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BACKGROUND/AIM Adiponectin, an adipocyte-derived protein, has been shown to exert antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, and antiatherosclerotic effects. Although recent reports show an increase in the total adiponectin levels in chronic kidney disease patients and in patients with end-stage renal disease, the nature of biodegradation and renal involvement of(More)
We evaluated clinical findings including those on dentistry and in the oral cavity of children with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSA). This study examined twenty-seven OSA children, who were advised by otolaryngologists to be admitted for closer examination and showed an apnea index (AI) of 5 or more on polysomnographs. Their clinical history was(More)
The authors describe a case of small cell carcinoma of the esophagus that was treated by concurrent chemoradiotherapy. Both the esophageal tumor and the regional lymph node metastases disappeared after this treatment. The patient is alive and disease free after more than five years. Primary small cell carcinoma of the esophagus is a rare and aggressive(More)
In an attempt to find a reliable method to assess fever in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a multifactorial analysis was applied to the routine laboratory examinations, including white blood cell count (WBC) and serum globulin fraction concentrations. During 74 febrile episodes, 49 SLE patients showed increased disease activity and the(More)
Mineral and bone disorders frequently cause cardiovascular complications and mortality in hemodialysis patients, but few observational studies of Japanese patients have investigated this matter. A retrospective cohort study of 99 patients (53 males, 46 females; mean age: 65 +/- 12 year; 38% with diabetes mellitus) on maintenance hemodialysis in our dialysis(More)
Carvedilol, a novel β-blocker with a vasodilating action, was given either alone (monotherapy) or with diuretics (combination therapy) to 42 patients with renal hypertension. The hypotensive effect, safety, and optimal dose were investigated. In all, 23 untreated patients (16 men and 7 women; average age, 56.4 ± 2.5 years) made up the monotherapy group and(More)
We studied 15 children of preschool age who had obstructive sleep apnea syndrome to evaluate their dentofacial morphology in relation to the pharyngeal airway space. We found that (1) sleep apnea was often associated with mandibular retrognathia, (2) the lower incisors tended to exhibit a retrocline, (3) there were no significant differences in angular and(More)
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