Koji Yonemoto

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OBJECTIVE We studied the relationship between liver enzymes and the development of diabetes in a general Japanese population. RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES A total of 1804 non-diabetic subjects 40 to 79 years of age were followed-up prospectively for a mean of 9.0 years. RESULTS During the follow-up, 135 subjects developed diabetes. In both sexes, the(More)
INTRODUCTION Chronic pain is a significant health problem worldwide, with a prevalence in the general population of approximately 40%. Alexithymia -- the personality trait of having difficulties with emotional awareness and self-regulation -- has been reported to contribute to an increased risk of several chronic diseases and health conditions, and limited(More)
BACKGROUND Resistin, secreted from adipocytes, causes insulin resistance in mice. The relationship between resistin and coronary artery disease is highly controversial, and the information regarding resistin and ischemic stroke is limited. In the present study, the association between serum resistin concentration and cardiovascular disease (CVD) was(More)
OBJECTIVE We examined whether metabolic syndrome predicts incident type 2 diabetes more effectively than impaired fasting glucose (IFG) in a general Japanese population. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS A total of 1,935 nondiabetic subjects aged 40-79 years were followed-up prospectively for a mean of 11.8 years. RESULTS During the follow-up, 286 subjects(More)
OBJECTIVE This study analyzed the clinicopathological correlation between ovarian cancer (OC) and RECQL1 DNA helicase to assess its therapeutic potential. METHODS Surgically resected OC from 118 retrospective cases, for which paraffin blocks and all clinical data were complete, were used in this study. RECQL1 and Ki-67 immunostaining were performed on(More)
BACKGROUND Although the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) is acknowledged as a promising neuropsychological tool, its normative data for older populations have not been established yet. The purpose of this study was to provide normative data for the MoCA in Japanese community-dwelling older people. METHODS In a Japanese town, 1,977 participants aged 65(More)
BACKGROUND There have been few population-based studies of the seroprevalence and correlates of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2) in Japan. METHODS We enrolled a total of 1244 adults, aged 18-59 years, from a population-based cohort in southern Japan, and tested their serum samples using an ELISA kit containing HSV type-specific(More)
BACKGROUND Uncertainty still surrounds the association between metabolic syndrome (MetS) and depression. We aimed to evaluate the association between MetS and elevated depressive symptoms in a general Japanese population. METHODS This is a cross-sectional survey of 3,113 community-dwelling individuals aged 40 years or over. MetS was defined according to(More)
Detecting signs of cognitive impairment as early as possible is one of the most urgent challenges in preventive care of dementia. It has still been unclear whether physical fitness measures can serve as markers of low cognitive function, a sign of cognitive impairment, in older people free from dementia. The aim of the present study was to examine an(More)
Besides n-octanoyl ghrelin (O-ghrelin), there is another acyl-form of ghrelin; n-decanoyl ghrelin (D-ghrelin), which has a decanoic acid modification. In this study, we examined the kinetics of D-ghrelin immunoreactivity in human plasma in comparison to O-ghrelin or total ghrelin by using a D-ghrelin-specific radioimmunoassay. The dynamics of plasma(More)