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Bone marrow stromal cells (MSCs) have the capability under specific conditions of differentiating into various cell types such as osteocytes, chondrocytes, and adipocytes. Here we demonstrate a highly efficient and specific induction of cells with neuronal characteristics, without glial differentiation, from both rat and human MSCs using gene transfection(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of concurrent chemoradiotherapy using weekly nedaplatin for the treatment of locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix. Nedaplatin at 30 mg/m(2) was administered weekly 6 times with a concurrent external beam and intracavity radiotherapy. External beam radiation was(More)
5585 Background: We conducted the present surveillance to clarify the significance of adjuvant radiotherapy and the cause of poor outcome of adenocarcinoma (AC). METHODS A total of 825 patients with FIGO stage Ib-IIb cervical cancer, who underwent type III radical hysterectomy in 10 institutes of SGSG/ TGCU Intergroup between April 1997 and March 2003,(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Active hexose correlated compound (AHCC) is a newly developed functional food. In vitro experiments have shown that AHCC enhances natural killer cell activity, and may be considered a potent biological response modifier in the treatment of cancer patients. However, the effects of AHCC in a clinical setting have not been reported. We seek to(More)
AIMS The aims of this study were to evaluate the factors affecting prognosis in patients with uterine sarcomas and to demonstrate that carcinosarcoma bears a similarity to high-grade endometrial carcinoma in terms of its prognosis and clinicopathological parameters. METHODS In June 2004, 17 Japanese institutions received questionnaires regarding uterine(More)
Minoxidil is effective in inducing hair growth in patients with androgenetic alopecia by stimulating hair follicles to undergo transition from early to late anagen phase. However, there have been no controlled studies of topical minoxidil in Asian women. The objective of this trial was to investigate the efficacy of 1% topical minoxidil for androgenetic(More)
We describe a high-speed pattern recognition system using Evolvable Hardware (EHW), which can change its own hardware structure by genetic learning in order to adapt best to the environment. The purpose of the system is to show that EHW can work as a recognition device with such robustness for the noise as seen in the recognition systems based on neural(More)
Castleman's disease (CD), a rare benign disease characterized by lymphoid hyperplasia, typically arises in the mediastinum as a solitary tumor. We describe herein a rare case of intramuscular CD occurring in the left deltoid in a 28-year-old woman. The present case is instructive in the differential diagnosis of primary soft tissue tumors, for which the(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to determine whether para-aortic lymphadenectomy improves disease-related survival (DRS) in stage IIIc endometrial cancer. METHODS A total of 63 patients with stage IIIc endometrial carcinoma underwent primary radical surgery in the Tohoku Gynecologic Cancer Unit from 1993 to 2004. All patients had modified radical(More)