Kazuyuki Suzuki

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A nationwide statistical survey of 4124 dialysis facilities was conducted at the end of 2008 and 4081 facilities (99.0%) responded. The number of patients undergoing dialysis at the end of 2008 was determined to be 283,421, an increase of 8179 patients (3.0%) compared with that at the end of 2007. The number of dialysis patients per million at the end of(More)
AIM   Carnosic acid (CA) inhibits adipogenesis in vitro. The present study evaluated the therapeutic effects of CA in ob/ob mice. METHODS   The experimental animals were given a standard chow diet with or without CA for 5 weeks. Bodyweight gain and food intake were measured during this period. Magnetic resonance imaging analysis, histological examination,(More)
Among 87 patients who were previously treated for acute hepatitis of unknown etiology between 1992 and 2001 at five hospitals in Japan, 11 (13%) patients were positive for immunoglobulin M-class antibodies to hepatitis E virus (HEV) by enzyme immunoassay and had detectable HEV RNA by reverse transcription-PCR with two independent sets of primers derived(More)
A nationwide statistical survey of 4226 dialysis facilities was conducted at the end of 2010, and 4166 facilities (98.6%) responded. The number of new patients introduced into dialysis was 37,512 in 2010. This number has decreased for two consecutive years since it peaked in 2008. The number of patients who died in 2010 was 28,882, which has been increasing(More)
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection can lead to serious liver diseases, including liver cirrhosis (LC) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC); however, about 85-90% of infected individuals become inactive carriers with sustained biochemical remission and very low risk of LC or HCC. To identify host genetic factors contributing to HBV clearance, we conducted(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Nutritional intervention with branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) is reported to increase serum albumin concentration in patients with decompensated cirrhosis. However, a definite conclusion on whether it can improve patients' survival has not yet been reached. The present study aimed to test possibilities of improving survival of patients(More)
We report a case of primary hepatic lymphoma in a 55-yr-old female patient with primary biliary cirrhosis and Sjögren's syndrome. On July 1994, a tumor measuring 11 mm in diameter was detected in the right lobe of the liver by abdominal ultrasonography. A needle biopsy specimen showed the lesion to contain small- and medium-sized lymphoid cells without(More)
PURPOSE A randomized, double-blind, multicenter study (ETV-047) was conducted to evaluate the dose-response relationship of entecavir and compare its antiviral activity and safety with lamivudine in Japanese patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB). METHODS One hundred thirty-seven nucleoside-naive adult patients with CHB were randomized to once-daily oral(More)
Notch signaling is often and aberrantly activated by hypoxia during tumor progression; however, the exact pathological role of hypoxia-induced Notch signaling in tumor metastasis is as yet poorly understood. In this study, we aimed to define the mechanism of Notch-ligand activation by hypoxia in both primary tumor and bone stromal cells in the metastatic(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the present study was to examine the safety and efficacy of endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) for early gastric cancer (EGC) based on the long-term outcomes. PATIENTS AND METHODS From June 2002 to March 2007, ESD was carried out in 472 cases and 570 lesions of EGC. Post-surgical cases and status-unknown cases were excluded. The(More)