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The association of serum uric acid (UA) with left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) remains controversial. We investigated this issue in a general population. Participants consisted of 1,943 subjects (774 males and 1,169 females) aged over 40 years, living in Tanushimaru (a Japanese cohort of the Seven Countries Study). Serum UA and other biochemistry(More)
OBJECTIVES Vaspin is a novel adipocytokine with potential insulin-sensitizing properties. Insulin resistance (IR) plays a role in the development and progression of atherosclerosis. However, the relationship between serum vaspin levels and atherosclerosis remains unknown. Therefore, we investigated whether vaspin was correlated with carotid intima-media(More)
We report the results of serial computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in a 9-month-old Japanese girl with the rare disorder, congenital sensory neuropathy with anhidrosis (CSNA). She developed a prolonged high fever, anorexia, and weight loss with laboratory findings of hemoconcentration and elevated levels of GOT, LDH and(More)
BACKGROUND In patients with cancer, hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is elevated and is a predictor of prognosis. We investigated whether serum HGF was a predictive marker for cancer death in a population of community-dwelling Japanese. METHODS We studied 1492 apparently healthy Japanese adults who underwent health examinations in 1999. Those who reported a(More)
Concentrations of human atrial natriuretic peptide (hANP) in the cord blood and the plasma were measured in 25 newborns. The level of hANP in 0 to 1 post-natal days (212.8 +/- 118.1 pg/ml; mean +/- SD) was significantly higher than that in cord blood (69.7 +/- 53.2 pg/ml) (p less than 0.005). There were no significant differences in the levels of hANP at(More)
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