antti Jula, Teemu Niiranen, Jan Staessen
OBJECTIVE: Increased home blood pressure (BP) variability seems to be associated with cardiovascular disease, but the lack of operational thresholds limits its clinical application. Our aim was to define outcome-driven thresholds for day-to-day home BP variability in the general population. DESIGN AND METHOD: The study population consisted of 6312 community-dwelling participants from Ohasama, Japan; Tsurugaya, Japan; Didima, Greece; and Finland. The participants were divided into ten groups by deciles of home BP variability, defined as the coefficient of variation (CV) of the first measurements of each day between 5:00 and 12:00 AM to account for between-cohort differences in measurement protocols...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Kazuomi Kario
The essential benefit of the management of hypertension is derived from the blood pressure (BP) lowering per se, indicating the importance of BP throughout 24 hours. Recent guidelines stressed the importance of home BP for the diagnosis and management of hypertension. It is well-known that cardiovascular events occur more frequently in the morning BP levels have been shown to increase during the period from night to early morning. Clinical research using ambulatory BP monitoring (ABPM) or home BP monitoring has clarified that morning BP and BP surge are more closely related to the cardiovascular risk than office BP (Kario et al...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Iwao Kuwajima
Since a concept of Evidence-based Medicine appeared in medical field in 1991, modern medical treatment have been remarkably changed.However, delusive belief of EBM without criticism has brought negative aspect, such as utilization of EBM by companies as a tool of promotion of drug or medical device.Although most of clinical trials were financially supported by drug companies. result of clinical trial does not always ended in favor of test drug or device. When negative results appeared, various way were taken by industry such as usage of SPIN, emphasizing secondary endpoint...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Hisao Nakai, Keiko Tsukasaki, Kaoru Kyota, Tomoya Itatani, Reiko Nihonyanagi, Yasuko Shinmei, Shizuka Yasuoka
This study investigated factors affecting disaster preparedness and evacuation intentions among home-care patients dependent on electrical power for life support. Health professionals interviewed 53 home-care patients using the Kanazawa and Kochi Disaster Preparedness Checklist. About half of the participants requiring continuous artificial ventilation or aspiration indicated that they would not or could not evacuate following a disaster-even though their lives could be at risk. The availability of emergency medical equipment for use during a power outage was positively associated with the desire to evacuate...
October 2016: Journal of Community Health Nursing
Alan N Baer, Ayako Okuhama, David W Eisele, Jody R Tversky, Thomas J Gniadek
Sialodochitis fibrinosa and allergic parotitis have described rare patients with recurrent salivary gland swelling and mucus plugs, often with atopy. We have evaluated three patients with atopic disease, recurrent salivary gland swelling and an eosinophilic sialodochitis. Two had eosinophil-rich mucus plugs. 56 additional cases were identified in a medical literature database search, each defined by recurrent salivary gland swelling associated with eosinophil-rich mucus plugs or sialodochitis with periductal eosinophilic infiltration...
October 17, 2016: Oral Diseases
Gorden Muduma, Isaac Odeyemi, Richard Fulton Pollock
BACKGROUND: As of 2014, there were approximately 8300 patients with a functioning liver transplant in the UK Transplant Registry, with 880 liver transplants performed in 2013-2014 alone. Tacrolimus, typically used in combination with steroids and mycophenolate mofetil, currently represents the cornerstone of post-transplant immunosuppression in liver transplant recipients. OBJECTIVES: The objective of the present study was to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of prolonged-release (PR) tacrolimus (Advagraf(®), Astellas Pharma Inc...
March 2016: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
Ita Muharram Sari, Lyna Soertidewi, Chiaki Yokota, Muneaki Kikuno, Masatoshi Koga, Kazunori Toyoda
BACKGROUND: Pneumonia is one of the most common medical complications after stroke. Incidence and risk factor analyses of stroke-associated pneumonia (SAP) in stroke care units (SCUs) are limited. SAP incidence comparisons across countries can identify the most effective treatment to reduce this incidence. METHODS: This was a retrospective study including consecutive patients with acute stroke in SCUs in 2 hospitals: 105 patients (mean age 78.2 ± 5.8) from the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center (NCVC) in Osaka, Japan (from July to August 2015), and 105 patients (mean age 60 ± 5...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
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