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OBJECTIVES (1) To determine whether serum concentration of serum amyloid A (SAA) protein is influenced by the SAA1 allele in Japanese patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as previously shown in a healthy control group; and (2) to analyse what factors, based on such an allelic bias, influence the relative SAA values of those patients. METHODS SAA and C(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to determine whether pretreatment quantitative and visual parameters seen on PET/CT using (18)F-FDG add prognostic information for clinical staging in patients with head and neck cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS We enrolled 108 patients with histologically proven oral, oropharyngeal, hypopharyngeal, and laryngeal(More)
Midazolam is a widely used drug which has anxiolytic, sedative-hypnotic, muscle relaxing, anticonvulsant action and strong anterograde amnesic effect. But misuse of large doses were reported. We determined the minimum effective dose of midazolam using nitrous oxide (75%) and pentazocine. Induction of anesthesia needed only 0.03-0.04 mg.kg-1 of midazolam.(More)
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