Hiromi Hamanaka

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A new Japanese nickel-titanium (NiTi) alloy wire was developed by the Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. of Japan. This wire was subjected to uniaxial tensile testing and a specially designed three-point bending test to determine the wire stiffness, and to evaluate spring-back, shape memory, and super-elasticity. The Japanese NiTi wire exhibited an unusual(More)
Mechanical properties of titanium-zirconium binary alloys were investigated in order to reveal their possible use for new biomedical materials and to collect useful data for alloy design through a hardness test, a tensile test, and optical microscopy. The hardness of the alloy containing 50% zirconium was approximately 2.5 times as large as the hardness of(More)
A 53-year-old woman had asymptomatic multiple nodules on her gluteal region for 6 months. She had a history of systemic corticosteroid treatment for Evans' syndrome. Recently she had developed an immunodeficiency condition with CD4+ cell depletion without an HIV infection and a normal serum gamma globulin level. A smear from the purulent exudate of the(More)
The super-elasticity of Ti-Ni alloy was investigated in tensile and bending tests to evaluate the mechanical properties of the castings and heat treatment effect on the bending properties of the wires for new clinical applications of the alloy in prosthodontics and orthodontics. In terms of the tensile properties of the castings, apparent proof stress(More)
To compare the surface properties of calcium-ion (Ca2+)-implanted titanium with those of titanium and to investigate the mechanism of bone conductivity of Ca2+-implanted titanium, amounts of hydroxyl radical of Ca2+-implanted titanium and titanium were estimated. Also, the point of zero charge (p.z.c.) of oxide constituting surface oxides of Ca2+-implanted(More)
A new continuous wiring method of intermaxillary fixation with super-elastic Ni-Ti alloy ligature wires was developed to avoid the risk in postoperative emergency. Differential scanning calorimetry, three-point bending tests and fastening tests were carried out to investigate basic properties of the wires. Transformation temperatures of the Ni-Ti alloy(More)
Four patients with systemic scleroderma (SSc), 4 patients with morphea, and 4 patients with hypertrophic scar were treated with topical tocoretinate for 6 months to 3 years and studied clinically and histopathologically. Clinically, all of the lesions responded to this therapy. The stiffness of the skin lesions, glossy appearance of the lesions, and(More)
Quinolone has become one of the common causative agents of drug-induced photosensitive dermatitis, and its phototoxicity has now become a clinical issue. The mechanisms of long-lasting phototoxicity induced by sparfloxacin (SPFX) were investigated using melanotic and amelanotic melanoma cell lines. The sensitivities to SPFX and UVA irradiation up to 6 J/cm2(More)
Skin hyperpigmentation and itching are characteristic findings in systemic sclerosis (SSC) patients. Stem cell factor (SCF, c-kit ligand) is a multifunctional cytokine which can promote melanocyte and mast cell development. We investigated the SCF expression histopathologically in normal and SSC skin, and compared the expression with the serum SCF levels(More)
Allopurinol is a xanthine oxidase inhibitor widely used to control plasma uric acid levels. Episodes of hypersensitivity to the drug are not rare. A severe form of this with a generalized exanthem, fever and liver involvement has been termed the allopurinol hypersensitivity syndrome (AHS). Patch testing and lymphocyte stimulation testing (LST) are not(More)