Kumiko Nagata

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U. urealyticum, a member of the family Mycoplasmataceae, is often detected in the vagina of pregnant women. In this study, the possible association of ureaplasmal infection with preterm delivery was examined, as was the capacity of ureaplasmal LP to stimulate monocytes in vitro to produce pro-inflammatory cytokines relevant to preterm delivery. A hundred(More)
OBJECTIVE To generate a mouse model of reactive arthritis (ReA), an aseptic synovitis that develops in joints distant from the primary bacterial infection site, to examine roles for Toll-like receptors (TLRs) that recognize bacterial components involved in the development of this arthritis, and to identify the cytokine(s) relevant to this arthritis. (More)
Urinary incontinence (UI) is one of the most common and distressing conditions among nursing home residents. Although scheduled care is usually provided for them, incontinence care should be individualized regarding going to the toilet, changing diapers, and taking food and water. We have developed an individualized and comprehensive care strategy to(More)
The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of ultrasound on inflammatory skeletal muscle in vitro and in vivo. C2C12 cells were cultured in medium with or without TNF-α or IL-1β. After stimulation with cytokines, the cells received ultrasound or sham exposure. Furthermore, the tibialis anterior (TA) muscle in C57BL/6 mice injured by cardiotoxin(More)
UNLABELLED Miniscrew implants (MSIs) are currently used to provide absolute anchorage in orthodontics; however, their initial stability is an issue of concern. Application of low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) can promote bone healing. Therefore, LIPUS application may stimulate bone formation around MSIs and enhance their initial stability. AIM To(More)
Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) suppresses synovial hyperplasia and synovial cell proliferation characterized for rheumatoid arthritis, but the molecular mechanisms remain unknown. The purpose of this study was to examine the mechanotransduction pathway via the integrin/mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway in LIPUS exposure on the(More)
INTRODUCTION Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) has been known to promote bone healing by nonthermal effects. In recent studies, LIPUS has been shown to reduce inflammation in injured soft tissues. Xerostomia is one of the most common symptoms in Sjögren syndrome (SS). It is caused by a decrease in the quantity or quality of saliva. The successful(More)
This study focuses on Japanese group homes for the elderly with dementia and compares the quality of long-term care services between nonprofit and for-profit providers. In order to evaluate the quality of services offered, this study regards the change in a user’s health condition from the onset of living in a group to the completion of the survey period.(More)
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