Masaru Suzuki

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BACKGROUND The major sites of obstruction in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are small airways (<2 mm in diameter). We wanted to determine whether there was a relationship between small-airway obstruction and emphysematous destruction in COPD. METHODS We used multidetector computed tomography (CT) to compare the number of airways measuring(More)
Recent studies suggested that administration of corticosteroids may improve clinical outcomes in patients with severe pneumonia. The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of corticosteroids as an adjunctive therapy in community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) requiring hospitalization. An open label, prospective, randomized control study was conducted(More)
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the capability of breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and mammography in determining tumor extent and the detectability of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) in association with histopathological features. Thirty women with breast cancer underwent 3D dynamic MRI. Twelve women had pure DCIS and 18 women had DCIS with(More)
Lipid binding activities of the P2 protein in peripheral nerve myelin were examined using retinoic acid, retinol and oleic acid as ligands. The P2 protein showed the specific binding affinity to both of retinoic acid and retinol. The binding site of these ligands was suggested to be similar. In addition, the high binding activity of the P2 protein with(More)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a heterogeneous disease consisting of emphysema, small airway obstruction, and/or chronic bronchitis that results in significant loss of lung function over time. In order to gain insights into the molecular pathways underlying progression of emphysema and explore computational strategies for identifying COPD(More)
Curcumin, a yellow pigment obtained from turmeric (Curcumina longa), is a dietary polyphenol that has been reported to possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The effect of curcumin against the development of pulmonary emphysema in animal models is unknown. The aim of this study was to determine whether curcumin is able to attenuate the(More)
AIM Although computed tomography (CT) signs of ischaemia, including loss of boundary (LOB) between grey matter and white matter and cortical sulcal effacement, in cardiac arrest (CA) survivors are known, their temporal profile and prognostic significance remains unclear; their clarification is necessary. METHODS Brain CT scans were obtained immediately(More)
INTRODUCTION Little is known about oxyhemoglobin (oxy-Hb) levels in the cerebral tissue during the development of anoxic and ischemic brain injury. We hypothesized that the estimated cerebral oxy-Hb level, a product of Hb and regional cerebral oxygen saturation (rSO2), determined at hospital arrival may reflect the level of neuroprotection in patients with(More)
Toshiba submitted six runs in the NTCIR crosslingual task. Our basic approach was translation of Japanese search requests into English using a commercial machine translation system. Runs TSB1, TSB5 and TSB6 used the ASTRANSAC machine translation system, while, for comparison, TSB3 used queries manually constructed by a bilingual. TSB2 is TSB1 plus local(More)
AIM Aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) is a relatively common cause of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Early identification of SAH-induced OHCA with the use of brain computed tomography (CT) scan obtained immediately after resuscitation may help emergency physicians make therapeutic decision as quickly as they can. METHODS During the 4-year(More)