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OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to find the predictors and generate a prediction score of resistance to intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) in patients with Kawasaki disease (KD). STUDY DESIGN Patients diagnosed as having KD were sampled when they received initial high-dose IVIG treatment (2 g/kg dose) within 9 days of illness (n = 320). These(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the long-term efficacy of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) for stenotic lesions after Kawasaki disease. STUDY DESIGN Questionnaires were sent to pediatricians in Japan in hospitals with 100 or more beds. A total of 1637 questionnaires were sent, and 1347 (82%) were returned. The(More)
Objective of this research is to study the presence of 3D flash lag illusion created by a moving object that has a motion-in-depth and a flash object. An object consisting of two thin sticks was simulated to approach the subject who observed it with a stereoscope. In the process of approaching, another stick was briefly presented in the middle of the moving(More)
The paper aims to present a new human-scale haptic device for virtual environment named Scaleable-SPIDAR (Space Interface Device for Artificial Reality), which can provides different aspects of force feedback sensations, associated mainly with weight, contact and inertia, to both hands within a cave-like space. Tensioned string techniques are used to(More)
BACKGROUND Infliximab (IFX), a known monoclonal antibody against tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), is used to treat Kawasaki disease (KD) patients with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) resistance. The transcriptional modulation of inflammation following IFX therapy has not been reported in KD patients. METHODS We investigated the transcript abundance(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to assess the sequential follow-up results of catheter intervention in Kawasaki disease by use of quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) and intravascular ultrasound imaging. METHODS AND RESULTS Catheter intervention was performed on 23 stenotic lesions in 22 patients (aged 2 to 24 years). Percutaneous balloon(More)
Although the renin angiotensin system (RAS) is a major regulator of vascular homeostasis, the role of the RAS in tumor angiogenesis is little understood. Here we show that host angiotensin II (ATII) type 1 (AT1) receptor plays an important role in angiogenesis and growth of tumor cells engrafted in mice. Subcutaneous B16-F1 melanoma-induced angiogenesis as(More)