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We used voltage-sensitive-dye-based imaging techniques to identify and characterize the insular auditory field (IAF) in mice. Previous research has identified five auditory fields in the mouse auditory cortex, including the primary field and the anterior auditory field. This study confirmed the existence of the primary field and anterior auditory field by(More)
BACKGROUND Systemic thermal therapy (STT) has been associated with beneficial effects in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). The fact, however, that it requires a dedicated as well as spacious facility and trained personnel makes it difficult to practice in the daily care of patients with CHF. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine(More)
BACKGROUND Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) has improved prognosis in fatal arrhythmia and the number of ICD implantations has increased. ICD-related psychological problems and impaired quality of life (QOL), however, have been observed. This study examined whether gender differences exist in QOL and psychological disturbances in ICD patients.(More)
BACKGROUND Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is associated with repeated intermittent hypoxemia, and it is known as one of the risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. Previous studies assessing the effects of frequency and depth of hypoxemia on cardiovascular diseases have shown conflicting results. The aim of the current study was to clarify what(More)
OBJECTIVE It is well known that people with Down's syndrome (DS) frequently complicate with congenital heart diseases (CHDs). Patients with heart diseases often have sleep-disordered breathing as a co-morbidity (SDB) which worsens the heart diseases. However, the relationship between SDB and CHDs in DS people has not yet been fully elucidated. The aim of(More)
PURPOSE Hyperthermia (HT), an adjuvant therapy for variable cancers, may cause physiological changes in the patients, which may lead to cardiovascular problems. Among various HT treatments, the physiological effects of deep regional HT are still unclear. We examined the physiological alterations throughout deep regional HT to improve the HT safety. (More)
This study aimed to identify the parietal ventral (PV) area of the somatosensory cortex in mice and to determine whether auditory cortex and somatosensory cortex overlap. Using high resolution, voltage-sensitive dye-based imaging, we identified the PV area, which exhibited strong responses to stimulation of distal body parts but weak responses to(More)
BACKGROUND People with Down syndrome (DS) often have sleep-disordered breathing (SDB). Unusual sleep postures, such as leaning forward and sitting, are observed in people with DS. This study aimed to clarify the prevalence of unusual sleep postures and their relationships with SDB-related symptoms (SDB-RSs), such as snoring, witnessed apnoea, nocturnal(More)